About Construction Law

In construction, knowing the law is only part of the challenge. It’s also important to see things from a commercial perspective and understand the connection between the agreements you’re advising on and what happens on the ground – knowing when to push a point or let it go and enabling you to give your clients advice that they can work with. From design to build and beyond.

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Issues in construction contracts

Applying statutory requirements when drafting and negotiating construction contracts throws up common problems and disputes. We cover HGCRA 1996 requirements plus other issues lke retention, set off, and escrow.

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Construction disputes

In-depth guidance and precedent documents for enforcing and challenging the adjudicator’s decision. From correcting errors under the slip rule, to grounds for a jurisdictional challenge, this is the place to go.

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Standard form construction contracts

We publish JCT 2016 contracts and FIDIC contracts, and have related schedules of amendments for key forms. See other schedules of amendments, practice notes, and checklists for forms including NEC, MF/1, ICC.

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Commercial perspective

Understand the connection between the agreements you’re advising on and what happens on the ground. Know when to push a point or let it go, and give your clients advice they can work with from design to build and beyond.

Latest Construction Q&As

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A creditor serves a statutory demand on a debtor where the debtor only accepts part of the debt is payable, and does not pay the undisputed element of the debt. Can a creditor still petition for the debtor’s winding up for that part of the undisputed amount using the same statutory demand as a basis for the winding-up petition subject to the minimum threshold being met?
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Is Brexit considered a force majeure event?
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Can a person intervene in ongoing civil proceedings to which they are not currently a party or be added as an ‘interested party’ (outside the judicial review context) and what is the difference between these two concepts (intervenor/interested party)? How would such an application be made and how would the court manage the proceedings going forward (would the intervenor/interested party have rights to give evidence etc)? Also would there be any cost implications for the intervenor/interested party? What impact would this have on any judgment given by the court and would the judgment bind the intervenor/interested party?
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What should a defendant do where a claimant has (1) failed to comply with the relevant pre action protocol and (2) failed to provide the 'new' statement of truth in its particulars of claim? How should this be approached when pleading the defence and what would be an appropriate sanction to request in respect of the above?
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Is it a legal requirement to comply with the Approved Code of Practice relating to the CDM Regs?

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