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.

LexisPSL Construction understands and reflects the way construction lawyers work in practice. Our clear, concise practice notes, written by our in-house lawyers and external authors, give you a no-nonsense, practical insight, in just a few pages, to help you to understand difficult or unfamiliar areas of construction law. Plus, you can follow direct links to relevant legislation, case law and commentary including the consolidated Construction Act (and other key acts), Construction Law Reports, Construction Law (journal) and Emdens Construction Law.

You’ll also find up-to-date and accurate precedents, flowcharts that help you understand the whole process, checklists to make sure you don’t miss a step and news updates that help you to stay on top of the latest developments in construction law and in the industry.

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This Practice Note identifies some of the key differences between adjudication and litigation, arbitration, mediation and expert...
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Produced in partnership with 4 Pump Court 9th Nov
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This Practice Note examines agreements entered into under sections 38 and 278 of the Highways Act 1980, considering the obligations they impose and,...
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9th Nov
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It is common in construction projects for defects to manifest or appear in the works. Most construction contracts require the contractor to return to...
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9th Nov
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Brexit impact—public procurement: The UK public procurement regime derives from EU public procurement laws, and is therefore impacted by the UK’s...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note looks at Employer’s Requirements (also referred to as ERs) within a building contract. It explains what Employer’s Requirements are...
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This Practice Note examines the purpose and content of the schedule of services that will usually be appended to a consultant’s appointment entered...
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9th Nov
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What is a letter of intent?Letters of intent are used in construction and engineering projects to allow the employer to mobilise a contractor before...
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9th Nov
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While tort claims are not as common in construction projects as breach of contract claims, they do still arise and it is not uncommon for a claimant...
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9th Nov
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A variation (sometimes referred to as a change) is an alteration to the scope of work originally specified in the contract, whether by way of an...
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9th Nov
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It is standard practice in construction projects for the contractor, key sub-contractors and consultants (referred to in this Practice Note as...
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9th Nov
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A collateral warranty is a contract which is collateral to, or sits alongside, the underlying or primary contract (ie the construction contract or...
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9th Nov
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What is sectional completion?Where the construction contract splits the works into sections or parts, usually to be started at different times, there...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note looks at the SBCC (Scottish Building Contract Committee) standard forms of contract and the key differences between them and the...
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Produced in partnership with MacRoberts LLP 9th Nov
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This Practice Note looks at the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Plant and Design Build 1999, commonly known as the FIDIC Yellow Book 1999.FIDIC...
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Produced in partnership with Victoria Tyson of Corbett & Co 9th Nov
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This Practice Note provides an overview of what interim payments are, how the right to be paid (usually by monthly or stage/milestone payments) arises...
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9th Nov
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Scott Schedules are often very useful in construction disputes. They help to identify the key issues between the parties, and to set out for the judge...
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Produced in partnership with James Bowling of 4 Pump Court 9th Nov

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Produced in partnership with Joanne Kane of Carmelite Chambers 2nd Dec
Precedents
[ON THE HEADED NOTEPAPER OF CLAIMANT’S SOLICITORS][Name of defendant or defendant’s solicitor, if known][Address][Date]Dear [insert contact...
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The Construction case tracker is a list of key judgments from 2019 and 2020 considered relevant to construction lawyers, with cases listed in reverse...
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Q&As
Formalities for a deedThe following are the necessary requirements for a deed:•it must be in writing•it must make it clear that it is intended to be a...
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Produced in partnership with Lynne Counsell of 9 Stone Buildings 2nd Dec
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It is assumed that the contract is a business-to-business commercial contract.You may wish to consider the following:•Brexit—warranty for commercial...
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Q&As
In commercial transactions it is frequently the case that an ‘entire agreement’ clause will be inserted into the contract with the purpose of seeking...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 2nd Dec
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Q&As
CPR 36 sets out a self-contained procedural code relating to offers to settle made pursuant to its terms. CPR 36 offers are a powerful weapon in a...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 1st Dec
Q&As
A third party debt order (TPDO) is one of a suite of enforcement measures that a party can deploy when seeking to obtain monies from a judgment...
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Produced in partnership with Ryan Turner of Lamb Chambers 1st Dec
Q&As
This response assumes that the deed is executed by an individual.This response excludes execution under seal, by electronic signatures, by...
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Produced in partnership with Cecilia Xu Lindsey of 9 Stone Buildings 1st Dec
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Brexit: As of exit day (11pm on 31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK...
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1st Dec
Practice notes
Most companies supplying materials or goods within the construction industry do so using standard written terms and conditions. These terms will...
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1st Dec
Precedents
Date: [date]Parties1[name of Fund] [of OR incorporated in England and Wales with company registration number [number] whose registered office is at OR...
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1st Dec
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This Practice Note considers some of the actual and potential legal and practical consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit) for...
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date [date].Parties1[name of Landlord] [of OR incorporated in England and Wales with company registration number [number] whose registered office is...
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STOP PRESS: This Practice Note is under review to consider the impact of the UK and the EU entering into the Withdrawal Agreement. The Withdrawal...
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Produced in partnership with Angharad Parry of 20 Essex Street 1st Dec

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