Construction law—new starter guide
Construction law—new starter guide

The following Construction guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Construction law—new starter guide
  • Topics covered
  • What do construction lawyers do?
  • Parties involved in a construction project
  • Structure of a construction project (procurement)
  • Pricing
  • Timeline of a construction project
  • Is there any special legislation?
  • Building contracts
  • Consultant appointments
  • more

This is an introductory guide to construction law. It is aimed at trainee solicitors and others who are new to construction as a practice area.

The guide focuses on the basic principles that apply to construction law and projects. It includes numerous links to other LexisPSL material which provides more comprehensive information on the topics covered. Those who are new to construction law are likely also find the Overviews in each of the topics in Construction useful. Where something is not covered by this basic guide, return to the Construction homepage to browse further content, or use LexisAsk to ask the team a question.

For those involved in disputes work, see also Practice Note: Construction disputes—new starter guide.

Topics covered

  1. What do construction lawyers do?

  2. Parties involved in a construction project

  3. Structure of a construction project (procurement)

  4. Pricing

  5. Timeline of a construction project

  6. Is there any special legislation?

  7. Building contracts

  8. Consultant appointments

  9. What are collateral warranties and third party rights?

  10. Are there any other construction documents to be aware of?

  11. Construction disputes

  12. Construction terminology

What do construction lawyers do?

Some construction lawyers deal only with non-contentious matters, whereas others specialise in construction related disputes—others practice in both non-contentious and contentious construction law.

A non-contentious/transactional construction lawyer can regularly expect to be involved in preparing, negotiating and checking the contractual documentation for