Contentious construction

We assist clients whenever a dispute arises during the construction process or following completion.  We are regularly called on to provide advice on issues such as delay, loss and expense, defects and contract variations. 

Our objective is for our client to achieve its desired result at the earliest possible stage.  With this in mind we help clients through the pre-action stages of litigation and are often able to resolve claims without the need to issue proceedings.  

Where claims cannot be settled at this stage we have extensive experience in advising on all types of dispute resolution forum, including mediation (and other forms of alternative dispute resolution), adjudication, litigation and arbitration. 

In addition to resolving disputes the Contentious Construction team offers pragmatic and practical advice to clients with respect to the administration and management of contracts and in relation to the mitigation of claims.  We also provide advice on the procedures for and consequences of terminating building contracts and professional team appointments and in relation to the implications of insolvency.


Podcast: COVID-19 and the Real Estate Market

Podcast host, Knowledge Development Lawyer Miri Stickland, is joined by a trio of partners, Magnus Hassett from Commercial Real Estate, Ben Barrison from Property Litigation and Emily Holdstock from our Construction team, to discuss some of the issues we have seen affecting the real estate market as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Podcast: COVID-19 and the Real Estate Market


C-19: Implications for construction - Emily Holdstock writes for Law In The Lockdown

Emily Holdstock, Partner in our Construction team, has written for legal real estate blog 'Law In The Lockdown' discussing the implications of COVID-19 on the Construction industry.

C-19: Implications for construction - Emily Holdstock writes for Law In The Lockdown


Are EPC requirements immune to the COVID-19 lockdown?

You need a valid energy performance certificate (EPC) before marketing a building for sale or rent, whether domestic or non-domestic property. The same requirement applies on construction of a new building and potentially when alterations are carried out to an existing building. However, with England and Wales in a state of “lockdown”, is it fair to expect this legal requirement to remain?

Are EPC requirements immune to the COVID-19 lockdown?


Construction contracts – the impact of Covid-19

Over the past few weeks, developers and contractors have been assessing the potential implications of coronavirus and COVID-19 on construction projects. Whilst matters continue to change on a daily basis (and this note considers the position as things stand on Thursday 26 March 2020) we have summarised the key contractual principles below.

Construction contracts – the impact of Covid-19


COVID-19: What will the impact on construction projects be?

The WHO has declared the COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern with the potential to become a pandemic, and the government has cautioned that cases of COVID-19 in the UK are likely to rise significantly over the coming days and weeks.

COVID-19: What will the impact on construction projects be?


COVID-19 Information Hub - helping you and your business through this unprecedented time


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