Construction & Engineering

About

Our construction industry experience covers commercial buildings, roads, rail and dams. We possesses industry experience and expertise whether we are acting on relatively simple construction schemes or highly technical projects.

We advise on the issues arising out of every type of construction and engineering project, including: Transport, Infrastructure, Oil and gas (upstream, midstream and downstream),

Power, renewable energy, Mining, Commercial property and Housing, Healthcare and education and Insurance. We provide advice on procurement, contracting and risk allocation processes for both public and private infrastructure projects, including representing both employers and contractors in negotiations and overseeing operational contracts in respect of contract changes, interpretation, potential disputes, policy and legislative changes and shareholder or lender changes.

We also advise on related construction project matters such as contract management, land acquisition, disputes and project financing. We advise on front-end contract strategy and contract documentation, risk management and dispute resolution. Our understanding of the industry means that our advice is commercial and client focused. 

Our construction lawyers work seamlessly with our tax, corporate and real estate practices to provide a fully integrated service.

Our services 

Our front-end project services include: 

  1. Procurement and contracting strategy
  2. Procurement legislation
  3. Project legal risk analysis and allocation
  4. Negotiation and drafting of construction and engineering contracts
  5. Negotiation and drafting of operation and maintenance agreements and long-term maintenance and supply agreements
  6. Analysis and reporting on construction documentation for funders, investors, tenants and other interested third parties
  7. Drafting of ancillary documentation including bonds, guarantees, warranties and direct agreements

Risk management and dispute resolution services

We advise on every type of dispute arising out of construction and engineering projects, such as those relating to payment, valuation and measurement, change orders, delay and disruption, building defects, design and other professional liabilities, contract termination, the insolvency of contractors or owners, and the enforcement of security

We advise clients how best to mitigate the risk of disputes during the implementation phase and how to use the various dispute resolution mechanisms which are available. This includes representing clients during the pre-action stages, which can result in the successful resolution of claims without recourse to formal proceedings, and, where necessary, using alternative methods such as mediation, expert determination and dispute adjudication. Where formal proceedings cannot be avoided, we have years of experience acting for clients in local courts, including Commercial Court and local arbitrations.

Our risk management and dispute resolution services include:

  1. Project advice, analysis and claims mitigation
  2. Dispute avoidance techniques
  3. Dispute adjudication
  4. Mediation
  5. Expert determination
  6. Litigation in court
  7. Arbitration (domestic and international)