Construction and Engineering

The Construction and Engineering team has an excellent track record in advising clients on a wide range of construction, engineering and procurement issues, providing clients with definable value at every stage of the process.

We act for contractors, consultants, construction and development finance providers, developers, public authorities, specialist sub-contractors and home owners.

The team focuses on the following sectors and areas of work:

  • energy, including energy from waste and renewables
  • water infrastructure
  • public procurement
  • sustainable construction
  • regeneration and development work
  • construction insolvency
  • quarrying and land resources
  • information and communication technologies
  • facilities management

We act for all parts of the supply chain, and we work in partnership with clients in order to understand their commercial and individual needs, and to deliver the right solutions for their business and projects. This includes identifying the key objectives, agreeing the appropriate strategy and managing that strategy so that, ultimately, those objectives are met.

We assist clients in framing procurement strategies and ensuring compliance with applicable procurement legislation. Our lawyers have advised on every major domestic and international standard form of construction and engineering contract. We are experienced in drafting and negotiating the documents required for both simple developments and complex PFI or FM projects, and in negotiating security documentation.

During the construction or engineering process, you may want to approach us with discrete enquiries or you may want an in-depth tailored risk assessment, and our team will respond with the required advice and assistance.

As soon as you take on a project, we can advise on the incorporation of appropriate dispute resolution processes in the contracts. During the course of the project, we can assist with measures that can be taken to avoid or at least minimise disputes arising, and to enable you to work towards achieving a successful delivery of the project.

We have considerable experience of dealing with and resolving construction, engineering and process plant disputes, including those involving negotiations, adjudications, litigation, arbitrations, mediations and other “alternative” dispute resolution processes.

Various funding options can be considered for dealing with construction and engineering matters, and the team’s COSTControl options can be reviewed in relation to the funding of the work involved in resolving disputes which are referred to litigation or arbitration.

Some examples of our work

Advising a long standing utility client on the procurement of the framework agreements for the design and construction of its capital procurement programme for the 2010-2015, advice also being given on EU procurement regulatory compliance

Acting for a client on the construction aspects of the acquisition of major sites for their ‘waste to energy’ plants

Advising on contractual disputes arising out of the installation of specialist equipment at a military base

Advising on the resolution of disputes arising out of the design and construction of specialist control systems for a major project in London

What others say about us

The Construction and Engineering team will “always communicate, and will mention if they don't need to get involved in order to minimise cost”.
Chambers UK 2011

Tyler Buckley
Solicitor (New Zealand qualified)
Bristol
0117 374 9609
Eszter Lakos
Solicitor
Bristol
0117 930 9588
Eric Livingston
Partner
Bristol
0117 930 9548
07879 474659
Steve McCombe
Partner
Bristol
0117 930 9545
07900 917514

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