Construction & Engineering

The Construction & Engineering Group has a long established reputation for offering clients technical yet practical advice taking into account the commercial realities under which our clients operate. The Group is unique in offering lawyers who have been trained to operate in both contentious and non-contentious law and includes a strong Construction & Engineering Disputes Team. This means that we can offer our clients a detailed and practical understanding of how the contracts are negotiated and operated. We focus on the key issues allowing our clients to achieve their objectives efficiently. It also means that you benefit from the same legal team providing advice from cradle to grave on any project.

Our client base takes in all aspects of the industry. We advise both public and private sector clients in areas from energy, leisure, retail, commercial, industrial and international projects. Our clients include listed companies, local authorities and educational institutions, banks, developers, contractors, specialist sub-contractors and consultants.

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Project managing complex cases

We advised Strategic Sites in relation to the £80 million development of a new campus building for Kirklees College. The deal was complex, with issues surrounding land assembly of the wider Huddersfield Waterfront site, involvement from Kirklees Council (who were a key stakeholder in the project) and British Waterways (in relation to redevelopment of the waterfront) and an existing enabling works contract being subsumed into a new main building contract. All this had to be achieved subject to a tight Learning and Skills Council funding deadline. By adopting clear lines of communication; agreeing and then achieving realistic deadlines; and working closely with both our client and the other parties, the deal “got over the line” prior to the deadline.

In connection with litigation matters we are currently advising a group of claimants on two multi million pound disputes relating to the design and construction of city centre residential developments. The cases also involve actions against a large number of solicitor defendants for professional negligence in the conveyance of apartments within each development.

Supporting you as a trusted adviser

Our emphasis on providing high levels of client service is best demonstrated by our long track record of retaining clients. We have long term relationships with numerous companies and institutions including Unite Group Plc, Rushbond Plc, CTP Limited, Priority Sites Limited, St. James Securities, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, University of Huddersfield and Yorkcourt Properties Limited.

Supporting business goals

Establishing long term relationships with our clients means we have a deep understanding of what drives their businesses. This means that we save time and can work efficiently, with limited instructions, focussing on what is important to our client. In turn our clients can focus their energy on the important day to day running of their business safe in the knowledge that we are protecting their interests and ensuring their strategic business goals are met.

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"They are dedicated, determined and resourceful, while never losing their common-sense and cost-effective perspective on the case in which they are involved."