Construction and engineering projects can be huge, bringing together scores of different trades and professional advisers. The legal relationships are equally complex. A serious dispute can generate unbudgeted costs and cause delay and disruption.
What we do
Hiring quality consultants and contractors and negotiating effective contracts will help to ensure the project gets off to a good start, while appropriate risk management procedures can prevent problems further down the line.
We deal with procurement, risk assessment, construction contracts and engineering contracts, partnering agreements and project vehicles, letters of intent, warranties, novation agreements, performance bonds, assignments, and purchase and supplier agreements.
Should a dispute happen we can help to resolve it as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. We try to avoid lengthy court battles, using alternative methods of dispute resolution such as arbitration, adjudication and negotiation.
Why Cripps Harries Hall?
We work closely with you, becoming an integral part of your team advising on both contentious and non-contentious issues. Most important of all, as part of an integrated team of property specialists we understand the construction world.
For further information please contact Bill Mackie.
Market-leading legal directory ranks Cripps as number one in Kent in thirteen practice areas
Cripps Harries Hall LLP has reaffirmed its top tier legal presence in the Kent region in the latest (2013) edition of Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to UK Solicitors.
Our construction lawyers have a strong track record in advising clients. Here are some examples of our work:
- Successfully completing a complex PFI transaction for a University involving the negotiation of a development agreement and associated construction documentation using private finance to build around 500 bedrooms for students at the University at a build cost of over £22 million
- Advising the UK Border Agency in respect of a development agreement for refurbishment works to various floors totalling over 200,000 sq ft, including the instruction of tenant fitting-out works worth around £11 million
- Acting for the private developer of one of the largest mixed-use developments in Europe (comprising 2.2m sq ft of commercial office space, 2,750 residential dwellings, 100,000 sq ft of retail) in relation to the negotiation of their building contracts and professional appointments for their office, residential and infrastructure construction projects and providing disputes advice
- Advising a private hotel on construction documents for a refurbishment of a Grade II listed country house in the Sussex countryside
- Providing urgent advice to Town & Country Housing Group on the termination of TPC 2005 following the sudden administration of Connaught Partnerships and on the administration of Simon Wright Homes
Construction law - Construction defects in new build residential flats - March 2013
When you purchase an off-plan flat from a developer the balance of power between the two parties invariably results in a contract that favours the developer. The scope for a purchaser's solicitor to make changes to such a contract is very small as there is simply not enough bargaining power to insist on performance bonds, retentions or specific construction obligations.
Construction law - Demystifying collateral warranties - October 2012
Love them or loathe them, collateral warranties are still the main method of granting protection to third parties with an interest in a construction project. This article aims to demystify what collateral warranties are, why they are needed and explores the more cost-effective alternative of using third party rights schedules.
Construction law - Project management - August 2012
The recent TCC decision in Ampleforth Abbey Trust v Turner & Townsend Project Management Limited has served as another reminder of the dangers of relying on building works being procured under letters of intent rather than formal building contracts. It has also provided a stark warning to project managers of the scope of their standard of care and to construction professionals in general of the risk of "unreasonable" limitation of liability clauses within their standard terms and conditions being held as unenforceable.
Commercial development law - Changes to mixed use development - Autumn 2011
In many town and city regenerations, residential and commercial mixed-use development has been, and continues to be, seen as essential for the creation of attractive and sustainable environments that promote economic vitality, social equity and environmental quality.
Bribery Act Update - comes into force on 1 July 2011 - March 2011
The government announced today that the Bribery Act will come into force on 1 July 2011. The government also published the final version of its guidance for businesses on how to comply with the Act.
Construction law update - Know your contract! - January 2011
A recently reported case from the Technology and Construction Court has re-emphasised the critical importance of knowing the form of engineering or building contract you are working with and completing it properly, as well as providing a timely reminder of the need to expressly select arbitration in the contract as the relevant form of dispute resolution if this is to be the preferred choice.