Construction contracts and agreements
We have specific expertise in drafting, amending, negotiating and advising on the various different contracts relating to the construction and engineering industry, including:
- construction/engineering contracts (including facility maintenance contracts)
- professional appointments
- pre-construction service agreements
- performance bonds
- collateral warranties
- terms and conditions
- development agreements/agreements for lease
We are able to draft using all the major standard form contracts including JCT, NEC, ICE, FIDIC and IChemE as well as bespoke alternatives.
Protect the financial viability of your projects
We understand that companies and professionals involved in construction and engineering contend with tight margins while seeking to avoid or mitigate any delays which can threaten the financial viability of projects.
Understand your commitments
Regardless of type or scale, projects must be undertaken with a thorough understanding of the commercial and legal realities of the deal being entered into. Many of our clients are not aware of the range of legal instruments available to meet their commercial needs; we therefore make it a priority to explain all of your options before proceeding to undertake work on your behalf.
Avoid delays and reduce the potential for disputes
Our specialist construction and engineering lawyers will focus on removing any friction which may slow down or complicate the construction process at any stage, ensuring that all parties to the project work in close collaboration. To do so, we take the time to listen to your commercial imperatives and ultimate goals. We then undertake the necessary due diligence to unearth all of the possible challenges and issues which may conflict with your interests before, during, and after the project.
Who we help: Parties to construction and engineering projects
Our construction solicitors have experience in acting for:
- main contractors
- construction and engineering professionals/consultants
- end users including public and private sector organisations
Construction contract documentation and advice
Whatever your involvement in the construction and engineering process, our solicitors can create the documentation and agreements required to safeguard your interests, advising on risk assessment, management and protection. Here we outline the common ways in which we can support you:
We draft, amend, negotiate and advise on construction/engineering contracts, sub-contracts, professional appointments, pre-construction service agreements, performance bonds and collateral warranties. We can also assist with the securitisation documentation required by any funders to the project.
In the developers’ role as an employer, we draft, amend, negotiate and advise on construction/engineering contracts, sub-contracts, professional appointments, pre-construction service agreements, performance bonds and collateral warranties, assisting with the securitisation documentation required by any funders. Further, we draft, amend, negotiate and advise on development agreements/agreements for lease with end users.
We draft, amend, negotiate and advise on construction/engineering contracts (including design and build contracts), sub-contracts, professional appointments, pre-construction service agreements, performance bonds and collateral warranties, ensuring that obligations and associated risks relating to the position of the main contractor are placed with those other parties best-placed to manage them.
We draft, amend, negotiate and advise on sub-contracts, performance bonds and collateral warranties paying particular attention to the provisions relating to payments to sub-contractors and any obligations sought to be imposed over and above those to the main contractor.
Construction and Engineering Professionals/Consultants
We draft, amend, negotiate and advise on professional appointments, collateral warranties and novation agreements paying particular attention to the relevant insurance provisions relating to professionals/consultants.
We draft supplier terms and conditions with particular emphasis on the passing of title in goods and materials supplied.
We review, negotiate and advise on as appropriate construction/engineering contracts, sub-contracts, professional appointments, pre-construction service agreements, performance bonds, collateral warranties and development agreements/agreements for lease relating to projects where a funder is providing finance on the basis of the funders’ securitisation requirements. We can also assist in the finalisation and production of the securitisation documentation.
End Users – Landlords/Tenants
We draft, amend, negotiate and advise on and development agreements and agreements for lease. As part of that process we review, negotiate and advise on as appropriate construction/engineering contracts, sub-contracts, professional appointments, pre-construction service agreements, performance bonds and collateral warranties. We can also assist in the finalisation and production of the documentation to protect end users’ interests.
Due Diligence – Property Interests
We review and report upon the construction documentation relating to projects in which a party is to take a property interest, assisting in the finalisation and production of the documentation to protect that party’s interests.
Due Diligence – Corporate Transactions
We review and report upon the construction documentation relating to corporate transactions such as share sale agreements, assisting in the finalisation and production of the documentation to protect our client’s interests.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
Harper James never fail to impress with the speed and efficiency of their service, no matter the query. The team are friendly, knowledgeable and always on hand.
The lawyers and their support team at Harper James are so accessible, down to earth and easy to deal with. They provide practical advice in a user-friendly format and we have the comfort of knowing there isn't a stopwatch ticking in the background racking up a huge bill.
Our solicitor Sarah helped us complete a complicated contract with a large multinational ensuring our interests were protected, but got the contract signed in very tight timescales. Sarah was very easy to work with and quickly understood what was important to us and how to effectively present this to our customer.
Friendly, helpful and efficient. Thank you!
Outstanding so far. Please keep it like this!
Why choose our construction solicitors?
Our lawyers understand how business operates in the real world, with many of them coming from industry themselves. Acting as an extension of your team, we are available whenever you need us, helping you take the next step towards growth whilst making sure your business is protected.
Howard has over 20 years’ experience specialising in construction and engineering law. Prior to becoming a solicitor, he spent 23 years as a Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Builder, giving him extensive knowledge of the construction industry.View profile
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