Construction contracts & project agreements

DRAFTING AND NEGOTIATING CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

Working with purchasers and suppliers of construction services, our expert construction and engineering lawyers are experienced in the drafting and negotiation of building contracts. The team has a well-established expertise across a number of industry sectors including residential and commercial development, retail and leisure, energy (including tidal power), health, local and national government, banking and education.

ONGOING MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT

Our Construction and Engineering team is especially valued for its close working partnerships with our clients. Often seen as an extension to clients’ own teams, (whether through secondments or otherwise), our construction and engineering lawyers provide ongoing support and advice, pre-empting future issues and helping to offset the risks often associated with building projects.

Constructions disputes

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Our construction lawyers specialise in the resolution of construction disputes. Our extensive experience means we can find the most efficient and cost-effective means by which to resolve any such dispute, whether by negotiation, litigation, arbitration, adjudication or ADR.

ASSESSING RISK

We also understand careful planning and investigation can avoid costly delays and disputes. Our legal team will ensure that you are in the strongest position to take a dispute or project forward by assessing risk and subsequently advising on the best strategy for any particular problem.

Environmental law

CONTAMINATED LAND

The Contaminated Land Regime can be complicated. Our specialist environmental lawyers have in-depth knowledge of this area of law, and considerable experience with providing strategic and clear advice on all transactional and regulatory issues. Our expertise includes advising on contaminated land issues affecting real estate and corporate transactions, overcoming environmental constraints to planning applications, defending regulatory enforcement action and limiting exposure during investigations, representing businesses and individuals during disputes, and advising funders on limiting their contaminated land liabilities.

ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITS

We advise businesses on all aspects of the environmental permitting regime. Our advice includes permit applications, suspensions, transfers, permit conditions, appeals, and dealing with enforcement action.

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE & ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION

Our Environment Team advises developers, funders, contractors, sellers, purchasers and occupiers, public bodies, local authorities, utilities, and all sectors of corporates through the myriad of environmental law and regulation. We advise on how to best manage environmental liabilities and risk, and present tailored and commercial solutions that work for you, to ensure your regulatory compliance. We also advise on prosecutions for criminal offences, confiscation of the proceeds of environmental offences, and civil sanctions.

WATER

We have the expertise to advise on all aspects of the water regime. We advise clients on Drought Orders, trade effluent discharge licences, and water abstraction licenses. We can also assist with dredging and exempt flood risk activities, inland drainage enforcement and powers of entry and scope of works.

WASTE

Waste management issues can often arise for businesses and during property transactions, and we have a particular specialism advising on this area. We advise on the waste regime and hierarchy, and can assist with interpretation and application of waste regulations. Our team also advises on nationally significant energy from waste projects, acting for major waste authorities and developers.

AIR QUALITY

As an environmental law firm, we advise on air quality, emissions and climate change issues for government bodies, the transport sector, local authorities, and businesses. Our specialist lawyers also represent promoters in relation to Development Consent Order (DCO) applications and various court challenges in this regard.

ENERGY

The need for green energy requires innovative technical, commercial and legal solutions. The renewable energy and utilities sector can benefit from our pragmatic legal advice on a range of energy projects, issues, obligations and liabilities. Our Environmental Team represents a diverse client base, including developers and objectors alike on all scales of solar, wind, energy from waste, water (including tidal power), and battery storage projects. Our Cardiff office for example advised on the Tidal Lagoon project. Our planning lawyers also provide specialist legal advice on the planning aspects of energy projects.