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Browne Jacobson’s team of construction and engineering specialists has a diverse national and international client base including employers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
Pre-contract, we routinely prepare and review suites of contracts including bespoke contracts, standard forms and the appointment of the professional team. We tailor our work and fees according to our clients’ requirements and can provide pre-contract due diligence services and tender phase drafting assistance and advice. We work with leading consultants in other disciplines to guide our clients to successful delivery of projects.
Post-contract, our work commonly includes assisting clients with risk management such as advising on rights and remedies under contracts and assisting with the drafting of project correspondence. If matters cannot be resolved through negotiation, we have experience of operating the full range of dispute resolution procedures including court, arbitration and adjudication and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) including mediation and early neutral evaluation.
Civil engineering and utilities - including major infrastructure projects encompassing ports, roads, rail and tunnelling, waste-water treatment plants and sewage treatments plants.
Developments – including demolition, remedial works and the construction of office, mixed-use, industrial, retail, hotel and infrastructure schemes.
Education – including higher education providers, private, state and maintained schools, academy conversions, BSF schemes, the Contractor’s Framework and the Priority School Building Programme.
Energy and power stations - including conventional and renewable facilities, on site projects and defect claims.
Retail – including new-build, refurbishment and fit-out work.
Public sector - we also have experience of acting for clients in the local government and health sectors, including involvement with community infrastructure and local government maintenance and development works, such as highways and public facilities.
The EU Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (EIA) 2011 affects development projects with likely significant effects on the environment (by virtue of their nature, size or location).
An overview of the prospects of recovering legal costs in an adjudication and the apparent conflict between the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (the Late Payment Act) and the Construction Act.
Parties continue to advance innovative arguments in an attempt to prevent the enforcement of adjudication awards.
In Saga Cruises BDG Limited and Anor v Fincantieri Spa  EWHC 1875 (Comm), the Commercial Court considered previous authorities on concurrent delay.
The great service we've had to date. Quick responses from Declan, Tim, Michael Sadler and the team which make our lives easier as they understand the nature of our business.
They were excellent - they really knew their subject area.
We get a very good, attentive, personal service.
'"Very knowledgeable, experienced, responsive and thorough" team.
Advising the University of Leicester on a £42m project to develop a new Centre for Medicine on the University Road campus; including advice on the building contract and consultants' appointments and frameworks for this significant project.
Advising a respondent employer in the Chancery Division of the High Court in a case which confirmed that an arbitration clause remained operable and capable of being performed, notwithstanding the fact that one party to a construction contract had entered into creditors’ voluntary liquidation.
Acting for Nottinghamshire County Council (a member of the Midlands Highway Alliance) in connection with the preparation, procurement and placing of a £160m Highways Term Partnering Agreement for the provision of key highways maintenance services throughout Nottinghamshire for a fixed and extendable five year term.
Advising a major national insurer on issues arising from high court claims in excess of £170m arising from alleged defects in the design and construction of a warehouse in the UK.
Advising a national contractor in connection with a £110m batch of 12 schools as part of the Priority Schools Building Programme.
Advising a luxury retailer in connection with the demolition and construction of a retained façade project in the centre of London; including the appointment of the professional team together with the full suite of collateral warranties, performance bonds and guarantees.
Acting for a major international consulting, design and construction services company in relation to a US$333m high court claim brought against it by the owner of a hydroelectric power station in Panama.
Advising GLF Construction Corporation on tender and contract documentation regarding an $80m road project in Trinidad and Tobago.
The world’s seventh largest container carrier, Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd, filed for receivership yesterday as banks led by Korea Development Bank withdrew their backing from the company for failing to tackle its debt of approximately $5.5 billion.
Balfour Beatty was fined £2.6 million in May 2016 following a fatal accident in April 2010. In its half year results statement the construction giant has announced that it has reassessed its potential liabilities.
A judge at the Old Bailey has recently sentenced a construction company on two counts of corporate manslaughter and one count under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
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