Browne Jacobson’s team of construction and engineering specialists provides solutions to well-known national and international clients, who operate at every point of construction and engineering projects, meaning our clients include employers in the public and private sectors, funders, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and suppliers. This wide client base means we provide sound advice with in-depth understanding of the documents and issues, ranging from major international projects (such as data centres), through large national projects (including energy projects, infrastructure projects and major retail developments), to new builds and redevelopments of schools.
For projects and contract procurement, our team advises on every aspect of the contractual process, ranging from contract procurement and supply chain strategy, heads of terms, drafting and negotiating contract documents, and day-to-day operational issues during the ‘live’ period of the project. Our contracts advice takes account of incoming legislation and case-law including practical consequences for businesses and projects.
For project management and dispute resolution, our work commonly includes helping 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.
We have sought Browne Jacobson on a number of legal issues where we have required advice and support. Their contribution has covered a wide spectrum of subjects and we have dealt through several different staff within the practice. In all our involvements, we have found the staff to be friendly, knowledgeable, professional, reliable and efficient.
"In all our involvement with them, we have found Browne Jacobson staff to be friendly, knowledgeable, professional, reliable and efficient. They have met critical deadlines and respond promptly when contacted."
Logistics company Eddie Stobart has been fined £133,000, after a series of failures which took place whilst excavation work was carried out, exposing its staff to asbestos.
Browne Jacobson has appointed Amy Chapman, the former Group Legal Director of global built environment experts Mace Group, as its first Non-Executive Director (NED) of its Construction & Real Estate sector strategy board.
Browne Jacobson’s private equity (PE) dealmakers have advised Palatine Private Equity backed CTS Group (Construction Testing Solutions Limited) on its latest acquisition of Concept Engineering Consultants Limited, a leader in geotechnical, structural and geo-environmental services for an undisclosed amount.
Rolls-Royce has shortlisted six locations for its first factory for small nuclear power stations. We look at the impact on regions & local businesses
Recent reports of flat roofs constructed using RAAC planks collapsing without warning prompted the SCOSS alert.
The Building Safety Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 28 April 2022 (“Act”). The government has described the reforms introduced by the Act as “the biggest changes to building safety regulation in a generation”. For once the hype is justified.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has released a report setting out the impact of new and changing regulations arising from the pandemic on small businesses across the UK.
We have created a summary of the recommendations and consistent themes which we are now starting to see becoming more embedded in public sector procurement practices.
The climate emergency has reached a point where real and substantial damage is being caused to both the planet and society. There has been a shift from planning and theorising the most effective solutions, to a phase where practical, efficient, and sustainable solutions are required at speed.
As the Grenfell Inquiry continues, how have the Phase 1 recommendations changed the fire safety and building safety landscape?
Browne Jacobson has successfully advised Nottingham based developer Charterpoint on the sale of a 1.2 acre care home development site in Thurnby (Leicestershire) to care home operator Cinnamon.
The new regime introduced by the Act will take shape over the next 18 months, but those who design, build or manage high rise buildings are being urged to get ready for the changes to be introduced through the act.
On 14 February 2022, Secretary of State of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, announced proposals designed to pressure building developers and materials manufacturers to fund the remediation of unsafe properties.
From 6 April 2022, right to work checks on all migrant or settled prospective employees must be online and checks on British or Irish nationals will be manual (free) or digital (charged for).
Browne Jacobson has broadened its national construction and engineering offering with the appointment of construction partner Zoe Stollard into its Birmingham office.
The HSE has announced a campaign targeting health and safety in the construction industry in Birmingham. The Campaign is in response to a significant increase in development across the city, partly as a result of preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
In Nissan v Passi, the High Court recently considered the issue of an employee retaining confidential documents belonging to his former employer in the context of the employer’s application for an injunction seeking the return of such documents from the employee.
The levelling up white paper sets out a set of 12 priority ‘missions’ to be pursued by national and local government in the years to come. With measures covering regeneration, communities, connectivity, education, R&D, employment, and health.
More needs to be made of these procurement routes, with clients honouring the original concept rather than watering down concepts.
In this article we explore the concept of good faith in the context of construction contracts for public bodies, and what the recent decision in Van Oord Ltd v Dragados Ltd does for this area of law.
With the COP26 summit which was held in Glasgow in November 2021 and the increasing global awareness of environmental concerns, the world of construction cannot escape the shift to operating in a more sustainable manner.
Browne Jacobson has appointed Ragene Raithatha, a specialist in both contentious and non-contentious matters, as a Legal Director in its new Manchester construction practice.
Construction is a major contributor to carbon emissions – buildings consume 36% of energy produced globally and are responsible for 39% of carbon emissions.
Earlier this month the Government published the Building Safety Bill as part of its continuing efforts to respond to the Grenfell disaster and recommendations made following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt.
The consultation Green Paper: Transforming public procurement was issued by the Cabinet Office in December 2020. Whilst we await the Bill, the Green Paper sets a very strong direction of travel and there is much to consider for the construction sector.
Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) and New Engineering Contract (NEC) - which drafting works best, and where are the traps for the unwary?
Catch up on our regeneration video, where we look at four keys areas of regeneration; public law, planning, construction and real estate.
A developer was unable on the facts to establish a right to drain onto its neighbour’s land without permission.
Catch up on our Private Sector Development Club on-demand video where we covered a variety of topics including managing construction projects during a global pandemic, tax and planning.
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has just announced a new inquiry to undertake pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Bill for the Building Safety Regulator (“BSR”). Measures contained in the Bill are likely to come into force in 2021.
Public sector bodies can find restarting projects particularly challenging given the levels of scrutiny and additional legislation they must often navigate.
With increasing concerns surrounding a climate crisis and the need for greater environmental sustainability, several councils across the UK recently expressed a firm commitment to become carbon neutral.
Public and private bodies throughout the country are exploring their options for developing new networks and expanding existing networks, both with and without central government support.
Browne Jacobson’s Manchester team has advised nmcn, the national provider of design, offsite manufacturing and construction services in the water sector, on its acquisition of water treatment system manufacturer Lintott Environmental Technologies and its wholly owned subsidiary, Lintott Control Systems (LCS).
Following a dispute over a right of way, the parties’ solicitors agreed in an exchange of emails (constituting a single email chain) to compromise the dispute by the defendant (R) transferring to the claimants (N) a small piece of land adjacent to Lake Windermere.
Issues about prescriptive rights of way and drainage arose on the redevelopment of dominant land.