For more information about our key industry sectors and how we can help you, please contact Huw Morgan.
As specialist aerospace and defence lawyers we have an expert understanding of the business priorities, challenges and opportunities that the sector faces. Our knowledge enables us to offer practical but robust solutions to the day to day issues encountered by all tiers of the sector.
Our experience and dedication to the aerospace and defence sector means that we are ideally placed to advise you on any construction related issues arising from activities in the sector.
We regularly advise universities, further education colleges, maintained and independent schools, free schools and academies upon a wide range of construction projects.
There is continuing pressure on academic institutions to undertake projects either to update their existing facilities or to build new ones.
Construction projects of all kinds represent a significant investment in both time and money and any disruption in the completion of the project, or operation of the facility can have a serious impact upon the planned academic programme. This means that it is important to get it right first time.
Our specialist construction team can provide you with comprehensive and cost effective legal advice at each stage of the project, which is tailored to meet the specific requirements of the education sector.
Our team of construction lawyers has experience of acting for both GPs and funders in relation to the development of numerous new GP surgery premises. This enables us to understand the challenges faced by GPs and primary care providers at each stage of the construction process, from the design, procurement and funding of the development through to completion and occupation.
We have a detailed knowledge of the standard forms of building and engineering contracts (NEC, JCT, ICE, ACA, GC Works and FIDIC), sub-contracts and professional appointments (RIBS, ACE and RICS forms) and we regularly advise upon risk allocation, insurance, quality, time and payment issues.
With our experience we can advise if a particular clause is likely to be acceptable to the other contracting parties and give you guidance upon current benchmarks in the healthcare sector.
When lending to GPs for the development of new GP surgery premises, a funder is likely to require construction security to help protect its loan. A funder may also require "step-in rights" which allow the funder to step-in and complete the works when an employer becomes insolvent or commits a breach of the building contract prior to completion of the development.
Funders typically require collateral warranties from those parties who designed and built the new development. We can assist by procuring collateral warranties from the relevant parties and ensuring that the collateral warranties and the building contract/professional appointments/sub-contracts are back-to-back.
Successful delivery of construction projects is at the heart of any local authority's property management strategy and we have assisted over 46 local authorities achieve their objectives. Our advice has covered facilities management, maintenance and refurbishment as well as new build projects.
We have advised over 15 central government departments and non-departmental public bodies (including Defence Estates, the MOD, the Environment Agency and the National Assembly for Wales) on the procurement and delivery of a broad range of construction and engineering projects.
Our dedicated team is able to provide fast and cost effective advice to your team during the procurement stages, during contract negotiations and once the project is on site.
At the outset we are able to advise upon the risk allocation between the project stakeholders and work with you to select the procurement strategy that best suits your project.
We can draft, negotiate and advise upon all the documents necessary to procure and deliver your construction or engineering project. We have a thorough knowledge of the NEC and JCT standard forms of construction and engineering contracts and have many years' experience of the bespoke amendments that local and central government often requires to protect the public purse.
They provide sound, commercial legal advice and are easy to work with and personable.