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What is involved?
The construction and engineering sectors are busy but looking forward with some uncertainty. This is a time when high quality advice from an expert construction lawyer can play a key role. Whether you are dealing with construction documentation, procurement questions or a dispute – a commercially-focussed approach will save you money as well as time.
Construction covers all aspects of the built environment, from infrastructure to commercial and residential buildings, via offices, retail and manufacturing facilities. Every building and engineering project has its unique challenges and risks, so you will benefit from a legal team that knows exactly what it’s doing.
Why choose Freeths?
- A proactive and commercially-focussed team, with a pragmatic approach to problem solving
- Our nationally-acclaimed specialist team of 21 construction lawyers work exclusively in this field
- We pride ourselves on being honest and building a long-term business relationship with you
- You can rely on our in-depth and wide-ranging knowledge to add value to your projects and to resolve your disputes cost-effectively
- We understand the sector, with clients on the employer, funder and supply sides of the industry
We can advise you on how to avoid risks, in a way which the other parties to the project will be able to accept. We can then produce a clear cost/benefit analysis of any dispute and the potential resolution of it.
Our team of construction solicitors are renowned for their no-nonsense approach; quickly tackling difficulties head on and using their experience of the market to anticipate issues – not “processing” things.
We work with some of the best-known names in the construction industry and have an excellent reputation across the UK. With clients, experience and expertise on all sides of the industry, acting for public and private sector employers, contractors, funds, consultants and sub-contractors, we can produce solutions which all parties can live with. We don’t take unsustainable entrenched positions which slow or kill a project, or delay cost-effective resolution of a dispute. Call us to see how we can help.
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Partner & National Head of Construction
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Freeths enjoy new entries and improved rankings in the Legal 500News 19th Oct 2017
"The 'exceptionally professional' team at Freeths LLP specialises in procurement matters and construction dispute resolution. Front-end procurement specialist Chris Holwell, who splits his time between London and Nottingham, provides 'well-considered and pragmatic advice'; he is assisting RPW (Southampton) with the £450m Royal Pier development project and advising Tarmac on tendering for construction and maintenance contracts."
(The Legal 500, 2017)
"Joseph Hale of Freeths LLP is noted for his representation of contractors, subcontractors and employers in a range of contentious matters. Sources describe him as 'diligent, thorough and knowledgeable'. Identified as 'Up and Coming'."
(Chambers & Partners, 2017)
"We at Olympian have been working with Karen for over 15 years and over that time she has helped us unlock a number of increasingly complicated property procurement and administration problems."
(Richard Goodwin, Commercial Director, Olympian Homes)
"Chris has a great understanding of our market and the expectations of our clients and delivers succinct and clear advice, allowing us to easily make decisions. He clearly recognises the commercial realities of the industry and this allows him to focus on what is important, saving much time and money."
(Ken Reid, Gleeds)
"His commercial awareness and detailed knowledge in the field of quantity surveying are second to none."
(Managing Director, Rayden Engineering)
"For people like me a court case is a traumatic experience. Fortunately I was lucky to have Li Yen Lim as my solicitor. She gave me great support and always had the patience to explain complex legal issues very clearly and simply which I greatly appreciated. Her tenacity, focus and sheer hard work on my case was extremely impressive. This was always coupled with her sense of humour which lit dark moments."
(Huw Thomas, Huw Thomas Architects)
"Amy Morley is well regarded for her handling of complex construction disputes on behalf of clients such as insurers and contractors. Interviewees appreciate that she is 'very approachable'."
(Chambers & Partners)
"Rachael Yates has consistently provided good value, technically sound, fantastically responsive, commercially focused dispute resolution advice to a number of our project companies."
(Paul Andrews, Amber Infrastructure)
"Berwick's many admirers highlight his qualities as near unique: 'He has a way of getting to the nub of a problem that I find quite refreshing. He can turn problems over and debate the issues on a commercial basis in a way which is second to none'."
Acts for a broad client base, including consultants, contractors, corporations and government bodies, on transactional and dispute-based matters. Frequently works with large, national clients as well as local businesses. One source reports: "They absolutely impressed me with their client service, their knowledge and ability to apply it," highlighting the "culture of excellence within the group - they are a firm that pushes themselves to understand what the client wants." A commentator reports: "They deal with quite complex funding arrangements for high-value schemes."
(Chambers & Partners, 2019)
- Advising an Indian iron ore mining company in a US$45 million ICC arbitration with a Dubai trading company, including defending a challenge to jurisdiction in the High Court (Emirates Trading Agency LLC. V. Prime Mineral Exports Private Limited  EWHC 2014 (comm)).
- Drafting a bespoke funding agreement between the Department for Transport and the County Council, in connection with the delivery by the County Council of the multi million pound project for the A50 growth corridor at Uttoxeter, on behalf of Highways England.
- Acting for London Luton Airport in relation to construction and engineering contracts for their expansion project (published value £150 million). The project included a major expansion to the terminal building; including a significant extension with fit-out and refurbishment of the existing building with work both airside and landside, building a new aircraft access pier to accommodate additional aircraft arrival and departure gates, and new roads, car parks (including multi-storey) and accessways to increase the airport’s capacity from 12 million passengers a year to 18 million.
- Representing a claimant in a £6 million basement defects dispute. This included multi-party action, including claims of negligence against two of the professional team and claims in respect of workmanship and materials against the contractor. The claim was settled in mediation on acceptable terms to client.
- Acting for a city council in a dispute on payment notice under the Construction Act. Worked with the client to present a merits-based defence and successfully defended the claimant’s application for summary judgment, recovered costs and claim discontinued by the claimant. Volkerlaser Ltd v Nottingham City Council  EWHC 1501.
- Acting for the Employer on a £2.5 million claim arising from a failure to serve Construction Act Payment Notices. The Technology and Construction Court judgment in this case was widely reported as of relevance to many construction industry professionals. The claim was resolved in favour of the Employer and within the agreed legal cost budget.
- Acting for an engineering company in relation to claims brought by a sub-contractor for works carried out on a submarine rescue vehicle which required analysis of complex design issues. The claim was settled at mediation within the parameters identified in our risk report to the client.
- Acting for a Developer threatened with suspension and termination by Design & Build Contractor in works relating to the refurbishment of office premises to residential use. Contractor in delay, fire safety issues to be resolved. Contractor claimed £2 million+. Developer client could not afford to terminate Contractor, however strong the case, because of the longstop date exposure to funders. Dispute resolved by contract variation on “nuisance” terms within 26 days of instruction.
‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.
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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?
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