What is a construction lawyer and why hire one?

Fri 9th Feb 2018

Are you about to start a build project such as an extension or new build, or refurbishment of an existing premises? We outline what a construction lawyer does and the benefit of hiring one.

What is a construction lawyer?

A construction lawyer is a specialist contract lawyer who advises on all construction related contracts such as:

  • The contract between the contractor and the client. This can be an industry standard contract such as JCT (Joint Contract Tribunal contracts) or a bespoke contract
  • The appointment of professionals such as architects, engineers, project managers and QS. Again this can be an industry standard document such as RIBA or bespoke
  • Contracts between the main contractor and the subcontractors
  • All other construction documents such as collateral warranties, guarantees, letters of intent and bonds

Why hire a construction lawyer?

Everyone is optimistic at the start of a build project and positive that nothing will go wrong. Unfortunately that is not always the case. Projects tend to overrun and/or end up costing more than you think. This can apply even if you have what you thought was a fixed price build contract. I can advise you on:

  • The contents of your contracts to avoid any nasty shocks
  • The need to have written contracts with all those you engage on a build project
  • The terms of those appointments and contracts to ensure you are protected against unnecessary risks, delays and spiralling costs.

What should go into your construction contract?

Having a robust contract in place will give you protection and let you know where you stand on matters such as:

  • How often you have to make a payment
  • Who is signing off each stage of the works and how much the contractor should be paid at each stage
  • Is there a retention? This means money being withheld from the contractor until the project has been completed and all snagging carried out
  • What limits are on the contractor and/or professionals’ liability
  • What insurances you would expect the contractor and professionals to maintain
  • How much the project will cost and how changes will be priced
  • When the project is due to be completed

Whatever the nature of your build, a construction lawyer is a necessity, not a luxury, and should save you stress, money and a great deal of time.

For more information or advice contact the Corporate and Commercial team at Coodes Solicitors on 0800 3283282 or info@coodes.co.uk

Fri 9th Feb 2018

Kirsty Davey

Head of Corporate & Commercial

Related Services & sectors

Search News & Events

Popular

Pattern

Changes to Paternity Leave in April 2024: What do you need to know?

As of 6th April 2024, paternity leave will be changing to reflect a shifting attitude…

Read more

Pattern

Suspecting a Power of Attorney of financial abuse: what can you do?

What steps should you take if you suspect someone is committing financial abuse as a…

Read more

Portfolio Builder

Select the legal expertise that you would like to download or add to the portfolio

Download    Add to portfolio   
Portfolio
Title Type CV Email

Remove All

Download


Click here to share this shortlist.
(It will expire after 30 days.)