Our experienced construction team lawyers will work closely with you to provide commercially focused advice and will quickly adapt to your needs and requirements minimising legal risk.
We have extensive experience advising on contentious and non-contentious construction matters covering the whole built environment sector and through all phases of a project life cycle.
We act for building owners, developers, funders, contractors, specialist sub-contractors and consultants.
In collaboration with our real estate practice, our construction team combines to provide an efficient and holistic service to clients from advice on land acquisition and assembly issues, to advice on specialist supply chain procurement, delivering contracts for development and regeneration schemes, repairs and maintenance and retrofit programmes.
“In my experience, the Clarkslegal construction team are extremely professional, knowledgeable and friendly.”
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- 10 May 2022
Building Safety Act receives Royal Assent
The long-anticipated Building Safety Act (BSA) has completed its passage through Parliament and received Royal Assent. The BSA, which is the culmination of reforms following the Grenfell fire tragedy, has both been described as ‘the biggest changes to building safety legislation’ and having ‘changed beyond all recognition’ from the Building Safety Bill first introduced.
- 02 March 2022
Claims for payment – when is it too late?
One of the first things you learn as a law student is that the standard limitation period for claims in contract is six years in the UK. But when do the six years start running?
- 11 June 2021
Agree terms before starting construction work
With time pressures on project delivery, getting the contract agreed before works start is a recurring issue in the construction industry. In the recent case of Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited v Van Elle Ltd EWHC 794, the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) held that works carried out by a sub-contractor before a sub-contract was executed were still subject to the terms of that sub-contract.
- 07 April 2021
Does a construction contract require a final account mechanism?
The recent case of JSM Construction Limited v Western Power Distribution (West Midlands) plc considers whether construction contracts require a final account mechanism.
- 23 February 2021
VAT reverse charge for construction services
Following the postponement of the VAT reverse charge commencement date in September 2019 and October 2020, HMRC guidance states that the VAT reverse charge on construction services will now come into force from 1 March 2021.
- 09 February 2021
COVID-19 and its impact on JCT contracts
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on the construction industry in the UK. Labour shortages and shortages of plant and materials have adversely affected many projects, which in turn has resulted in additional costs and delays.
“The construction team at Clarkslegal support us with all aspects of construction. They provide a seamless service to us and our clients with superb teamwork. They are diligent and thorough in their work, and are very commercial and friendly in their advice and dealings with us and our clients.”
Dinesh Raja, Managing Partner – Bowling & Co
“I have worked with Stephen James on a number of issues and have always found him to be helpful, knowledgeable and proactive in reaching a satisfactory conclusion. He tends to grasp the details of a claim quickly and insightfully.”