Professionals working in the construction industry face a number of challenges stemming from increased industry regulation, the economic downturn, and changing construction legislation.
In this fast-changing environment, construction professionals need innovative legal advice to help them manage litigation risks effectively. Our expertise in all forms of dispute resolution including arbitration, adjudication, mediation, expert determination and litigation enables us to provide our clients with a rapid response. We have the breadth and depth of resource to handle any size of claim, including defending class actions.
We act for a wide range of construction professionals including architects, engineers, surveyors, and project managers and are well equipped to advise on the complex issues that arise. Recently, in line with the increasing use of technology in the design process leading to a blurring together of the different consultant's roles, we are frequently asked to advise on allegations of "failing to warn" over other consultant's errors.
We are experienced in deploying effective strategies to assist clients in defending claims arising from the challenging economic conditions facing the industry, such as increased risk of contractor insolvency and co-consultant insolvencies and the consequent heightened exposures for construction professionals who can often be dragged into the dispute.
We have hands-on experience working with the broad spectrum of construction-related contracts and appointments, including in the UK, the RIBA Standard Form of Agreement, the Ace Conditions of Engagement, the RICS Form of Agreement, and the JCT family of contracts, amongst others.
With professional liability expertise in a number of key jurisdictions across Europe, North and South America, Canada, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, and a wealth of experience in advising construction professionals on matters with an international element, we are well equipped to assist our clients both with risk mitigation strategies and in defending multi-jurisdictional and international claims.
Additionally, we can advise on a myriad of additional issues arising for construction professionals, including intellectual property and design rights and ownership of materials where jobs do not progress due to projects being "mothballed".