Our Contractual & Legal Advice Services

We work extremely closely with construction lawyers and barristers, and form the link between the legal profession and our clients. Our team can assist in the overall initial risk management of projects and in the drafting of documents and procedures for the management of projects. Once the contract is underway, we can review and audit the progress and systems, and analyse forensically the progress on site. We can assist in the reprogramming and management of the works to completion. Our team has regularly provided expert evidence on building surveying, quantum and programme and has given evidence in tribunals, arbitrations, and the Courts both in the UK and internationally.

Operational Director Harriet Butterfield, Bennington Green

Harriet Butterfield

Harriet is a practicing Barrister of fifteen years call. Having begun her career in private practice at the Bar, Harriet moved in-house and has spent over 12 years advising and representing a variety of clients in construction and engineering, energy and utilities on the full breadth of transnational and contentious matters.

Harriet’s extensive experience includes:

  • JCT and NEC drafting, interpretation and training.
  • Drafting of associated contract documents including warranties, bonds and guarantees
  • Project Auditing.
  • Commercial and Contractual Advice and Training.
  • Dispute Resolution

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Procurement Strategy

Acting on behalf of a wide range of organisations, including client organisations, developers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants, we offer support throughout every stage of the procurement process.

We appreciate that sound tendering and construction procurement is all about identifying and appointing an appropriately skilled team, agreeing costs and a programme, deciding upon the appropriate form of contract and achieving an appropriate distribution of risk between the parties.

Risk is the single most important aspect to consider in tendering procedure and contractual arrangements. Whilst no procurement strategy will eliminate that risk in its entirety, we can help with the development of flexible strategies and assist during the process that follows, including negotiating or drafting contracts.

We understand the technicalities of the legislation-heavy environment imposed by the European Union procurement regulations and can assist both contracting authorities and tenderers in navigating through the publically funded tender processes.

Contract Drafting and Review

Concise, clear and watertight contracts are essential for the progress of any major construction or energy project. We work closely with our clients to determine what the desired outcomes are and produce practical and commercial documents, clearly allocating risks and responsibilities.

We deal with a full range of procurement and documentation tasks. From drafting project correspondence to negotiating complex agreements, we have extensive experience in negotiating and drafting all of the necessary documentation for a project.

We are happy to be involved at any stage and routinely carry out tender reviews on behalf of our contractor clients seeking to understand the risks and opportunities presented to them at tender stage.

Risk Management

The management of risk is key to any construction project.

Our team has a wealth of experience advising on risk management both from the client’s and the contractor’s perspective.

We pride ourselves on our commercial approach to risk management and will provide practical and commercial advice helping our clients to achieve their goals.

Contractual and Commercial Advice

Problems during major building projects can be costly and time-consuming to rectify. By providing sound project advice upfront, we help prevent disputes from occurring, avoiding delays and extra expense. If the worst happens, we can often help to defuse contentious issues without the need for formal proceedings.

We take a hands-on approach for the duration of a project, keeping in close communication with clients and providing ongoing support.

We are also experienced in structuring collaborative contracts to increase efficiency and reduce the prospect of disputes.

Our aim is to provide practical and commercially sound advice to our clients to enable them to achieve a successful outcome to their projects.

Dispute Resolution - Legal Representation

Supporting the Dispute Resolution Team we are involved in all types of dispute resolution as advisors and legal representatives for clients.

The team all have extensive contentious experience and can assist and represent clients through all types of dispute resolution.

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Bournemouth

The Pagoda,
30 Avenue Road,
Bournemouth,
Dorset,
BH2 5SL
+44 (0) 1202 766584

Bahamas

Sandyport,
Nassau,
Bahamas

London

First Floor,
2 St Andrews Hill,
London,
EC4V 5BY
+44 (0) 207 183 8520

Southampton

81 London Road,
Southampton,
SO15 2AA