Construction and Engineering

Choose Setfords London for construction and engineering law because they offer expertise in project documentation and effective dispute resolution. Their experienced lawyers are skilled in both preventing and resolving complex construction-related issues.

Why choose Setfords London for your construction and engineering needs?

Setfords’ construction and engineering team provide a wealth of experience to clients in the provision and negotiation of project documentation. Where a dispute arises, the expert lawyers in our team provide cost-effective and practical advice, working with clients to reach a resolution before the situation spirals. We also provide robust representation in all forms of proceedings, whether mediation, expert determination, adjudication, arbitration or litigation.

Our team of lawyers has significant experience in setting up and negotiating contractual structures, including standard form and bespoke building contracts; architect, structural engineer, project manager and other professional consultant appointments; warranties; performance bonds; parent company guarantees; and all other forms of construction documentation.

Members of our team have provided advice to developers, local authorities, contractors, sub-contractors, private individuals and commercial organisations (including energy companies, PLCs, and national restaurant, cinema and retail chains). Previous projects range from commercial refurbishments of existing buildings and newly built residential developments of all sizes, to significant commercial sites involving energy generation, offices, hotels, supermarkets and restaurants. We have resolved disputes of all sizes and complexity, whether several thousand pounds in value or many millions.

For any issues concerning construction and engineering law, you will find that early involvement of our lawyers will enable potentially costly problems later in a project to be avoided. Where you are already involved in a dispute, our significant expertise will enable you to achieve the most advantageous outcome.

Our work includes:

Construction documentation and negotiation (JCT, NEC3, FIDIC etc.)

Appointment and warranty documentation

Performance Bonds, Parent Company Guarantees etc.

Contractual Notices

Adjudication claims




Members of our team have:

  • Acted for several major local authorities regarding the construction documentation for various projects, including the refurbishment of a nationally known events venue, a proposed science and technology park, and various community and leisure facilities.
  • Advised a number of leading high street banks in relation to the construction elements of development finance, drafting amendments to required building contracts, appointments and warranties, and negotiating the construction documentation on behalf of the banks with their borrowers, liaising with the banks’ monitoring surveyors throughout.
  • Advised an energy company in relation to their contractual structures and construction documentation, IP agreements and project documentation, including joint ventures, for biomass facilities nationwide.
  • Prepared construction documentation for use by a national cinema chain across all their developments, advising on all construction matters nationally, ensuring that obligations under the terms of agreements for lease, leases and licences to alter were carried through into the obligations of contractors.
  • Advised several national chains of restaurants regarding construction documentation and issues.
  • Advised and acted for a local government body with regard to their contractor’s late completion and defects under a JCT Design and Build contract for recreational and leisure facilities, including service of notices of specified default, termination and the final account.
  • Received instructions to advise upon and prepare a suite of construction documentation for a residential housebuilder, including framework agreements, JCT Design and Build amendments, sub-contracts, purchase orders, appointments and warranties.
  • Advised and acted for various freeholders and tenants of premises in Central London regarding construction documentation, including building contracts, professional appointments and warranties, ensuring that obligations under the terms of any relevant agreements for lease, leases and licences to alter were carried through into the obligations of contractors.
  • Acted for various government-funded bodies, housing associations, and care providers regarding the construction documents and contractual structure for their projects.
  • Acted for a major national and international chain of stores regarding a significant professional negligence claim concerning asbestos.
  • Advised a top four supermarket plc on various elements of their construction documentation for a number of their supermarket developments nationwide.
  • Advised a number of nationally known residential housebuilders and also various significant local residential housebuilders regarding construction issues and documentation on their projects nationwide.

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