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  • Overview

    Construction & Engineering Law Firm

    Legal services to keep your construction or engineering project on track

    • Having sound practical advice and support from experienced specialist construction lawyers is important for everyone involved in any size of project: clients, contractors, residents, funders and consultants. We provide that service from procurement, through implementation to the successful completion of your project
    • As specialist construction  contract lawyers, we can assist with construction contracts and ancillary project documentation tailored to work in practice for your particular project. Identifying and managing risks to your project to help deliver it on time, on budget and to specification
    • Project support services to enable your project to run smoothly. Helping you deal with issues that may arise and get the project back on track
    • Construction dispute resolution services to quickly resolve and manage any problems that may arise. Dealing with any formal dispute resolution procedures pro-actively and cost-effectively.

    A range of fixed price services:

    • Health checks for commercial construction contracts
    • Problem project reviews giving advice on your options and our recommendations
    • In-house construction contract clinics to discuss concerns affecting current or planned projects
    • Reviews to ensure your compliance with the current Construction Act
    • In-house workshops on current hot topics affecting the industry.

    International services for cross-border construction projects and foreign investors in the UK.

    Our approach to construction law

    We think like construction professionals. That's why we are one of Kent's top construction law firms. Our in-depth understanding of the realities of a project is as important as our knowledge of the law.

    We work as part of your project team. Listening to and understanding your requirements. Proactively assisting you to take advantage of the opportunities and avoid the risks inherent in construction projects. Always at the end of the phone to talk through concerns.

    We keep your project cost-effective. Legal advice is only valuable when it has a positive financial impact. We fully explain the options for taking the project forward cost effectively. Wherever possible, we give you a fixed cost at each stage.

    We collaborate with:

    • Contractors, clients, banks and professional consultants to keep the project moving forward
    • Specialist lawyers and residential construction solicitors in our firm who deal with the other legal aspects of a construction project such as funding and structuringland acquisition and planning and property disputes
    • Our network of barristers and experts who are specialists in dispute resolution
    • Construction lawyers with expertise in other jurisdictions – we are part of NextLaw, a global alliance of law firms.

    We take a genuine interest in seeing your project through from start to finish. And get as much satisfaction as you do when it is delivered on time and within budget.

    Our people

    Our construction and engineering lawyer and wider legal team has been consistently ranked in Tier 1 by leading independent legal directory Chambers UK, which describes the team as“excellent – responsive, clear and practical” and praises the team for its “high calibre people that are specialists in different spheres”.

    Email us or call us on 01322 623706 to arrange an initial consultation.   

     

  • Related Client Stories

    Russell Distillers Limited

    Joanne Wright in the in the Commercial Property Team assisted by the Construction and Engineering Team advised Russell Distillers Limited in relation to the acquisition of a long leasehold interest of a Grade II listed disused Victorian building on The Chatham Maritime Estate which was originally used to pump water out of the dry docks.

    Claim against a manufacturer for installation of kitchen surfaces

    Claim against a manufacturer for installation of kitchen surfaces

    Claims arising from negligent planning advice

    Claims arising from negligent planning advice

    Claim against designer in respect of a listed barn conversion

    Claim against designer in respect of a listed barn conversion

    Claim arising from breach of listed building consents in works on a barn conversion

    The client’s claim resulted from serious breaches of listed building consent by the designer / project manager on a barn conversion project, resulting in a stop notice being issued and the need for fresh permissions to be obtained.

    Multi party dispute (and follow on claim against previous solicitors) relating to major defects affecting a high end residential development

    We acted for the Claimant in a multi-party claim against the managing company of a converted manor house of which our client’s property forms a substantial part and the insurer who had provided a policy covering major structural defects in the conversion works.

    Apartment hotel project

    We acted for the UK development arm of an international apartment hotel group in connection with the closure, gutting and refurbishment of a London apartment hotel.

    Dealing with termination of contractor and its consequences for large housing association

    We were appointed by a large housing association in connection with a residential development where the contractor was threatening to stop works unless paid a further substantial sum over and above the agreed contract price.

    Privy Council appeal for major Jamaican house builder

    We are appointed by a major Jamaican house builder as their UK solicitors in the defence of an appeal to the Privy Council brought by a Jamaican government body against a judgment of the Jamaican Court of Appeal upholding an arbitration award in our client’s favour for compound interest.

    Claim arising from serious defects to new school sports hall zinc roof

    We are acting for a local academy in relation to the failure of the zinc covering to the aerofoil roof on their sports hall which was only completed about 2 years ago, which has led to leaks into the main sports arena risking permanent damage to the flooring.

    Supply and installation of refrigeration equipment

    We dealt with the project documentation for the supply and installation of refrigeration equipment under two large separate contracts.

    Conversion of office buildings to student accommodation

    We are acting on disputes re two building contracts the client entered into for a single project to turn offices into student accommodation which the developer is to lease to a local university.

    Claim against architect arising from a major refurbishment of a country residence

    We act for the owner of a substantial country house, which is undergoing major structural works including a large extension (comprising a pool house complex), extensive alterations and complete renovation of the house, associated outbuildings and grounds.

    Complex multi party claim arising from complete design failing of bespoke furniture

    Multi-party dispute arising from total design failure of in excess of £1m worth of contemporary bespoke furniture built to a highly unusual (and, as it transpires, unrealisable) design concept.

    Resolution of a multi party dispute arising from the failure of a major piled retaining wall during the construction of a high end coastal development

    We acted in relation to a large multi party claim arising from the failure of a major piled retaining wall on a land slipped escarpment, at a coastal development of luxury apartments.

  • Latest Updates

    Expert Evidence: A Reminder of the Duties of an Expert

    In the case of The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland and anor v Watts Group plc [2017] EWHC 1667 (TCC) ("the Case"), the Court questioned the independence and reliability of an expert witness. As a consequence, it has become even more important for those instructed as an expert witness, to be aware of their duties.

    FAQ: Frequently asked questions from across the practice

    Every month we answer frequently asked questions from across the practice and bring them together to help bring clarity to your legal needs. Each of the sections below lead off to a more comprehensive bank of information.

    Payment in contracts for construction works – follow the rules!

    If you are engaging a contractor under a construction contract, even for a one-off project, you must ensure that you precisely follow the payment terms in your contract, no matter what the circumstances!

    Payment Schedules – beware of overruns, they could ruin your (financial) health

    In any construction project, payment will be one of the most important aspects (for some the most important) whether you are the one paying or being paid. The consequences getting the amount or the timing wrong, or not providing for delays to completion of the project in terms of agreed payment schedules, can have a very serious and expensive effect

    FAQ: Construction

    Q: I am about to have a 2-storey extension built, designed by an architect. My contractor has sent me a letter saying the construction will take five months and has attached a specification divided into separate headings with a price against each and an overall total. Is this sufficient?

    Construction sector shows resilience

    To whatever extent the perceived pros and cons of Brexit actually materialise, it is certain that it will remain a complex issue for the medium term. The nature of the sector’s operation is such that it will, in large part, probably be most affected by the ebbs and flows of the wider UK economy.  

    Interim payments for construction works - ignorance is most definitely not bliss

    Whilst familiar territory to those engaged in the construction industry, many other businesses who may occasionally have construction works carried out (whether for a new build, extension or re-fit of existing premises) may not be aware of the statutory minimum requirements that apply to construction contracts. To the unwary, these can create significant (and potentially very costly) pitfalls.

    Managing risk on building projects

    The impact on any business or organisation caused by construction works (whether constructing new premises, or extending, refurbishing or fitting out existing) is always significant. Minimising the impact of the works on day-to-day activities during the planned duration of the works takes careful planning. Putting in place the right construction contracts is an absolute, if this is to be achieved.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore fosters future growth with 10 internal promotions

    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has announced a wave of internal promotions.

    How can skyscrapers impact on their surroundings?

    Reports of a third steel bolt falling from the 47-storey landmark Leadenhall Building in London, commonly known as “the Cheese Grater”, bring into sharp focus the unusual, and always headline grabbing, issues that accompany the new era of London skyscrapers, and their sometimes entirely literal impact on their surroundings.

    The future of the Green Belt

    The Green Belt is an emotive issue. Its proponents and opponents hold deeply entrenched views as to its purpose and future.

    After the recession, beware the banking skills gap

    Optimising project funding opportunities in the post recession market.

    The fate of the mezzanine lender

    By Gilbert Green, Partner and Head of Commercial Property.

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Congratulations on your 10 years of success, with the quality of service you and your team provide I am sure the next 10 years will see more deserved success for you.

Client

My experience of TS&P is excellent. I am happy with the speed of response and service delivery, with the updates all parties get via email. I feel they always have solutions.

Corporate Intermediary

Their commerciality is important - they know where we want to get to.

Client

It was a difficult case but we had the benefit of a highly experienced, strong and very committed team from TS&P. Their efforts were justly reflected in a very positive result. They are also, as it happens, a pleasure work with.

Client

"They offer an outstanding level of knowledge of the construction sector, and fantastic customer service, aligned with considered and cost-efficient advice. They are also extremely reliable in terms of reaction and timescales for issue of correspondence. " "They provide a very informative, proactive, real-time approach to their work."

Chambers UK 2016

Chris Kirby-Turner regularly acts on contentious matters in the construction sector, including professional negligence claims. One impressed client reports: "His instructions are always very thorough, detailed and communicated excellently in both written and oral forms."    

Chambers UK 2016

Chris Whittington advises clients from across the industry on all aspects of construction law. One source says: "He's very experienced - he makes sure we think of things that we wouldn't have thought of."  

Chambers UK 2016

I required a law firm with a proven track record of services in the Construction Industry and who were geographically appropriate to our business units.

Client

Inquiry dealt with quickly and efficiently. Meetings arranged and actions dealt with in good time. I genuinely believe TS&P's agenda was one of a long term partnership and not simply a quick buck opportunity.

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