Disputes are expensive and time consuming and as they say, prevention is better than cure. In our experience, many disputes can be avoided entirely or at least the impact of them mitigated, by a proper understanding of the contractual risk structures, and early engagement with an issue before it becomes a dispute.
That's why we offer workshops for your operational teams once the contract has been completed. We are also on hand to offer ongoing advisory support throughout the course of the delivery of the project, and beyond. An early view on the interpretation of contractual provisions can often prevent positions becoming entrenched and a dispute forming.
Our ongoing support helps you to ensures arrangements run as planned; that they remain workable, and that parties do what they are supposed to do. Clients value our expertise in industry regulation and standards, and in the intricacies of contractual wording. Our aim is to offer legal support that keeps businesses on track, and keeps contracts working for rather than against you.
You can expect support from the team involved in the original procurement, together with input from dispute resolution colleagues to protect your position should an issue begin to escalate. Our preferred approach is to work closely with, and to be considered a part of your delivery teams. It allows us to fully understand the issues you face and to tailor our advice and proposed solution accordingly.
[They are] friendly and approachable, with an excellent approach to client care.
Clients are principally drawn from the public sector and large private sector contractors with whom they contract. Main clients include:
- Construction/FM Contractors – Wates Construction, Kajima Partnerships, John Laing Infrastructure Fund, Laing O'Rourke, Viridor, Engie, Sodexo, Shanks/Interserve in joint venture
- Social Housing Providers – Places for People, Sovereign, Peabody, Network and Southern
- Local Authorities – Bristol, Bournemouth, Camden, Cambridgeshire, Hackney, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Harrow, Northampton, Nottinghamshire, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Warrington Councils.
- Health – NHS Property Services, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, North Bristol, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Papworth, Peterborough and Stamford, Royal Free Hospital, Taunton and Somerset, Worcestershire Acute.