Specialist Construction Law solicitors providing pragmatic and strategic legal advice on making and defending claims; as well as reviewing construction contract terms and conditions.
Holmes & Hills' team of Construction Law solicitors works solely with clients operating within the construction industry. The specialist team works in partnership with and advises main contractors, sub-contractors, developers and construction professionals on contentious and non-contentious Construction Law issues.
Holmes & Hills Solicitors’ Construction Team represents clients largely based and operating in East Anglia, London and the South East, but with increasing regularity are working with clients, particularly sub-contractors, operating across England.
The Construction Team advise and represent clients in relation to:
Holmes & Hills' Litigation Department, led by Construction Law specialist and Partner, Sam Bawden, has grown significantly in recent years and as part of this growth the firm has developed its specialist Construction Team. This growth has led to Sam Bawden being joined by fellow Construction Law solicitor, Lawrence Pearce. With his previous experience within construction teams at regional and international firms, Lawrence is well placed to work alongside Sam in providing expert advice and representation to clients operating within the construction industry.
For sub-contractors, main contractors, construction consultants and industry professionals, Holmes & Hills' team of construction solicitors will review proposed contracts to identify and highlight those ares of potential risk. This includes the ability of the other party to withhold or delay all or part of payments falling due under the contract. With early and cost-effective advice from Construction Law specialists, clients can understand the implications of the contracts they are expected to sign and the impact of clauses on the potential viability of projects.
With this understanding clients can re-negotiate clauses of concern, therefore entering into contracts having minimised any legal and financial risk they might be exposed to.
It is common for the Construction Team to provide advice to clients during the course of a project. Often advice is sought form clients in regards to the issuing and receiving of notices in line with the terms of the construction contract and the validity of these notices. This includes, where the client is a sub-contractor, regularly advising on 'smash and grab' adjudication opportunities.
A further common issue the Team at Holmes & Hills is advising clients on is termination, including clients' contractual position and the potential legal and financial implications of any decision to terminate. The Team is regularly making representations on behalf of clients in such circumstances with a view to reaching an agreed settlement.
towards the end of a project schedule, the construction solicitors at Holmes & Hills regularly advise clients on matters practical completion, conclusion of contractual obligations and securing payment.
Where works have been concluded, the Construction Team work with clients to secure or dispute monies owed; settle disputes surrounding defective works during rectification periods, including making representations in negotiations regarding remedial payments or works; as well as to make or defend professional negligence claims or other disputes arising following the end of the rectification period.
Head of the Construction Team and Partner at Holmes & Hills Solicitors, Sam Bawden, has spoken at a number of events and webinars organised for business owners and professionals operating in the construction industry, including events organised by Holmes & Hills and third parties such as the CIOB.