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Construction advice

Paris Smith’s team of Construction specialists draws on expertise from our Commercial Property and Dispute Resolution teams.

Providing a full construction service, including drafting and advice on all construction documentation and assistance with all types of construction disputes, including arbitrations and adjudications as well as construction-related insolvency advice.

Construction Documents

  • Building Contract amendments and negotiation (JCT suite, NEC suite and bespoke contracts)
  • Professional Appointments
  • Collateral Warranties
  • Third Party Rights
  • Transfer of Title in goods
  • Retentions
  • Liquidated Damages
  • Letters of Intent
  • Pre-Contract Services Agreements
  • Performance bonds
  • Guarantees
  • Risk Reviews of Construction documents

Construction Disputes

  • Construction claims
  • Professional Negligence
  • Insolvency of key parties including Main Contractors
  • Adjudications
  • Enforcement of Adjudication decisions
  • Relevant Event procedures including Pay-Less Notices and Termination Notices
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings including mediation and arbitration

Work Highlights

  • Advising a multi-national company on a contract dispute in the Technology and Construction Court which resulted in the client company successfully recovering what was due to them from a supplier
  • Advising Southampton Football Club on their relocation to St. Mary’s Stadium
  • Advising Hampshire County Cricket Club on improvements to the Ageas Bowl
  • Acting for Employer following insolvency of the Main Contractor
  • Advising a number of large retail clients (including the Co-Operative Group) on acquisitions of newly-constructed premises
  • Advising a local school on refurbishment works to their canteen area
  • Advising a local charity on site acquisition and construction of a community café and project space
  • Acting for a charity client in a £2mllion claim against an Architect for defective design of a commercial building and failure to inspect works. This involved project managing a large team of lawyers, experts and client representatives and attending regular Board of Trustee meetings to reassure the charity on the course of the litigation.
  • Defending a case for a M & E contractor who was being blamed for delays on site.
  • Pursuing a £400,000 debt owed to a contractor for technical marine surveys for an offshore development via the High Court (insolvency) process.

Claire Egerton
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2151
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Fainche Whelan

T: 023 8048 2168
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David Eminton
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2284
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Helen Brown
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2152
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Peter Ralls QC
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2145
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Paris Smith and LLP Partner, Claire Egerton, have been our ‘go to’ commercial and contractual solicitor for a number of years now. Claire has dealt with a variety of commercial matters for us and it is the professionalism and efficiency with which she handles our cases that ensure our on-going loyalty. We’ve found that it’s not only Claire’s legal expertise but also her solid and ‘straight talking’ commercial logic that really sets her and the Paris Smith team apart from the competition.

- Mark Allies, Managing Director


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