Early Work Agreements

Our specialist team of construction law solicitors have extensive experience advising on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering matters. From construction contracts and procurement to various methods of dispute resolution whether through litigation or alternative methods.

An early works contract governs the preliminary works carried out prior to the finalisation of a head contract, under which the main works are carried out.

The head contract may specifically oblige the contractor to accept liabilities for the preliminary works, even where the preliminary works are undertaken by a different contractor. Alternatively, the head contract may allow assignment or novation of the early works contract.

The majority of standard form building contracts contain express termination clauses that provide the Employer and Contractor, or Either Party with the right to terminate the contract in specified circumstances.

A contractual right to terminate is often the preferred method of bringing a contract to an end because sometimes it does not require a breach of contract to be proved at all and, even where it does, the right to terminate can be exercised even if the breach is not of a repudiatory nature required for a common law determination. The contractual provisions also provide certainty as to the procedure to be followed by an innocent party and are often drafted to allow for a period of grace during which the party in default can remedy its breach and may, therefore, avoid disruption to the project or a breakdown of commercial relations.

Our solicitors have an in depth understanding of contractual rights to terminate which is vital in our ability to provide our clients with high quality advice and solutions to all construction related issues.

Our solicitors recognise the risks and challenges that are confronted in the construction industry and our dedicated construction and engineering team provides cost-effective and tailored legal solutions.

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Construction Law Matters

The construction and engineering sectors are fast paced at times and there’s often uncertainty involved in various area of work. High quality advice from an expert construction lawyer can play a key role. Whether you are dealing with construction documentation, procurement questions or a dispute, then a commercially focussed approach will save you time and money.

Construction law covers all aspects of the built environment, from infrastructure to commercial and residential buildings, offices, retail and manufacturing facilities. Every building and engineering project carries its own inherent challenges and risks, with little room for error. By adopting a collaborative approach, we can clearly identify goals and plan meticulously for most eventualities.

Our specialist lawyers are able to work with a wide range of clients within the construction and engineering sector including commercial and residential occupiers, contractors, sub-contractors, logistics companies, not-for-profit organisations, local authorities, developers, funding institutions, consultants and other construction professionals.

We are able to offer practical, commercial and industry focused advice on both non-contentious and contentious matters.

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Our aim is to resolve matters as swiftly as possible and our construction and engineering team can provide you with expert support. Whether you want general advice or strong action, we have the knowledge and experience to help you in the most effective way.

We have been involved in a wide range of construction and engineering matters, many of which have involved niche and unusual points of law.

We are able to explain clearly the legal issues and provide open, honest and professional advice, plus a range of funding options.

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