Construction and Engineering


Our construction and engineering team provide expert advice to a broad range of clients in the sector. Our clients include:


funders, developers, employers and contractors involved in residential, commercial and energy related projects;


design and construction professionals, including architects, planners and surveyors;

suppliers of products and technologies to the sector; and

educational and other institutions.


Sarah Western specialises in our provision of non-contentious legal services in respect of construction matters. She regularly advises on and negotiates construction contracts, collateral warranties and performance bonds. She has previously completed a secondment at a national construction company, so understands the importance of being commercial in any negotiations.


Sarah also regularly provides in-house training sessions and seminars to her construction clients, and is happy to produce training tailored to cater to her clients’ needs, to help them avoid common pitfalls in negotiating and administering construction contracts.


Neil Grigg is recognised for his specialism in the area of property development and renewable energy projects. He has advised on major projects throughout the country.


Our services include:



procurement and preparation of tender documents and packs;

relevant contract documentation and preparation including supply and service contracts and building contracts (bespoke or using standard sector documents);

collateral warranties, guarantees, performance and retention bonds and other securities;

property related issues on any project or development including leases, licenses and easements; and



Michael Batty heads our provision of dispute resolution services to the construction and engineering sector. He has considerable expertise in advising on commercial and property disputes, professional negligence claims against other professionals and in defending Environment Agency and Health & Safety Executive prosecutions.


We are pro-active in resolving all forms of disputes and ensure that we provide clients with a practical and cost effective service. To do this we advise on the appropriate dispute resolution procedure including:





independent expert determination;

adjudication; and

court proceedings.


Some examples of recent work in this sector include:


advice to a private hospital group on collateral warranties received from building contractors and professional consultants;

representing a developer in relation to a claim against a professional contractor concerning alleged inadequate ground preparation which resulted in additional soil treatment costs before the commencement of construction work;

advising the owners of a property bought for refurbishment in relation to a claim for negligence and breach of contract against the appointed building contractor;

advising on a building contract for a commercial property development;

settling warranties, bonds and guarantees for tenants on new build, high-value, science park units;

advising clients in relation to the extent of a restricted NHBC policy and negotiating with the insurer to secure the completion of remedial works under the policy;

recovering fees for an architect relating to a development project;

preparation of a construction joint venture agreement for a landowner and residential developer; and

advising the directors and shareholders of a building contractor entering an insolvency process, including the mitigation of loss for creditors, assisting in the assignment of on-going projects to new contractors and advising on the subsequent investigation by the Official Receiver.


We are committed to providing added value to our clients and this includes providing legal updates, seminars, networking opportunities and working with sector representative groups and educational institutions in supporting the development of the sector.


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Principal contact


Michael Batty

Michael Batty


Neil Grigg

Neil Grigg


Selene Holden

Selene Holden


Helen Hendry

Helen Hendry


Rob Adam

Rob Adam


Sarah Western

Sarah Western