Construction Projects

Fladgate’s construction lawyers advise a wide range of clients on the legal aspects of construction projects, from contracts and other documentation to navigating EU procurement rules, appointing the appropriate professionals and resolving contractual issues during the construction phase.

We are experienced in all the major contract forms used in the construction industry, and frequently advise clients on JCT and NEC contracts and how best to protect their interests when using these forms. We also advise on less commonly-used forms such as PPC2000, and have considerable experience in developing bespoke documentation with our clients to suit their specific circumstances.

Our construction team advises on all legal documentation needed in construction projects including bonds, parent company guarantees and collateral warranties. We are also experienced in advising clients on appropriate forms of appointment for architects, engineers, project managers and other construction professionals.

The EU procurement rules can be a minefield for public authorities and tenderers. We provide guidance on the implementation of these complex rules in a variety of circumstances.

Internationally, we are familiar with the FIDIC forms, and one of our construction partners was an author of the ICC major turnkey form of contract.

Our construction team works closely with our large and highly respected real estate practice to ensure that all documentation reflects the latest requirements and that those involved in the construction process are aware of any specific relevant issues.

If you have any questions or queries please call Alan on +44 (0)20 3036 7277 or email

A wide practice particularly active in waste-to-energy projects, property development for retail, hotels and student accommodation, and construction-related health and safety issues.  “Good solid team, quite specialist, and they know what they’re doing.”

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Well-regarded practice with a purchaser-side focus. Advises on high-value transactional and contentious matters and often deals with leisure, infrastructure, energy and property development matters.

“The team provides a quality service and understands the importance of timely advice, pragmatic solutions and cost certainty.”  “With Fladgate we can rest assured that each area of legal and contractual exposure has been methodically reasoned with appropriate advice and implementation.”

Advised Merlin Entertainments on its ongoing expansion work and portfolio of construction projects across the globe, worth hundreds of millions of pounds in total.   Acted for the University of London on its estate-wide energy-efficient lighting upgrade scheme using a two-stage approach to the tender for the project.

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Alan Woolston engages in both contentious and non-contentious work, with particular specialisms in PFI/PPP schemes and offshore energy projects. One client is “impressed with his focused attention to detail and ability to understand every potential trajectory of decisions that he has considered and created a strategy around.”

Gillian Birkby advises clients from across the construction market on non-contentious matters including procurement, contracts and appointments. One client says: “She provides insightful and cutting-edge advice with fantastic support.”

Alan Erwin has a broad non-contentious practice that sees him advise on commercial developments and renewables projects. He has experience advising on domestic construction projects and overseas matters.

Chambers UK

Fladgate LLP’s ‘cerebral and dedicated’ practice includes ‘incisive adviser’ Barry Hembling, who has been busy on behalf of Merlin Entertainments, advising on a portfolio of leisure-related construction projects globally. The team also has expertise in renewable energy and is acting for BTS Biogas on the construction of an anaerobic digestion plant in south Yorkshire. Gillian Birkby and Alan Woolston head the practice and handle a mix of contentious and non-contentious work.

Legal 500

Strong practice that advises on a range of complex disputes and transactions in sectors as diverse as renewables, retail and residential. Has a varied purchaser-side client list.  Alan Erwin specialises in front-end work, where he is active in the hotel, retail, infrastructure and process plant sectors amongst others.  Alan Woolston “has a pragmatic character and can convey legal issues in layman’s terms,” according to commentators. He advises on both front-end and back-end construction projects.

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Advised Chorus Group on the £35 million fit-out contract for the Shangri-La Hotel in the Shard.  Acted for Brighton i360 and Marks Barfield Architects on the documentation for an observation tower on Brighton’s seafront. The £33 million project will employ a range of foreign and domestic contractors.  Department head Gillian Birkby’s expertise runs the full gamut of construction, including procurement, construction contracts and disputes.

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Gillian Birkby heads the fast-growing practice at Fladgate LLP, which was joined by Barry Hembling from Fenwick Elliott LLP in February 2015 and litigator Digby Hebbard from Trowers & Hamlins LLP in May 2015. Highlights for the team included advising Chorus Group on the £35m fit-out works for the Shangri-La Hotel in the Shard.

Legal 500

Practice head Gillian Birkby advises a range of clients on the drafting of contracts and contract-related disputes. She has recently been instructed by a number of high-profile clients in arbitrations and projects work. Alan Erwin specialises in transactional matters, specifically acting for clients on the negotiation and drafting of construction and engineering contracts. He is “one of the most methodical lawyers I’ve come across”, notes an observer. Alan Woolston handles both non-contentious and dispute avoidance work. He is well versed in advising on high-value projects work.

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In addition to acting on high-profile redevelopments of mixed-use sites, this firm is expanding further into the energy sector. The team receives instructions on a number of wind, biomass and waste-to-energy projects. The firm’s top-level clients include Odeon Cinemas, Weltec Biopower and Hitachi Zosen Inova. Team members are described by clients as “exceedingly conscientious, even with very complicated matters” and “absolutely superb”.

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  • Cathedral Group Plc – mixed–use public private partnership regeneration projects including: the award–winning Clapham One development, which comprised a leisure centre, a new public library, a medical centre and residential apartments; Bromley South Central, a £90m mixed–use PPP development which will include cafes, restaurants, a 130 room hotel and a new 400 space underground car parking facility; and the mixed–use development of The Movement, Greenwich, including a Travelodge hotel, community centre and incubator units, and student accommodation and private residential accommodation by others.
  • Helicopter manufacturer – UK search and rescue PFI project.
  • Londonewcastle – drafting and negotiating of construction contracts and consultants’ appointments for high end residential and social housing developments with office and retail spaces.
  • Terrace Hill Group plc – various matters including: the development of an eight storey building on the site of the former House of Fraser head office for Howick Place Office SàRL, a joint venture between Doughty Hanson Real Estate and Terrace Hill Group, comprising 135,000 sq ft of offices over eight floors, 23 private residential apartments and ten affordable housing units; the development by a joint venture of Terrace Hill Group Plc and Geoffrey Osborne Developments of 1,104 units of student accommodation in three blocks let to University of Southampton; and the development by a joint venture of Terrace Hill Group Plc and Aerium of a 31,500 sq ft office and retail development in Conduit Street, London.
  • CIMC – hotel developments across the UK using modular rooms manufactured in China.
  • Events staging contracts for installation – in major stadia, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, in association with the FIFA World Cup 2014 and for other major launch events.
  • Shangri–La Hotel – contract to complete the remaining fit–out works for the hotel at The Shard, London Bridge.
  • Legacy use of the Olympic Park sports stadia – drafting and negotiating contracts, including issues arising on public procurement.
  • NHP Leisure Developments Ltd – development of the former Kingston power station, involving the construction of a concrete box over and around the electricity substation, which continues to function, and the construction of social housing, a hotel and open market residential accommodation.
  • Brighton i360 – procurement strategy and drafting contract terms for Britain’s tallest observation tower, to be positioned on the beach end of the site of the former West Pier.