Construction and engineering lawyers
‘Our expertise can help you rise to market challenges – and make the most of new opportunities’
About one thing, most construction and engineering lawyers agree. Everyone working in these sectors over recent years has had to become more focused – yet remain flexible and innovative. At Royds Withy King, our expertise can help you rise to market challenges and make the most of new opportunities now coming on stream.
Putting your interests first for all construction and engineering projects
There’s no substitute for getting to know your business inside out. It means we can help you agree building contracts and appointment terms that fairly and properly allocate risk – and minimise the likelihood of disputes. However if things do go wrong, we’re there to ensure you get the result you need – through, structured negotiation, adjudication or more traditional forms of dispute resolution – in the most cost-efficient way possible.
Our construction and engineering lawyers work with the full range of sector professionals including:
- Contractors and sub-contractors
We’ll make sure your contract not only sets out rights and obligations, but is also a useful tool for managing risk and safeguarding your interests. As well as helping you get paid on time, we can also advise on terminating contracts, resolving disputes and dealing with insolvency. Find out more.
- Developers and employers
A robust strategy is vital for safeguarding you and your funders’ interests. From managing procurement and agreeing the right contract and collateral warranties, bonds and guarantees through to effective project management and project completion – our construction and engineering lawyers speak your language. Find out more.
Whether you’re advising your client on procurement, project management or delivery, we help make contracts balanced and fair. We can also work with you to manage the complexities of collateral warranties and third party rights. Find out more.
“What the team is known for: Advises a broad range of industry players, including contractors, suppliers, consultants and employers, on all stages of the supply chain. Adept at handling matters in the education, infrastructure, housing and charity sectors. Recent work includes long-term procurement and contractual advice, as well as complex multiparty disputes. Increasingly active in representing clients in the healthcare, retail and leisure fields. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): Clients commend the firm’s “level of market knowledge and experience,” while also stating that “the firm’s speed of response was impressive.” Notable practitioners: Graham Street is lauded for his “very strong reputation in construction law,” while also serving as firm managing partner. His practice includes both transactional and contentious matters, the latter of which extends to litigation and ADR. Andrew Ash regularly acts on high-profile disputes for utility companies, contactors and developers. “We always feel that we are on solid ground when Andrew provides feedback,” observes one source, while another states: “I would follow him wherever he goes as his attention to detail is that good.” Sources describe Abigail Garty as “a great non-contentious junior solicitor.” Her practice includes procurement options, contract negotiation and performance bonds.” Chambers 2019 South West
“Royds Withy King regularly handles design and construction procurement for large regional residential and commercial development projects, and is particularly noted for its contentious construction practice. ‘A very good alternative to any London-based construction lawyer’, department head Andrew Ash represented a civil contractor in claims against a residential developer regarding concerning the cost of certain engineering works. Ash and Terry McDermott advised the University of Bath on the appointment of an architect for a £70m campus development, including new premises for the School of Management. Similarly, Graham Street assisted a developer with the design and construction procurement for a residential development. The team, including associate Abigail Garty, also advises lenders and corporate occupiers on construction due diligence in connection with real estate and funding transactions. Philip Banks-Welsh also has experience in construction disputes.” Legal 500 2018 South West