Managing risk under construction contracts

‘When it comes to reputation, we’ve built ours on making light of legal complexities and giving straightforward advice.’

Convention has it that risk is allocated to the party or parties best able to manage it. This places a heavy burden on construction contracts and on contractors and sub-contractors, at a time when clients’ expectations are inevitably high and overhead and profit margins are unfavourably low.

The expertise you need for construction dispute resolution

Our team of construction dispute resolution solicitors has a reputation for making light of legal complexities and giving valuable, straightforward advice. You can rely on our experience in areas such as:

  • Getting contracts right
    We’ll ensure you achieve a fair balance of risk and reward. With the right construction contracts., you’ll understand what you’re letting yourself in for and how best you can safeguard your interests.
  • Getting paid
    Involve us at an early stage and we can help you to understand your options and the associated risks. We’ll give you down to earth advice with options to suit your style and your pocket.
  • Terminating contracts
    We’ll assess your position, taking account of the upsides and downsides of any proposed action. Whatever issues you find yourself facing, we’ve the experience to help you.
  • Resolving disputes
    When disputes arise, access to specialist advice on construction contracts and a speedy response are vital. We can provide the early advice that avoids costly mistakes – saving time and money for all concerned.
  • Dealing with insolvency
    If your employer, subcontractor or suppliers go into administration or liquidation, the consequences can be catastrophic. We can guide you through the steps required to protect your position.

Our credentials

“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. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are very helpful and always keen to be engaged.” “They provide good service at competitive rates.” Work highlights Advised That Bournemouth Company on the procurement of a £70 million mixed-use development project, to include residential units, two Hilton hotels and associated works. Notable practitioners: Graham Street (Eminent Practitioner) is the firm’s managing partner and advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. His deep knowledge of the construction sector is widely respected in the market. Litigation specialist Andrew Ash (Band 3) represents a range of contractors, developers and utility providers. One market source attests that he is “technically very good, and passionate about what he does.” Associate Abigail Garty (Band 3) is described by interviewees as a “very conscientious” practitioner. She advises clients on a host of transactional and contentious issues, from contract negotiation and professional appointments to defect and payment claims.” Chambers 2017 South West

“Royds Withy King advises on contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the retail, housing and infrastructure sectors. Philip Banks-Welsh and Graham Street are key figures in the team, which was joined in January 2016 by Andrew Ash from Osborne Clarke.” Legal 500 2016 South West

Contact us now to find out how our expertise in construction contracts can make life simpler for you. Call us on 0800 923 2063 or email

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