Specialist Services

Contracts

A practical overview on all contracts, however large or small, is advisable to assess the risks and their practicality of operation by project staff. The number of parties involved in construction and engineering, all requiring contracts, requires an in depth understanding and appreciation of both legal and practical problems. We can provide assistance with drafting, negotiation, interpretation  or advice on any problem arising from standard or non-standard contracts.

Disputes and Claims

Claims cost money, but our timely advice can reduce the risk of claims being made. Regular monthly surgeries, to discuss, advise and appraise, are a contributory factor to TQM. Should a claim arise, we provide an initial assessment before we undertake preparation, defence, evaluation and/or negotiation of either contractual or tortious claims, whether under standard forms or not. Advice is given on heads of claim, liquidated damages, extensions of time, disruption, loss of productivity, overheads, loss of profit, financing charges and expert evaluation of the potential risks associated therewith. Expert reports on these contentious areas as well as problems associated with payments, set-off, contra charges and claims can be prepared. Our trained arbitrators/mediators can act as third parties to assist in resolving disputes through mediation, conciliation or arbitration, resolving differences and preserving trading relationships.

Expert Reports

We provide expert reports on most building, construction and engineering matters, including claims evaluation, defective work, building failures, professional negligence, product liability claims, insurance, valuation of the works, contractual positions. We attend conferences with counsel and give evidence at both arbitration and litigation hearings.

Negligence

Our team investigate and report on professional negligence on matters of design, management, administration, liability of contracts, sub-contractors and suppliers in regard to defective work, design and materials.

Insolvency

Investigations, reports on viability and/or performance of contracts can be undertaken to provide a critical appraisal of a company. We also help with valuation of work in progress, costs to complete, negotiation of contracts, preparation of novation or assignments, collection of monies due, preparation of defence of claims and practical advice for the completion of projects.

Quality Management

To assist in the development and commitment to TQM we provide a variety of services to augment your existing management team. Seminars/training programmes can be devised and tailored to suit your individual needs to ensure staff are committed and aware of the up to date requirements.

Insurance

Valuation of property for insurance purposes and assessments for fire damage and consequential loss claims. Professional insurance liability claims assessed and valued with full reports and evidence at hearings if required.