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Our capital projects, our spaces and places, our built environment in all its splendid variety; construction and engineering form the bricks and mortar upon which much of our landscape – and our economy – is built.

Google ‘construction law uk’ and you’ll find a confusing range of providers. Our team of experienced construction lawyers have many combined years of experience working across the public and third sector, with a particular focus on advising local government, education institutions and charities on all shapes and sizes of building, refurbishment and engineering projects. This breadth of knowledge means our construction team understands the world of construction in all its many guises. Think of us as your in house construction law firm.

Our construction solicitors act for public sector organisations offering a range of services including support at the inception and planning of a new project, ensuring all documentation is compliant, achieves the client’s needs and offers best value, offering project support to manage risk and avoid dispute, as well as handling any claims and disputes should they arise.

With an unwavering commitment to client objectives and clear focus on solutions, working with our experienced team of building lawyers, you can be assured we’ll get the job done, and then some.

Our services

Procurement and project set-up
  • Contract selection
  • Procurement advice
  • Project structures
  • Bonds and guarantees
  • Building and Engineering contracts
  • Collateral warranties and third party rights
  • Consultant appointments
  • Development agreements
  • Framework agreements
  • Partnerships and alliancing
Project support
  • Advice
  • Dispute avoidance
  • Risk management
  • Troubleshooting
Claims & disputes
  • Dispute avoidance and resolution
  • Adjudication
  • Arbitration
  • Court proceedings
  • Defects
  • Design
  • Workmanship
  • Payment and final account disputes
  • Delay and disruption

Contact a specialist

Paul Reekie

Consultant | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3277

+44 (0)777 165 7689

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Stephen Radcliffe

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3282

+44 (0) 779 324 2478

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What people say

  • Neil Williamson is technically sound, reliable, makes himself available, is supportive and commercial, and easy to use.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • Helpful, efficient and excellent value for money.

    Legal 500
  • The main strength within the individuals at Ward Hadaway LLP is the effort they have made to understand my business and our approach to contracts and risk management. This has allowed them to tailor their advice to the approach they know my business will take whilst ensuring that we are away of any areas of concern they may have.

    Legal 500
  • The team at Ward Hadaway LLP are very joined up in their approach meaning that there are no real conflicts in the advice or guidance they provide, they also ensure that any member of the team who will be dealing with a query from us is fully briefed on the issue and on my business to avoid me having to go over and over the issue.

    Legal 500
  • In terms of innovation, Ward Hadaway were at the forefront of supporting my business through the really difficult initial period of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pragmatic view and approach they helped us to take with a number of our clients was key in securing a favourable outcome in very trying circumstances.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The team at Ward Hadaway are well experienced in construction law and as such I have great confidence when dealing with them and seeking their advice and support with any issues. What I believe makes their practice stand out against other firms is that they get to know the business they are working with and understand the culture; they aim to ensure that their advice and support is tailored to achieve the desired outcome.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The team have made more of an effort to understand my business than previous firms I have dealt with. This has meant that the advice they provide is tailored to their understanding of our relationships with specific clients rather than simply taking a 'one size
    fits all' approach.

    Client quote
  • We have a very good working relationship with Ward Hadaway; they are like an extension of our in-house team.

    Client quote
  • the top of the industry.

    Chambers & Partners

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