We can provide expert legal advice on all aspects of sub-contracting with the construction industry and have extensive experience of working with all of the standard forms commonly used in the industry including the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) forms as well as bespoke sub-contracts.
We have in depth knowledge of all of the main procurements methods in use throughout the construction industry including traditional and design and build but also management contracting and construction management and can advise on how the sub-contracting arrangements for each as required to ensure the success of a project.
Our approach is to work with your team to advise on the sub-contracts. That may be by assisting a contractor in the tender process, drafting sub-contracts and amendments to the standard forms, advising contractors and sub-contractors on and negotiating the terms of a sub-contract as required and assisting in the preparing and engrossing them.
We regularly advise on the risk profiles of various sub-contracts and can work with you to review and draft sub-contracts to suit your requirements and to achieve your aims, whether your priorities are in relation to quality, price or programme. We believe that it is better to consider the risks at the outset and place the responsibility for them with the person most able to manage it having regard to your priorities.
We also have extensive experience of tendering processes and can advise on advance orders, letters of intent, collateral warranties, third party rights and security documentation
We regularly advise on the administration processes contained in sub-contracts to ensure that projects are delivered successfully without wasting time on expensive disputes. Our approach is to use contracts as a project management tool throughout the project in order to resolve issues as they arise rather than saving them up until completion.
We can provide a full sub-contract review service for sub-contractors who are tendering for new projects and advise on the risks arising and the current market position to ensure that you are not taking on greater responsibilities and liabilities than are necessary but also bearing in mind the commercial realities of tender processes.