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Construction and engineering

The construction and engineering industries have been through some torrid times. But as the sector bounces back, so too does the need for a law firm that not only understands the legal issues, but also the commercial context.

At Weightmans, we advise on the full range of commercial legal services for the construction and engineering industries, in both contentious and non-contentious matters.  Our national team of five partners and 13 other lawyers specialises exclusively in construction and engineering law, acting for a wide range of clients in public and private sectors.

This means we have a real depth of knowledge and breadth of experience, from standard forms of contract such as JCT, NEC, FIDIC, IChemE, and ICC, and typical amendments to these forms, to keeping abreast of developments in the industry, so we can advise on commercial as well as legal issues. Our charge rates are competitive and we often work on fixed fees or estimates.

Advice and disputes

Our recent experience includes acting for a large transport authority, a substantial consultancy, major contractors, specialist sub-contractors, universities and local authorities, on various forms of dispute. 

Formal proceedings are always a last resort, and we will try to avoid them where possible. But if unavoidable, our substantial experience of adjudication and other forms of dispute resolution, including arbitration, High Court proceedings and mediation, means we are ideally placed to protect your interests. 

Transactional work

We prepare and advise on the complete package of documents for construction and engineering developments, including contract amendments, bonds, warranties and appointments. Much of our non-contentious work is for developers, public bodies and other employers. But we also provide services for contractors and specialists, who use our risk reports on proposed conditions when submitting tenders and negotiating contracts. 

Their advice is clear, thorough, open and objective.


They are very professional, competent and experienced.


Lawyers are knowledgeable in both the construction industry and the law, and advice is succinct and commercial
Chambers & Partners 2016

Weightmans LLP advised Peel Ports on the development and construction of a new deep water freight facility at the port of Liverpool. John Cleaveley stands out for his 'client-handling, responsiveness and quality of advice'.


The team at Weightmans LLP 'has a wealth of knowledge and a profound understanding of the construction industry and its drivers, including insurance-related issues'. Ian Yule is 'a master of contentious construction dispute resolution'
Legal 500 2015