preparing, reviewing or negotiating construction contracts, including
preparing downstream suites of contracts; and
administering construction contracts, including the preparation of contractual claims.
Whether you operate in the property development sector (residential, commercial or industrial) or the infrastructure sector (rail, roads, hospitals, schools, prisons, energy or resources), our team has the experience and the expertise to help you navigate your way through any project, in a cost-effective and commercial manner.
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5 Things You Need to Know About Construction and Infrastructure
1Construction Law deals with matters relating to the design, construction, operation or maintenance of a building, piece of infrastructure or other asset (including the supply of plant and materials associated with the construction of an asset).
2Whether residential, commercial or industrial, every construction project has potential risks and challenges, as well as rewards and opportunities. There are many players involved in a construction project: owners, financiers, design engineers and consultants, contractors, suppliers, subcontractors, project managers and certifiers. Each player needs to understand how to manage their risks, at the same time as optimising their rewards.
3On any construction project, there are three primary considerations: time, cost and quality. These three considerations are interdependent. For example, if you want something done quicker, it will cost more — otherwise, the quality might be lower. On every project, the priority given to these three considerations will differ.
4The role of a construction lawyer is to i) understand the priority being given to each of these three considerations; and ii) ensure that the risk allocation under each construction contract accounts for the current market conditions, the asset being built, the restrictions and limitations relating to the project (e.g. site access) as well as the concerns and desires of the client.
5It is important to engage a specialist construction lawyer, who will apply their knowledge and experience to determine the right risk allocation for the project. This will enable you to effectively manage the potential risks and take advantage of the relevant opportunities.