Construction and Engineering

Construction and engineering law encompasses a variety of disciplines.

Non-contentious construction and engineering involves advising on the terms of contracts and professional appointments for use by construction professionals (such as architects and engineers), contractors or sub-contractors involved in construction and engineering operations.

Often, this will involve drafting bespoke amendments to the standard form agreements created by various professional bodies, such as the Royal Institute of British Architects or the Joint Contracts Tribunal.  These contracts range small scale development contracts to large international projects, PFI schemes and multi-million-pound developments.

Contentious construction and engineering law involves assisting parties to resolve disputes that have arisen under these contracts.  The range of cases is wide, from disputes between home-owners and their contractors on small scale domestic building projects, to multi-party disputes in commercial developments with complex contractual structures. The disputes often require expert evidence as to why a building has failed and whether the construction professionals have met the required standard of skill and care.

These disputes do not necessarily end up in Court, they are often referred to adjudication, arbitration or mediation: less expensive and more efficient methods of resolution.  With wide experience of these procedures Axiom members are ideally placed to represent clients in all these contexts.

a clear leader for construction disputes in Scotland.”

“The advocates have vast experience handling construction defect, damage, delay and negligence claims, and regularly represent engineers and contractors, among a range of other industry professionals.” Chambers and Partners.