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Project support

Masterminding construction and energy projects takes time, money and careful attention. As a client of Fenwick Elliott, you can be confident in our specialist attention to all legal and contractual details.

Problems during major building projects can be costly and time-consuming to rectify. By providing sound project advice upfront, we help prevent disputes from occurring, avoiding delays and extra expense. If the worst happens, we can often defuse contentious issues without the need for formal proceedings.

We take a hands-on approach for the duration of a project, keeping in close communication with clients and supplying ongoing support. If and when issues arise, we offer commercial, practical advice and troubleshooting options. This helps to ensure that schedules are maintained and budgets controlled at every stage of the process.

Risk minimisation lies at the heart of our actions. We ensure that documents are prepared, the right people are appointed, financial packages are well structured and every angle of the deal is commercially robust.

We are also experienced in structuring collaborative contracts to increase efficiency and reduce the prospect of disputes. For public/private finance initiative contracts, which are particularly vulnerable to legal disputes, we define responsibilities clearly and allocate risks.

In everything we do, our overarching aim is to achieve harmonious projects that complete on time and turn a faster profit – the best outcome for all parties.

Acting on behalf of a Chinese trade contractor in adjudication and enforcement proceedings in the TCC, in respect of the construction of a substantial luxury hotel in Westminster.

Acting for a main contractor in relation to £180 million refurbishment of major hotel. Assisting to negotiate and finalise various deeds of amendment to the building contract and to then to agree and finalise the final account without an expensive and distracting dispute resolution process.

Acting on behalf of an EPC contractor and its parent company on a project for the provision of a process plant under a modified IChemE Red Book contract. Issues included advising on UK and EU health and safety issues relating to alleged odorous emissions and successfully obtaining an injunction to restrain a call on a demand bond.

Advising an European contractor in relation to ongoing issues arising out of contracts for the design development, manufacture and supply of wind farm turbines, drive assemblers and related equipment for a number of off and on-shore wind farm projects.

The team's activities centre on working with clients as early as possible, eliminating potential problems before they emerge.
Chambers and Partners UK