Our philosophy is that the primary objective must always be to avoid a dispute. To this end, we can provide advice at the inception of a project including the use of the most appropriate form of standard contract, drafting amendments to contracts, partnering arrangements and the setting up bespoke agreements.
However, despite the best of planning, disputes can still occur and therefore a large element of our work involves assistance during and after the construction process – trouble shooting as well as advising on the dispute resolution process.
Where disputes cannot be settled by a process of negotiation, we can provide the necessary guidance to assist our clients in deciding the most appropriate legal forum for resolution. In order to make the process as easy as possible, we provide a full-range of tailored advice to achieve a successful outcome of the dispute.
We are highly experienced in construction disputes. Some of the areas of our expertise include:
- Interpretation of agreements including construction & commercial agreements
- Valuation of works and variations
- Analysis of extensions of time claims
- Assessment of loss and /or expense claims
- Professional negligence claims
- Defects claims
- Environmental claims
- Freezing injunctions
We have represented our clients, including as Advocates, in the Technology and Construction Court in a vast range of claims including disputes on collateral warranties, defects, final accounts, variations, delay & disruption, loss & expense, extension of time and even making applications for injunctions preventing the call on bonds or seeking freezing orders to restrain opponents from dissipating any of their assets.
Litigation can be an expensive business. At Silver Shemmings, we aim to control the cost to our clients in litigation. Our approach is to provide a value for money services and an effective way of managing our client’s costs is to consider the risks associated with litigation as well as providing detailed costs estimates before and during an on-going court case. We can also advise our clients on risk-transfer, i.e. insurance policies to cover the risk having to pay an opponent’s costs.
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