Construction & Engineering Law

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CONTRACT DRAFTING & LEGAL ADVICE

For our professional clients, Mercantile Barristers offers a comprehensive and effective construction and engineering contract drafting and advisory service, applicable to all stages of a project’s life cycle, from initial feasibility through to completion, disposal or occupation.

Legal issues arise at every stage in a project’s life cycle. Addressing them promptly and properly are often the ‘stitch in time’ that saves a costly dispute down the line. Mercantile Barristers are able to offer a comprehensive drafting and strategic advisory service that avoids disputes and ensures that our clients are best prepared should a dispute become inevitable. We are regularly asked to review and draft contract documentation, plus provide advice concerning:

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT DISPUTES
Mercantile Barristers are experts in managing construction and engineering contract disputes from inception to conclusion. Because we understand the commercial context behind these disputes, we excel in devising the most profitable disposal of every dispute for our clients.

We are regularly asked to provide strategic and tactical advice in relation to all forms of disputes and prospective disputes and to provide advice and drafting support at the early stages of a construction and engineering contract dispute.

Our members at Mercantile Barristers are Public Access Trained and are happy to be consulted by and accept instructions directly from professionals and discerning private clients at any time (for direct access barristers). To book a consultation with one of our Direct Access Barristers in London please call us and speak to our clerks who will find the best-placed barrister for you.

WORKING WITH BARRISTERS BEFORE 2004

Historically, barristers in England & Wales could only accept instructions from solicitors and could not be consulted directly by members of the public. Barristers were considered to be too expert and too specialist to deal directly with lay clients.

It was left to a solicitor to first determine whether the legal problem that has arisen required the involvement of the expert barrister. If so, it was only the solicitor that could instruct the expert barrister on behalf of the lay client. Using a medical analogy, it is akin to having to see your GP before being referred to the Specialist Consultant.

NO ISSUES WITH DIRECT ACCESS BARRISTERS METHOD

In this traditional mode of operation the lay client continues to pay for his solicitor while also paying for his expert barrister. While this has always been the case, it is unnecessary in certain modern circumstances and inevitably commercial pressures and modernity has brought a change. Professionals such as company directors, agents, architects, surveyors, construction engineers and other specialist consultants may not require hand-holding by a solicitor in order to consult the expert barrister about their case.

ADVANTAGES OF INSTRUCTING DIRECT ACCESS BARRISTERS

A change in the law in 2004 allowed barristers, who have undertaken additional training, to advise clients without the need for a solicitor and listed below are some of the reasons why it is advantageous to instruct a direct access barrister.

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