Our projects, construction and infrastructure team advises public and private sector clients across a wide range of industries on all aspects of capital projects from inception to completion, through to the operational lifecycle of an asset, including front-end contract strategy, project documentation, regulatory matters and risk management across Womble Bond Dickinson's sectors.
We have a significant track record acting on infrastructure projects across the globe in the power generation, offshore, transportation, engineering and renewable energy sectors.
Our lawyers have deep insight into the construction industry derived from years of experience and secondments with key clients. From all our locations, we provide down-to-earth industry and sector advice and form long-term relationships with clients that trust us to deliver.
Clients include contractors, government and public sector bodies, developers, building product manufacturers, homebuilders, investors, employers, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers and contract administrators as well as their insurers.
The team provides transactional construction advice to the real estate, development, investment, engineering and infrastructure sectors, and works with property owners, utilities, developers and contractors to structure, negotiate and draft construction contracts, design-build agreements and economic incentive agreements. We also provide advice on managing complex construction projects.
We also deal with construction and engineering disputes, principally by way of adjudication but also arbitration (domestic and international), litigation and mediation as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution. We regularly advise our clients on dispute avoidance, risk management and disruption strategies.
The team also defends manufacturers in class action, multi-district and “bet-the-company” mass tort litigation. Clients include manufacturers of residential and commercial building products such as asphalt roofing shingles, wood siding and trim products, windows and doors, synthetic stucco systems, decking products, engineered trusses and framing materials, built-up roofing products, elastomeric coatings, metal roof systems, and polymer-based coatings.
We have experience with a broad range of procurement issues in a wide range of sectors. Our understanding of your project needs helps us address your project needs, whether it is conducting audits on projects in respect of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding or drafting and reviewing procurement documentation (including advertisements, PQQ documents, award criteria and tender instructions, evaluation methodologies and scoring guidelines) standstill letters, contract award notices, and voluntary ex-ante transparency notices.
We have substantial experience in the creation and administration of frameworks, including that for the UK central government, and in defending and bringing procurement challenges on behalf of both contracting authority and bidder clients.
We provide advice across a range of matters, including:
- Advising on key procurement strategies and project delivery methods
- Drafting and negotiating the full suite of procurement documents
- Advising on the establishment of complex national frameworks
- Defending and bringing challenges, claims, and litigation
- Working closely with the clients’ technical consultants on complex procurements
- Advising on whether a procurement is regulated
- Advising on contract changes and client counseling during project implementation
- Advising on procurement-compliant group and joint venture structures.
Whatever your needs, our firm-wide approach provides you with a tailored team that works hard to help you do business better.
‘WBD have a good depth and breadth of knowledge in the key areas needed by my organisation. They have a robust and supportive team structure capable of responding to requirements quickly and effectively. Their advice has always been first-rate and they take the time to clearly understand and talk through options not just react to a request.’
‘Collaborative approach and takes the time to understand our requirement so that more tailored advice is given.’
‘Womble Bond Dickinson has an excellent approach to case management, as it has a very dynamic team with the respective breadth and depth of experience. The lawyers react quickly to challenging circumstances and provide valuable guidance in relation to the matters they handle.’
“The lawyers are able to respond quickly and have always delivered specific advice. They draw on their specialist knowledge to come up with the complement we need, specifically in property matters or construction litigation matters.”
“Very good, responsive, quick, competent, easy to get on with and personable.”