Construction law

Sharpe Pritchard’s construction team advises a range of clients across the industry, including central government, local authorities, housing associations, developers, funders, project sponsors, consultants and charitable institutions. 

We work with public sector bodies and private sector contractors across the UK.  Sharpe Pritchard has been appointed to a number of approved procurement panels

The team advises on all standard form construction contracts, including JCT, NEC, GC/Works and FIDIC. We also advise on all ancillary documentation, including bonds, parent company guarantees and collateral warranties. In addition, we advise on standard form and bespoke professional team appointments and partnering agreements.

Each of our lawyers has extensive experience in European procurement law and can advise on both contentious and non-contentious matters.  As such, we are renowned experts in property and facilities management contracts, with experience in PPP, PFI and procurement.

We also advise on dispute resolution with a particular focus on adjudication. Our specialist team will help you to prepare for any outcome, see our adjudication advice microsite.In addition, we advise on and guide our clients through mediation, litigation, expert determination and arbitration.

Key project sectors we work with include infrastructure, retail and commercial developments, strategic maintenance projects, education including academy conversions and new builds, waste and regeneration

The construction team regularly lectures and runs training workshops on JCT and NEC contracts, procurement in the construction industry and PPP/PFI models.

Recent work

  • advising the London Borough of Brent on their primary school expansion programme;
  • working with Wakefield Council as advisors on a long-term procurement involving capital construction works, repair and maintenance as part of their strategic transformation project;
  • advising on a highly complex dispute regarding a major infrastructure contract, and successfully negotiating a settlement;
  • advising throughout the Clay Farm redevelopment for Cambridge City Council.


What others say

The construction law team at Sharpe Pritchard has a “Strong reputation for representing public sector clients in a wide range of transactional issues and disputes.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

"They are incredibly responsive, hugely passionate about the projects that they are engaged on and provide very well-balanced, commercial advice."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

"An excellent, coherent team who each know their tasks and work very effectively with the wider client team and internally."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Head of construction Justin Mendelle has “a strong public sector practice and advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Justin Mendelle "gives strong all-round advice, has a clear strategic view of the issues and is tactically sound in his approach."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

The construction law team was ranked in tier 5 for both its contentious and non-contentious work with Justin Mendelle receiving individual praise as a “first-class negotiator”. 
Legal 500 2016.

“Justin Mendelle he is an exceptional lawyer with a razor sharp brain.  He fitted into our team perfectly, worked extremely hard for the council and I am personally very grateful to him.” 
Jonathan Reuben, Project Lead.

"Sharpe Pritchard’s enthusiastic, committed and experienced lawyers brought a commercial and practical approach to the project. They were a calming influence throughout and talked in a language that we and the contractors understood." 
Mark Revell, Strategic Procurement Manager.


15 March 2019

‘Smash and grab’ adjudications, is the picture any clearer? - M Davenport Builders Limited v Greer and another [2019] EWHC 318 (TCC)
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7 March 2019

Interpreting Practical Completion: University of Warwick v Balfour Beatty Group [2018] EWHC 3230 (TCC)
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21 January 2019

‘Living Wills’ – the answer to contractor financial instability?
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