Law Firms

When faced with specialist construction matters, there is a strong temptation by firms without any or insufficient construction expertise to try and draft and negotiate complex contracts, appointments and warranties themselves. Alternatively, law firms may be tempted to run construction claims in arbitration or adjudication, because they are “the same” as litigation.


Why should you outsource your construction matters to Barton Legal?

Barton Legal provides specialist construction and engineering advice and assistance to other law firms that do not have this expertise. This is based on years of real experience acting for a myriad of different parties, in all forms of construction and engineering matters, whether contentious or non-contentious.

For example, construction litigation has its own rules and procedures and many of the processes, such as adjudication, require an in-depth knowledge and actual experience, in order to give the best advice and to know what action to take, and when.

Non-contentious construction may vary from JCT to FIDIC, and from issues such as repudiation to exclusion clauses. We have the expertise and knowledge built up over many years of working with these contracts, coupled with the commercial acumen required by construction companies, to give you expert help and advice.

Moreover, law firms should also be wary that their professional indemnity insurance may not cover the work associated with these areas if they are not specifically included within their stated areas of expertise. Why take the risk when such matters can easily be referred to Barton Legal?

What value will this add to your work?

Solicitors lacking specialist knowledge will face a time consuming and uncertain task, as they may be unfamiliar with the technicalities of specialist contracts, complex adjudication, or issues surrounding foreign projects, complex notice issues and international contracts.

Engaging us to assist with construction and engineering matters ensures your clients receive expert advice that is clear to understand, specific to the issues, based on many years of experience, and will free up your time to work on your own specialist areas.

Our team is dedicated and will always work collaboratively with you, thereby enhancing and bolstering the advice you give. The client remains your client and we simply provide support, advice and assistance as and when required. As a niche practice, we will not impact on other areas of your work.

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Frequently asked questions

We pride ourselves on having a network of contacts that we can trust to refer our clients too. If you specialise in your own nice area of law, then please get in touch as we would like to help you get more work.

Barton Legal has a wealth of experience and knowledge and we can assist you with a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including:

  • Contract drafting, advice and negotiation- including international contracts
  • Energy projects, e.g. solar, biomass and wind farms
  • Engineering projects, e.g. oil pipe lines, pharmaceutical plants, water and waste treatment plants
  • Schools and Further Education sites
  • Arbitration, domestic and international
  • Adjudication
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Contract review and drafting
  • Contract due diligence

We have worked with a variety of different law practices regionally, nationally and internationally, including;

  • Wilkin Chapman LLP
  • Thirty Nine Essex Street
  • Bridge McFarland LLP
  • Hillyer McKeown Solicitors
  • Peter & Peters Solicitors LLP
  • Ashworths Solicitors LLP
  • 3volution Ltd
  • Luton Fawcett LLP
  • Newstead Walker Solicitors
  • LCF Law Limited
  • White & Case LLP
  • Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP
  • Jury O’Shea LLP
  • Yoon & Yang LLC (Seoul)
  • Harrowells Limited
  • Pavia e Ansaldo (Milan)
  • Turati & Villa (Milan)

One of our most successful collaborations was with Peter & Peter Solicitors and 39 Essex Chambers, where we ran an entirely remote virtual trial in the Technology and Construction Court

For more information, please click here: Virtual Trials & Remote Hearings – Barton Legal Solicitors in Leeds

39 Essex Chambers:

“Barton Legal is small but perfectly formed. Their team delivers a highly focused and niche service to those in the Property and Construction Industry. Client service is at the top of their agenda – they make it very personal and tailor it to the individual just as much as to the client organisation.”

Wilkin Chapman LLP:

“It is essential when referring work to other solicitors that those solicitors provide a standard of client service that is at least as good as the service we pride ourselves on providing to our clients. We are extremely pleased with the quality of advice and service we receive from Bill’s team. In particular, his work on construction law aspects of our high-profile office move been invaluable.”