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Why choose an English Law Firm?

Barton Legal specialises in all aspects of construction and engineering, both contentious and non-contentious. We regularly work for companies and law firms both nationally and internationally as their in-house construction team, either where they do not have a construction team, or where their workload necessitates external assistance.

We can work as part of a team or supervise more junior members, either remotely or in person. We understand the demands faced by you and your clients and will enhance your relationship, whether reporting directly to them or working under your instruction.

We can work in your office or at your client’s office or project site, bringing our experience from a multitude of projects and contracts, to ensure expert advice is delivered commercially, collaboratively and to pre-agreed times and budgets.

This may range from working with your commercial property team on a large non-contentious project, to helping you with specialist construction litigation, whether adjudication or perhaps international arbitration.

As a niche practice, we will look after you and your client and ensure we enhance your relationship with them.

How do we deal with non-contentious construction matters?

Barton Legal specialises in contact advice, drafting and negotiation, with particular expertise in energy projects such as wind, solar and biomass. We have advised in relation to many international projects and contracts, whether on FIDIC, NEC or more bespoke forms. We act for employers and project owners, and regularly assist in the early stages of projects.

Our experience and commercial approach make us ideal to help manage large projects on behalf of our clients where there are different consultants and contractors with multiple contracts and in different locations.

How do we advise on termination and repudiation?

Barton Legal regularly provides due diligence and red flag reports on project documentation. We understand the transfer of risk through a contract and take-over and acceptance issues. We draft and advise in relation to termination, repudiation, non-availability, performance and delay issues.

By working collaboratively with you, our contracts are stronger and more dynamic, as we understand technical issues and problems more deeply.

Above all we provide clarity, expert and commercial advice, with guidance in plain English.

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Frequently asked questions

Disputes come in all shapes and sizes and our experience of arbitration, litigation, adjudication and mediation, in England and overseas, ensures we have the expertise to understand the issues and advise on the best approach, whether bringing or defending claims.

Disputes frequently turn on fully understanding and interpreting the terms, liabilities and obligations that apply. Advising on technical issues such as pay less notices, frustration, delay and liquidated damages, which requires a detailed understanding of the law and contracts. We have experience in international arbitration under ICC rules or LCIA, as well as dispute boards, or simply assisting foreign law firms in general construction claims.

Litigation also requires the management of witnesses, experts and documents and we have an enviable track record, backed up by testimonials, to ensure we maximise your prospects of success.

Wherever your dispute is, whatever the form of contract, if it is written in English we can help. If English jurisdiction applies then we are essential.

Litigation in any form requires you to have rapid access to the very best counsel and experts across the globe and our contacts and connections ensure this will happen.

Our advice is dynamic and commercial, based on expertise and experience. A team working collaboratively and with great guidance is more likely to win.

Barton Legal provides specialist construction and engineering advice and assistance to other law firms that do not have this.

When faced with complex issues, either contentious and non-contentious, there may be a strong temptation for firms to try and deal with these issues themselves.

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.

Non-contentious construction may vary from JCT to FIDIC, and from issues such as repudiation to exclusion clauses. We have the expertise, knowledge and commercial acumen to help you. 

Moreover, firms should also be wary that their PI may not cover the work associated with areas not included within in their stated areas of expertise. Why take the risk when such matters can easily be referred?

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, financing and international contracts.

It is preferable for clients to be referred to a specialist that can expertly handle their matter, than receive advice which is perhaps unclear or confused. Our role is to enhance and bolster the advice you give.

Outsourcing the work is therefore beneficial to all parties involved. Barton Legal can assist in construction and engineering matters by being openly added to the process, working alongside your firm to assist your client.