Contracts and documentation

Concise, clear and watertight contracts are essential for the progress of any major construction or energy project. At Fenwick Elliott, we produce documents that cut to the heart of transactions, clearly allocating risks and responsibilities.

We deal with a full range of procurement and documentation tasks. From drafting project correspondence to negotiating complex agreements, our industry experience – and our extensive experience devising major business deals – means we can save you time and money, and safeguard you against possible pitfalls.

Only by understanding our clients’ commercial commitments and aims can we become a true partner and add maximum value, which is why we discuss projects in detail and encourage a relationship of open dialogue.

We can help with procurement strategies, contract negotiation, document appraisal and risk analysis, partnering and framework agreements, and facilities management – or anything else that would benefit from our specialist attention.

Following a project, we conduct full risk and project audits to assess which processes, if any, could be improved in the future. We can also provide a second opinion, or risk audit, on existing claims or disputes.

Our expertise extends far beyond our London base. Increasingly, we help clients succeed in the legislation-heavy environment of the European Union, navigating EU directives and publically funded tender processes.

Further afield, we have extensive experience across the Middle East (including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar) and the Caspian region states and we have also worked on significant projects in regions as diverse as North America, the Caribbean, India, Africa, the Far East and Australia.

Fenwick Elliott provided legal advice to a property developer embarking on a mixed use £8m housing project, in particular in relation to the possible compliance risks under the design and build contract.

Acting in conjunction with local co-counsel on behalf of the state owned employer on a Euros 1 billion metro project part-funded by the European Investment Bank.

Advising a contractor working on a new swimming centre on NEC3 fixed price and target-cost subcontract forms.

Fenwick Elliott has an ongoing agreement with a major retailer to help its legal team with all property matters – fit-outs, remedial works, upgrades and new builds as well as advising on due diligence, revising standard construction documents and resolving disputes.

Fenwick Elliott sparks an ethos of being clear, focused and entrepreneurial, not wasting time and going where it matters.
Chambers and Partners UK