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Last edited 01 Aug 2019
In the UK, construction is a continuous activity employing millions of people and encompassing a myriad of conditions. Things can go wrong and sometimes guidance from construction lawyers is necessary.
A lawyer is a person with suitable qualifications to enable them to provide legal advice and and legal services. Solicitors and barristers are both types of lawyer. A construction lawyer specialises in the legal aspects of the construction industry. This specialisation may cover a broad area or be concentrated on one specific aspect, such as contract law, defects liability, delay claims and so on.
Although regarded as a sub-branch of general law, construction law is now a specialised area and a discipline in its own right. Most people requiring legal advice in construction would probably seek the services of a construction lawyer rather than a general, ‘all-purpose’ lawyer.
Construction law deals with all legal matters appertaining to the construction industry including building construction, design, infrastructure, finance and so on. A large part of construction law relates to contract law, but it also encompasses other areas such as planning law, commercial law, employment law, negligence, tresspass, nuisance and so on.
Legal practices specialising in construction typically deal with a large variety of subject matter such as drafting of construction contracts, arbitration, disputes, defective design or construction, claims and so on.
For more information see: Construction law.
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