HM Construction Club offers members a forum to connect with others in the industry.
Bringing you the latest insights in the construction industry.
Webinars & events to keep everyone connected.
We provide & offer more than just construction legal advice.
What is the construction club?
HM Construction Club offers members a forum to connect with others in the industry and share perspectives on relevant and contemporary topics affecting the construction and engineering sectors, within a relaxed and social environment.
Why not come along to our events and find out more about how HM Construction Club can help you expand your knowledge and grow your network?
The Members' Room, located on the HM Construction Club LinkedIn page, is an online hub which aims to keep you in touch with current issues that are important to you. Where the law affecting the construction industry is constantly evolving, regular news and updates will be uploaded to keep members abreast of latest developments in legislation and case law.
The Members' Room is also a place for you to share your own industry insights and knowledge for the benefit of other members. If you have something you want to share, including articles, on the Members' Room or comment on those posted by others in our LinkedIn group you can do so by viewing and requesting to join the page online here.
Construction law specialists
From its roots as a young and dynamic law firm, Harper Macleod has grown to become the 4th biggest Scottish independent legal firm.
The Harper Macleod Construction Team has also grown and is now one of the largest amongst Scottish firms. Whether we are working on large-scale construction projects throughout the UK, or acting for a local individual, we deploy the right people in our team to guarantee that work is always carried out at the right level, ensuring efficiency and economy.
We act for clients in both the public and private sectors, including Scottish Government, local authorities, social landlords, commercial developers, funders, contractors and consultants. This wide ranging client base allows us to appreciate the different perspectives, vested interests and requirements which apply to any project.
Why choose us?
Whilst specialist legal expertise is essential, a good understanding of the construction industry as it operates across all sectors of the economy is just as important so that legal solutions are practical and appropriate. Bolstered by long standing relationships with clients, consultants and key industry contacts, our Construction Team ensures that it keeps up to date with new developments, challenges and opportunities faced by the industry. Whether it be going out to site or simply taking time to develop a more technical understanding of the issues, we make sure that our advice to clients takes account of the practical challenges they face and the commercial reality of their circumstances.
We pride ourselves on our client focused approach. We are friendly and approachable with a “can-do” attitude, which means you get the right people who go out of their way to help and who you’ll enjoy doing business with.
Our team provides contract drafting, negotiation and review services for employers, contractors, consultants and funders in relation to the following:
- Industry standard form contracts including SBCC, JCT, NEC, FIDIC, IChemE
- Bespoke amendments to the standard forms
- Contract review to identify tender risk for contractors
- To ensure security for performance for employers and their funders
- Appointments of consultants on bespoke or professional body terms (RIAS, RICS, ACE)
- Ancillary documents including performance guarantees, novation agreements, collateral warranties, vesting agreements and letters of reliance
These services are provided for projects across all sectors of all sizes and complexity including:
- Public projects for offices, schools, care homes and other public buildings as well as roads and infrastructure;
- Commercial projects for the development of hotels, retail, office and industrial premises;
- Residential housing developments for private and public sector housebuilders
Our breadth of expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters means that our Construction Team can offer a full range of advice and representation – be it at adjudication, arbitration, mediation or court.
We provide dispute resolution services to a wide range of key contributors to the construction industry; from small sub-contractors to large housing associations and major developers. By regularly providing advice on the management and resolution of contentious issues from an early stage, we work closely alongside our clients throughout the course of a construction project, to ensure that works progress as smoothly as possible.
We provide a joined up approach to disputes by working closely with our colleagues in Infrastructure & Projects and Real Estate, of whom have close working relationships with leading operators in Scotland’s property and construction industry. Often, the nature of these disputes gives rise to the need to work alongside the insurers who underwrite these claims, meaning that we are acutely aware of the value and importance in continually assessing prospects of success, identifying the best method of recovery and recognising potential scope for settlement.
Key areas of dispute management and resolution include:
- Professional negligence
- Contract analysis and interpretation