Procurement Advice and Contract Drafting
We advise all parts of the supply chain on all methods of procurement, for example traditional, design & build, management contracting and EPC. We have worked on a wide range of projects in the construction and engineering sectors, from home building to nuclear power plants, and therefore have considerable expertise in the different procurement methods.
We also advise on public sector procurement in the post Brexit era, ie who is caught by the rules, what those rules are and what the contract sum thresholds are.
As well as procurement methods, we are experienced in drafting and negotiating all standard form domestic and international construction and engineering contracts, in particular JCT, NEC, IChemE, GC/Works, FIDIC, plus RIBA and RICS contracts and appointments. We understand the current contract suites and how to amend them to suit the circumstances of our client and the project.
Furthermore, we know how and when to use construction agreements in addition to the main construction contract. For example sub-contracts, consultant appointments, development agreements, funding agreements, insurance agreements, collateral warranties, novations, guarantees and bonds.
We also help clients draft and adapt Terms & Conditions, in particular suppliers.
Our approach to drafting and negotiating contracts is to tailor it to the needs of our client. We understand the need to be balanced in the number and types of amendments that one seeks to make to a contract. It is important to prioritise any changes and be clear with the client how to best manage the risk that is present on a given project. A contractor will not succeed at tender stage for example, if it seeks numerous changes that fundamentally alter the apportionment of risk.
Ridgemont’s team is made up of expert senior solicitors, all of whom previously worked in “Big Law” (i.e. the top 50 law firms in the UK).
We provide bespoke advice tailored to your needs. Our advice is commercial and pragmatic, enabling you to use it effectively to make business decisions.
We have an expert understanding of construction law. We can guide you through the maze of procurement advice and contract drafting.
We are user-friendly. Our lawyers speak in plain English, providing service levels akin to “Big Law”. We have built our processes to make onboarding as pain-free as possible. Our fee earner structure means that you have access to a partner-level solicitor at all times and they will always be on top of your matter.
We operate our business in an ethical way. That means we think about what the “right thing to do” is when making a business decision. As an example, we do not charge a default unit of time for incoming emails or letters as we think we ought to be paid for work done, not for merely receiving correspondence. We are also open and transparent on what we charge, meaning our clients never receive a surprising invoice.
We provide “Big Law” service levels and quality of advice, with expert senior solicitors providing commercial, pragmatic advice. Necessarily, that does not come cheap as we have to invest in great lawyers and everything they need to do their job. However, due to us having comparatively lower overheads to “Big Law” firms, we are able to charge less than they would for providing the same service levels and advice.
We are proactive in finding innovative ways to advise our clients in a cost proportionate way.
Who we act for?
We act for developers, contractors, sub-contractors, professionals and investors across a range of sectors from residential to retail.
Your journey with us
- Get in touch using the contact form below, calling us on 0203 909 9590 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- We guarantee that we will be in touch with you the same day to listen to your needs and to explain how we can help and the likely cost.
- Assuming you wish to engage us, we will then onboard you as a client, which normally takes a matter of hours.
- From there, you will be assigned an experienced solicitor who will have conduct of your matter from cradle to grave and be available to speak to you and responsive to emails at every juncture.
You can learn more about our journey by watching these videos.
KEY CONTACT: Tim Seal
Head of Construction