Construction Sub-contracts


We offer practical, tailored advice on all aspects of construction sub-contracts, including negotiation, drafting and dispute resolution.

We understand that time can be of the essence where works are unfinished or there are penalty clauses to consider. We also appreciate that costs are a major issue in contemplating litigation, and we have a thorough knowledge of the steps that can be taken to resolve problems before a dispute reaches court.

Free Initial Discussion

For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on +44 (0) 203 909 9590 or email us at contactus@ridgemont.co and a member of our commercial construction team will get back to you.

Sub-contracts

Sub-contracts are an effective way of delegating contractual obligations to a third party, however, the main contractor remains liable for the performance of the main contract. The main contractor is therefore liable for any default in performance by the sub-contractor.

In the construction industry, the parties to the main contract will make express provision to ensure that the customer acquires directly enforceable rights against sub-contractors, typically by means of collateral warranties and express third party rights.

Different types of subcontracts

There are two main types of sub-contract:

  • The back-to-back agreement.
  • The "stand-alone" sub-contract.

Our approach is to work closely with your team to advise on sub-contracts and any disputes. That may be by assisting a contractor in the tender process, drafting sub-contracts and amendments to the standard forms, advising contractors and sub-contractors on various issues.

We regularly advise on the risk profiles of various sub-contracts and can work with you to review and draft sub-contracts to suit your requirements and to achieve your aims, whether your priorities are in relation to quality, price or programme.

We often act for sub-contractors on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

We also have extensive experience of tendering processes and can advise on advance orders, letters of intent, collateral warranties, third party rights and security documentation

Disputes

If a dispute arises either during the project or after its completion, we are able to provide expert advice and assistance. In the first instance it is wise to try and resolve matters by negotiation wherever possible, however, sometimes disputes cannot be avoided. The choice of legal proceedings will typically depend on the terms of the relevant contract. Each matter will be extensively examined and our recommendations will depend on the most advantageous assessment of the situation.

Why Choose Us

Our style is to be proactive and work with you to achieve your objectives. Our depth and breadth of expertise enable us to add value by making sure contracts and agreements are dealt with in the most robust manner.

We aim to work with you to help to deliver your projects successfully and efficiently and to resolve disputes as swiftly as possible. Whether you want general advice or strong action, we have the knowledge and experience to help you in the most effective way.

We are able to clearly explain the legal issues and provide you with expert advice in your specific circumstances.

How to Get in Contact

For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on +44 (0) 203 909 9590 or email us at contactus@ridgemont.co and a member of our commercial construction team will get back to you.

We specialise in construction law and real estate matters and have an excellent reputation across the country. We can assist wherever you are in the based and have offices in central London.