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Davies and Partners is recognised for commercial land acquisitions and consortium developments.

The Construction Unit team is:

Jan Grimshaw – Head of Construction Unit
Joanne Pritlove – Solicitor


In the Construction Unit, we act for a variety of clients including: leading national and regional housebuilders, commercial developers and private clients across a wide range of projects. Depending on clients’ requirements, we advise on all aspects of construction from negotiation of the building contract and appointments and, if there are funders, development or project agreements and security documents to management of completion of the project contracts.

Examples of projects include:


• Primary and secondary schools, some with community facilities

• Sports pavilion and community centre
• Retail park units
• Major redevelopment and refurbishment of a residential block of flats in a listed building in London
• Various infrastructure works including land remediation works, highways works and public open space projects
• Mixed private and affordable housing developments
• Care home and extra care apartments development
• Construction documents for Agreements for Lease for retail units
• Warranties for purchasers and tenants of retail units
• Novation documentation following insolvency of main contractor

• Public art works


Typical projects include:

Development agreement

Bespoke amendments to JCT forms of building contracts (including contractor, contractor’s professional team and sub-contractor warranties)


Contractor’s parent company guarantee/performance bond and professional consultant appointments (including novations and warranties).

The team also handles contentious matters, working closely with the property dispute resolution team. Construction disputes are often complex and high value and therefore expensive. We recognise that they are an unwelcome drain on clients’ time and resources and risk affecting commercial relationships, reputations and solvency.

We focus on establishing and narrowing the issues with a view to bringing disputes to a rapid and costs effective end. However, not all disputes can be settled without resort to proceedings and for most commercial construction contracts adjudication is available as well as litigation/arbitration and mediation. Whatever process we recommend to our clients or they are subjected to by opponents, we work to give clients a strong hand in advancing their cases and taking steps to protect their costs position.

Professional and approachable, we make sure the client’s priorities for the case are our priorities.

For further information about the firm please contact Jan Grimshaw on 01454 619619 or




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