Construction

The volume of construction output worldwide is forecasted to grow 85% by 2030. Those within the construction industry will need to take bold decisions to invest in relationships, technology and talent to ensure full advantage is taken of the opportunities available.

Playing a part in evolving a city’s landscape, connecting people with infrastructure or redeveloping an aging building can bring great satisfaction and reputation to an individual or organisation. We ensure you’re provided with proactive, commercial and pragmatic advice in order to reach successful project outcomes.

Negotiating for you

Our clients range from successful individuals, investors and trustees to developers, major retailers and charities.

Whether a project is commercial, residential or not for profit, the drafting and negotiation of contracts to meet your specific needs is vital to ensure successful delivery. Our focus is on identifying your priorities and negotiating the best outcome for you.

Guiding you from dispute to resolution

Disputes can often delay a construction project and prevent you from achieving your aims.

Whether you are bringing or defending claims, there are many ways for a dispute to be resolved. We understand our client’s objectives in order to devise a strategy that achieves these aims. Through adjudication, arbitration, court proceedings, mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution, we will guide you every step of the way.

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Recognition

Ranked in Band 2 for Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Leading individual for real estate: high value residential

Ranked Tier 1 for agriculture and estates

Clients

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We have benefitted from Withers’ construction team’s assistance on a number of our projects.  The team understand the range of issues we face and provide valuable advice on how we can minimise risk when negotiating our appointment and payment terms, as well as compliance with our PI insurance requirements.  We recommend them for their broad industry knowledge and responsive client service.

Alexander Hellyer - Child Graddon Lewis
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The team is an indispensable advisor to us, providing us with a full legal assessment of new project opportunities, and spotting issues before they arise.  They are attentive, give swift and effective advice, and prioritise our needs.

Cynthia Loh - DB&B Pte Ltd
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The firm has been a companion of reliable assurance and counsel for the journey!

Woon Mun Ying - Evangel Family Church
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The assistance of the team has been very valuable in helping us to maintain our strong global reputation for supplying high quality heavy machinery parts. 

Ng Yok Soem - Kian Ann Engineering Pte Ltd
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The team provide us with reliable, responsive legal advice on many of our construction contracts.  The team’s long experience of working at all levels in the industry (from specialist trades through to funders) means that there are few situations they haven’t dealt with, and they consider all aspects of each situation to ensure that their advice is both comprehensive and commercial.

Emma Barnard - Apex Lifts
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We have benefitted from Withers’ commercial expertise in the sports sector. The team have also played an important role in advising on our new stadium and training ground plans, helping to inform and shape our successful strategy.

Mark Donnelly - Queens Park Rangers

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Track record

€123.5 million loan to finance a hydroelectric power plant

We represented a multilateral agency on a €123.5 million loan to Hrvatska Elektroprivreda DD to finance the construction of a 68MW Ombla hydroelectric power plant at the Rijeka Dubrovacka Bay near Dubrovnik.

Construction and funding arrangements for rural anaerobic digestion facilities

We advised two developers in connection with their construction and funding arrangements for rural anaerobic digestion facilities. Both contracts required the preparation and negotiation of bespoke EPC contract terms, direct agreements and other supporting documents.

International school in Singapore

We acted for a bank in the financing to an international school in Singapore for the construction of an additional building to its existing campus.

SG$98 million construction project

For the construction of a 17 story complex, we acted for a bank in Singapore in the grant of banking facilities of up to SG$98 million.

SGD$87.56 million state land acquisition

We acted for an international school in the financing of SG$87.56 million from DBS to acquire state land, and construct and develop a new school building in Singapore.

Great Ormond Street Hospital re-development

The construction team have been heavily involved in all phases of the development finance and re-development of Great Ormond Street Hospital. The redevelopment will exceed £300 million

Soho House and Sydell Group

The Soho House & Co founder Nick Jones has described The Ned in the City of London, a joint venture with Sydell Group, as his 'blockbuster'. We are advising on the redevelopment and fit-out of a landmark listed building which is to include 252 bedrooms; 9 restaurants; bars everywhere from the underground vaults to the rooftop; a health spa and gym; and a private members’ club.

Negligence claim for misadvised property deal

When a property developer discovered that it did not have full rights of access to a development site it was acquiring, it turned to us for assistance, and we have represented it in a negligence claim against its former solicitor.

Extensive refurbishment of a listed property in exclusive London location

We advised a high net worth family on the extensive refurbishment of a listed property in an exclusive London location. The scheme needed a change of direction and management to best achieve the family’s aspirations for the property. Working closely with the professional team, a project support service is being provided in addition to contract drafting and negotiation.

Commercial development activities of a Family Office in London

We supported the commercial development activities of a Family Office active in London and the regions, and advised on procurement issues, funding requirements, institutionally acceptable delivery documentation and the construction aspects of property acquisitions and disposals.

New York construction/permanent financing

Structured and implemented investment and operating vehicles, as well as arranged for construction/permanent financing, for international boutique hotel, restaurant private club, and spa in New York City.

Marriott International management and related agreement negotiations for the Ritz Carlton in Perth

We advised Marriott International on its negotiations with Far East Consortium in relation to its management and related agreements for the new-build 204 room Ritz Carlton in Perth. This was the first Ritz Carlton hotel announced in Australia after a 15 year absence for the brand.

Disposal of entire issued share capital and assignment of shareholder’s loan to Baldric Investments Limited

We represented a real estate company specializing in residential, hotel/serviced apartments, retail, industrial, and office premium properties in Hong Kong and Shanghai, in relation to the disposal of the entire issued share capital and assignment of shareholder’s loan of Bentley Investments Limited holding a whole block of prestigious building in the southern part of Hong Kong Island known as No. 3 South Bay Close to Baldric Investments Limited, a subsidiary of National Electronics Holdings Limited. This matter is regarded as a major transaction under the Listing Rules of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the consideration is around HK$668 million.

India Ukraine arbitration

The awarding of an infrastructure contract in Ukraine to an Indian infrastructure company led us to work on an arbitration to deal with a dispute regarding the contract.

HK$668 million disposal and reassignment of prestigious real estate on Hong Kong Island

We represented a real estate company specializing in premium properties in Hong Kong and Shanghai. We acted in relation to the disposal of the entire issued share capital and assignment of the shareholder’s loan of Bentley Investments Limited, holding an extensive building in Hong Kong Island (known as No. 3 South Bay Close), to Baldric Investments Limited (a subsidiary of National Electronics Holdings Limited). This matter is regarded as a major transaction under the Listing Rules of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the consideration is around HK$668 million.

HK$400 million disposal of luxury property in Hong Kong

We acted for a real estate developer on the disposal of its luxury residential property project in Kowloon Tong for a consideration of more than HK$400 million.

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