Construction law


Construction projects are governed by a combination of legislation, regulations and case law. The primary legal foundation of any construction agreement will be the written contract. All legal rights and responsibilities for a construction project flow from that contract.

In addition to the general common law principles of contract law, legislation may apply to unfair construction contracts, including the Unfair Contract Terms Act (1977) and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations (1999).

On top of the contract, health and safety considerations are another major legal aspect of construction projects. Building regulations, as provided for under the Building Act 1984 and the Building Regulations 2000, cover things such as the building structure, fire safety and providing for appropriate sound resistance, ventilation, hygiene, damp resistance, drainage and waste disposal, electrical safety.

Every construction project must also comply with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994. Insurance and indemnity are a related matter.

The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill aims to improve the operation of construction contracts, particularly with regards to cash flow and adjudication, but is not yet in force.

You can find information on these aspects under the following sections:

  • Contracts
  • Claims
  • Disputes
  • General Information

The general information section covers related aspects such as:

  • Building regulations
  • Health and safety obligations
  • Planning permissions
  • Insurance and indemnity
  • The law of tort and negligence

If you would like to obtain expert legal advice on construction law, then Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local specialist solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 162.

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