Construction Law

Carson McDowell has one of the very few truly specialist and dedicated construction teams in Northern Ireland. The team has been established for many years and has a genuine capacity for and expertise in both contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering work and can advise on the full spectrum of construction activities. Members of the team have experience in advising clients on projects as far afield as South-East Asia, Southern and Central Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, as well as closer to home in England, the Republic of Ireland and of course, all parts of Northern Ireland. The team regularly acts for employers, main contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, insurers and funders.

We have a comprehensive knowledge of Northern Ireland’s construction and engineering industry and have been involved in most of the major construction projects in Northern Ireland in recent years.

What We Do

  • Procurement procedures, compliance and challenges
  • Tender analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Drafting and negotiating construction contracts based on all of the major standard forms (e.g. NEC, JCT, ICC, GC/Works, FIDIC, RIBA, ACE etc.)
  • Performance bonds and guarantees
  • Framework agreements
  • Consultant appointments
  • Collateral warranties
  • Project advice
  • Adjudication
  • Mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration under the rules of all the major arbitral institutions, as well as under "ad hoc" procedures
  • Northern Ireland High Court & County Court litigation

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2019

What the team is known for

Expert construction department noted for its handling of matters across Northern Ireland. Areas of particular strength include construction projects in the energy, ports and social housing sectors. Recently involved in a number of key matters relating to the hotel industry and the field of education.

Work highlight

Assisted Belfast Harbour Commissioners with the City Quays development, including the drafting of contracts and resolving disputes related to the second phase of the project.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Murphy has a wide-ranging construction practice, covering both non-contentious and contentious work. He has particular expertise in the social housing field as well as general public works. "He's very good: he has a lot of experience in the construction sector", report market insiders.

The Legal 500 2018

What the team is known for

Carson McDowell’s construction team is well known for its strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters and for its solid client base of Northern Ireland-based contractors. Port, education, housing, energy and hotel projects are notable areas of instruction for the group.

Work highlights

Advising the Belfast Harbour Commissioners on the construction of the third phase of the City Quays project, as well as assisting the client with the contractual arrangements for the fourth phase of the project.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Murphy is the practice head.

Significant clients

McAleer & Rushe, NIE Networks and Southern Regional College.