If you're involved in a construction project, then you'll want to make sure that you have legal representation. You might need legal advice with building regulations, negotiating with other parties, financial aspects of the build, and dispute resolution.
Here are 10 things to look for when choosing a construction solicitor
1. Make sure that you choose a specialist solicitor with a suitable knowledge of the construction industry. The firm of solicitors you're considering might have a great reputation dealing with family law or criminal law, but construction law is very different again.
2. Find out whether your chosen solicitors have had experience with your sort of project. Have they represented all parties involved in a hotel or shopping construction project, or only in much smaller residential builds?
3. Have they represented different parties such as architects, builders, and financial backers for many years? Or do they only usually represent one area of construction?
4. They will be expected to represent you during all aspects of the build, from the pre planning stage through to completion and beyond. What sort of issues do they usually have to deal with?
5. Good negotiating skills are a pre requisite of a good construction solicitor, so see if you can find out examples when your prospective solicitor was involved in successful negotiations.
6. The right construction solicitor will have an excellent knowledge of the latest building regulations and laws, and how they affect building projects like yours.
7. Do they seem organised and punctual? Are they efficient? If they don't seem to be punctual or efficient when they meet you, what will they be like if they represent you?
8. You'll need to know that you can trust them to represent you in court, or if there are any conflicts or disputes that need resolving.
9. You'll have to get on with them, and feel like you have a rapport with them and trust their judgement. After all, they will be representing you, and your business, as well as your reputation and livelihood. If you don't get on with them face to face, are they really the right legal representatives for you?
10. Do you choose a smaller local solicitor, so that is much easier fro you to stay informed of the progress, and be made aware of any issues that might affect the project? Or do you choose a dedicated firm of construction solicitors who have the skills and experience you need to make your project a success, and deliver on budget and on time?
Now you know the importance of having the right legal representation for your building project, make sure you choose the right construction solicitors.