Helping to build your future
Few would dispute the crucial importance of the construction industry to the UK economy. The construction solicitor team at Prettys in Chelmsford and Ipswich provides expert advice to this sector. Our construction lawyers have extensive knowledge of legal issues affecting this type of business.
From our homes and workplaces to the roads and railways that transport us, it is the construction sector that is a key facilitator and illustrator of growth whilst employing approximately 10% of the UK workforce and contributing almost £90 billion yearly to the UK economy.
From multiple reliable sources we now hear tales of the industry’s resurgence, with some even going so far as to warn that construction demand will rocket if the positive mood continues.
As work picks up and the green shoots of recovery establish themselves, give us the opportunity to show you what a trusted and valuable adviser we can be for your business.
Partner, Head of Construction & development
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"litigator Peter Blake, ... is recommended for his ‘balanced and realistic advice’"
Legal 500 2016
Peter joined Prettys in 1987, becoming a partner in 1991. He is an experienced construction lawyer with a bias towards contentious work. Peter has experience of advising on and drafting documentation on major projects and dispute resolution through negotiation, litigation, arbitration, adjudication and several forms of ADR.
Peter is involved in a number of industry groupings including Forum for the Built Environment, Interact (Suffolk branch) and sits on the Contractors’ Legal Group. Peter is a regular speaker on construction related topics to clients, invited and public audiences.
Recent work includes:
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Ian studied at Nottingham University and the College of Law, London, before qualifying as a solicitor in 1996. He worked in-house for a police force and two local authorities before joining Prettys in 2007. He was made an associate in 2008.
An experienced Construction lawyer, Ian advises main contractors, sub-contractors, employers and consultants in all aspects of construction disputes, from giving early intervention advice to prevent problems developing; through to resolving disputes via negotiation, mediation, expert determination, adjudication and litigation.
Ian also advises and represents clients in regulatory crime matters, including health and safety and environmental law investigations. Ian also advises public sector bodies and contractors on the application and interpretation of EU procurement rules and the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.
Ian's recent cases include:
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Legal 500 2016
A specialist in non-contentious commercial construction law, Rebecca's practice includes advising clients from all sectors of the industry on procurement strategy and implementation, project management and the drafting and negotiation of standard form and bespoke construction contracts including building/engineering contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, bonds/guarantees, framework agreements, development and funding agreements and all related documentation.
Rebecca studied at Leeds University and BPP Law School (London) before qualifying as a solicitor in 2006. She joined Prettys in 2013 from the market-leading construction practice at BLP in London where she had trained and qualified.
Rebecca’s most recent work includes advising:
Rebecca speaks regularly at Prettys' "Developers' Club" and "Business Academy" seminars. She writes frequently for "Construct", the monthly newsletter produced by Prettys' construction and development team, and she often delivers tailored training on specialist legal topics and their practical application to both client personnel and industry groups (including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the National Federation Builders).
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