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Construction and Engineering

Our experience in delivering real estate projects in Africa sets us apart: our lawyers include engineers and contract managers able to provide practical and commercially sound advice, adding real value. 

Our teams in Africa and around the world advise clients across the full construction lifecycle: from analyzing the risk profile of projects and selecting the right construction and delivery methods to negotiating contracts and providing high-quality project documents to help ensure completion on budget and on time. 

We work for clients in multiple sectors of the construction and engineering industry, including energy, infrastructure and development. We advise on all types of procurement methods, from commercial developments to major domestic, international, civil and process engineering projects. 

Local insights, international resources: with teams in 20 African countries, we offer a strong local presence backed by one of the world’s biggest law firms. Our lawyers understand the specific political, cultural, regulatory and economic issues that affect construction and engineering projects in this region. 

Our global Africa team comprises more than 200 lawyers in Johannesburg, Casablanca, London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing. We also draw on the multidisciplinary resources of a global practice of 200 construction and engineering lawyers, providing a fully integrated cross-border service for projects and activities that transcend national boundaries. 

Disputes are a fact of life in this industry. We help clients to avoid them by advising on potential issues at the earliest stages of a project. If a dispute does arise, our skilled lawyers who can manage all litigation, arbitration, adjudication and alternative dispute resolution processes. 

Key capabilities include: 

  • contracts and advisory – the key to legal risk management, minimizing the likelihood of disputes arising later
  • procurement, tendering and competition - drafting, negotiating and managing of alliancing and partnering arrangements
  • litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) - developing the appropriate course of action, including cost-effective methods to avoid protracted and costly proceedings
  • international arbitration - often the preferred route for large and complex cross-border construction disputes; we are familiar with all major institutions including ICC, AAA and LCIA and in UNCITRAL arbitrations

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives.