ENSafrica’s construction and engineering department is a specialised cradle-to-grave service, offering comprehensive legal and strategic advice from project inception to completion.
We offer tailor-made support to address our clients’ needs, from developing procurement strategies and providing procurement regulatory advice, to offering in-depth analysis and allocation of construction risk, through construction, operation and maintenance, including dispute avoidance and dispute resolution.
We focus on delivering practical, commercial solutions and we understand the fine line between legal certainty and commercial reality when drafting and negotiating your contracts.
Although we understand that disputes cannot always be avoided in construction projects, one of our key objectives is dispute avoidance. Our clients benefit from our practitioners’ exceptional understanding of risks associated with construction projects and we are able to identify, allocate and minimise these risks. We further minimise risk through ENSafrica’s ‘one firm’ philosophy, which leverages the full skill set of our different departments and offices across the continent, resulting in fast turnaround times and the most cost-effective solutions for our clients.
our services include:
- compiling and reviewing Requests for Proposals
- drafting and negotiating a wide range of construction and engineering contracts, including the suite of FIDIC, NEC3, JBCC, PROCSA and bespoke contracts
- advising on rights, risks, obligations and remedies related to the abovementioned contracts
- advising on contract administration
- professional appointments
- representation in mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation
We represent various role players involved in construction projects, including employers, developers, financial institutions, contractors, project managers, mining companies, design professionals, end users, and service and technology providers.
Our department’s capabilities were summed up by the Chambers Global Guide 2013 as:
- “This impressive practice offers a diverse range of construction expertise. Its workload includes both front-end matters and disputes, and the team often advises on contract negotiation, due diligence and ongoing operation and maintenance issues. They're very proactive in engaging with us on issues affecting the industry, educating us on developments and giving us trend analysis."
The department was again recognised in the Chambers Global Guide 2015:
- "They're ready to help and eager to assist, and the turnaround time is very impressive."
In addition, The Legal 500 2015 said this of the construction and engineering department:
- “ENSafrica … handles an impressive mix of contentious and non-contentious work for national and international clients.”