Contracts and documentation

Concise, clear and watertight contracts are essential for the progress of any major construction or energy project. At Fenwick Elliott, we produce documents that cut to the heart of transactions, clearly allocating risks and responsibilities.

We deal with a full range of procurement and documentation tasks. From drafting project correspondence to negotiating complex agreements, our industry experience – and our extensive experience devising major business deals – means we can save you time and money, and safeguard you against possible pitfalls.

Only by understanding our clients’ commercial commitments and aims can we become a true partner and add maximum value, which is why we discuss projects in detail and encourage a relationship of open dialogue.

We can help with procurement strategies, contract negotiation, document appraisal and risk analysis, partnering and framework agreements, and facilities management – or anything else that would benefit from our specialist attention.

Following a project, we conduct full risk and project audits to assess which processes, if any, could be improved in the future. We can also provide a second opinion, or risk audit, on existing claims or disputes.

Our expertise extends far beyond our London base. Increasingly, we help clients succeed in the legislation-heavy environment of the European Union, navigating EU directives and publically funded tender processes.

Further afield, we have extensive experience across the Middle East (including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar) and the Caspian region states and we have also worked on significant projects in regions as diverse as North America, the Caribbean, India, Africa, the Far East and Australia.

An international mechanical engineering contractor sought help with the risk analysis of a complex JV contract to design, supply and build a new process plant – and eventually to extricate it from a lock-in pre-agreement when its full potential liabilities became clear.

Drafting and negotiating of a contract for the outsourcing of a University’s catering and hospitality services at various locations within the campus.

Acting on behalf of a major international EPC contractor during the tender and contract negotiation phase of a large-scale US$2.8 billion power and water project in the UAE and providing project support and claims advice on all legal issues arising during the design and construction phases of the project.

Advising a leading international contractor on contract negotiations in connection with the proposed development of the residential and commercial portion of a new city development.

Fenwick Elliott sparks an ethos of being clear, focused and entrepreneurial, not wasting time and going where it matters.
Chambers and Partners UK