Construction Law

Carson McDowell has one of the very few truly specialist and dedicated Construction teams in Northern Ireland. The team has been established for many years and has a genuine capacity for and expertise in both contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering work and can advise on the full spectrum of construction activities. Members of the team have experience in advising clients on projects as far afield as South-East Asia, Southern and Central Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, as well as closer to home, in England, the Republic of Ireland and, of course, all parts of Northern Ireland. The team regularly acts for Employers, Main Contractors, Sub-Contractors, Consultants, Insurers and Funders.

We have a comprehensive knowledge of Northern Ireland’s construction and engineering industry and have been involved in most of the major construction projects in Northern Ireland in recent years.

Key Contacts

Stuart Murphy, Partner, Head of Construction Team

Neil Allsopp, Associate, Construction Team

What We Do

We act for clients at all stages of the construction process, from the initial procurement and contract drafting advice, through the carrying out of the construction works to, where necessary, the resolution of disputes. Our expertise includes:

  • Procurement procedures, compliance and challenges
  • Tender analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Drafting and negotiating construction contracts based on all of the major standard forms (e.g. NEC, JCT, ICC, GC/Works, FIDIC, RIBA, ACE etc.)
  • Performance bonds and guarantees
  • Framework agreements
  • Consultant appointments
  • Collateral warranties
  • Project advice
  • Adjudication
  • Mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration under the rules of all the major arbitral institutions, as well as under "ad hoc" procedures
  • Northern Ireland High Court & County Court litigation

What Others Say About Us

​Chambers and Partners UK 2016 (Band 1)

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for

Leading practice with expertise in energy, ports, education and social housing. Regularly acts for large contractors amongst other clients.

Work highlights

Acted for Belfast Harbour Commissioners on the financing and structuring of the development of the harbour.

Advised Green Pastures Church on professional appointments for the upcoming multi-purpose development of a 97-acre site.

Notable practitioners

Department head Stuart Murphy "has a strong reputation and a track record going back 20 years," according to one source. He acts on contentious and non-contentious matters on a regional, national and international basis.

Significant clients

John Graham Construction, Gilbert-Ash, McLaughlin & Harvey, Northstone, J H Turkington & Sons.

The Legal 500 2016 (First Tier)

What the team is known for

Leading practice with expertise in energy, ports, education and social housing. Regularly acts for large contractors amongst other clients.

Work highlights

Acted for Belfast Harbour Commissioners on the financing and structuring of the development of the harbour.

Advised Green Pastures Church on professional appointments for the upcoming multi-purpose development of a 97-acre site.

Notable practitioners

Department head Stuart Murphy "has a strong reputation and a track record going back 20 years," according to one source. He acts on contentious and non-contentious matters on a regional, national and international basis.

Significant clients John Graham Construction, Gilbert-Ash, McLaughlin & Harvey, Northstone, J H Turkington & Sons.

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