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Construction Contracts, Procurement and Documentation

All too often the terms and conditions of construction contracts are only considered when a dispute has arisen. Commercial realities, particularly in a recession, mean that unintended risk is often accepted by a party who had no intention of assuming such risk. The financial consequences of not vetting contract terms can be immense.

Matthew Dillon has significant experience of the Built Environment, having drafted and negotiated contracts and appointments for employers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants, with contract sums ranging from a few thousand to tens of millions of pounds.

Operational PFI and Other Construction Contracts

Matthew also has extensive knowledge of drafting and negotiating construction contracts and subcontracts procured under Project Finance, e.g. PFI and PPP and indeed has presented full day seminars for the Construction Study Centre on Operational PFI.

Amendments and Updates to the Construction Acts

Matthew has presented seminars on the new 2011 amendments to the Housing, Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 which is of particular significance now that it applies to all construction contracts and not those just in writing.

Contractors need to fully appreciate the impact of the Construction Act and indeed the scheme for construction contracts as they will all imply terms into their construction contracts in the event that their terms and conditions do not comply with the applicable regulations and law.

Our Experience of Construction Contracts and Documentation includes:

  • Amendments to Standard Forms, e.g. JCT, NEC, ACA
  • Drafting back to back Subcontracts
  • Preliminary Works Contracts
  • Letters of Intent
  • Design Appointments, e.g. Architects, M&E Engineer, Structural Engineer
  • Collateral Warranties
  • Direct Agreements
  • Adjudication Procedures
  • Novation and Assignment Deeds
  • Facility Management Contracts
  • Bidding/Collaboration Agreements
  • Performance Bonds
  • Parent Company Guarantees
  • Interface Agreements
  • Parallel Loan Agreements
  • Licences


Matthew Dillon, the Principal of MJD Solicitors, Brentwood  has worked on construction contracts and disputes ranging from £10,000 to in excess of £4 million.

Matthew can be contacted here.