Our experienced social business solicitors provide support and advice to values-driven businesses on all aspects of development, construction and regeneration.
Our experienced social-business team uses their extensive sector knowledge and experience to work in partnership with social businesses to support them through development and construction projects, from identifying potential sites to completion of development and regeneration projects. Our development support services also cover advising values-driven businesses on repairs and maintenance of property.
We understand that our values-driven business clients may be taking on a role at any stage of the supply chain, including landowners looking to develop land or those who will ultimately be concerned with the new development for the long term.
The development and regeneration of local communities can have a positive impact on society and their communities, we help our clients to maximise the impact of their development and regeneration projects. We are the legal pioneers of securing community benefits through contracts and helped Chris White MP with the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.
Our leading work supporting public-sector clients in delivering social value means we are well-placed to help social-business organisations to achieve the same in their projects without unduly inflating contract prices.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors, we understand the diverse positions our clients can have in development and we can be involved in any stage of the process, including:
Development and regeneration
Providing strategic advice and guidance on all aspects of development and regeneration projects, including funding arrangements, development agreements, planning and highways agreements and ultimate disposal of the land.
Drafting and negotiating standard-form building contracts (e.g. JCT, NEC and PPC) and consultants’ appointments (e.g. RIBA, RICS, ACE and NEC) with bespoke amendments to reflect client's’ precise needs. Alternatively, we specialise in producing bespoke construction agreements where special project needs require a more flexible approach than can be delivered through one of the standard forms (e.g. contracts more achievable for SMEs)
Repairs and maintenance
Support throughout the full life-cycle of the building, including strategic advice for repairs and maintenance services, drafting and negotiating contracts (e.g. JCT, NEC, TPC, NHMF and bespoke) from low-value contracts to comprehensive maintenance contracts for large property portfolios. Support for in-house maintenance teams includes materials supply, ICT and vehicles contracts.
Procurement and state aid
Advising on procuring contracts for development, works, associated services and materials supply. We have specialist expertise in advising on procurements with wider considerations such as funders’ requirements, compliance with the public procurement regulations and State aid.
Providing training packages to help in-house teams understand their contracts and reduce the risk of disputes through effective contract management.
Working promptly and effectively with you during difficult times leading up to a contract termination, a procurement challenge or payment dispute. Our dispute resolution team has extensive experience of both procurement and construction disputes in the Technology and Construction Court, adjudications and mediation.
We can support and advise commercial businesses who are working with external suppliers, this can include tackling targeted recruitment and training, maximising opportunities for social enterprises and SMEs within the supply chain, environmental sustainability, supporting disadvantaged people, payment of the Living Wage and fair working conditions.
If you are a supplier, we will help you them to identify how you can achieve social value for your own public-sector clients so that you can demonstrate this through tender exercises or soft-market testing with a view to winning more work.
For further information on achieving social value through procurement of contracts see our earlier publications:
“Making the most of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015: A guide for social enterprises”, November 2015, written by our Mark Cook, Beulah Allaway and Martin Brown in conjunction with the Birmingham and Solihull Social Economy Consortium
“Social Value and Public Procurement – A Legal Guide”, January 2014, written by our Mark Cook, Gayle Monk and Beulah Allaway as a legal appendix to Richard Macfarlane’s report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, “Tackling Poverty with Public Procurement”. Note since the release of this guide, the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 have been superseded by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
Our team of development, construction and regeneration legal experts
We have a team who focus on development, construction and regeneration that would be happy to talk to you. For enquiries please contact property specialists: Dominic Curran or Alex Tindall, or for construction Richard Brooks or Beulah Allaway.
We have been recognised for the work we do
The Construction Leadership Council (the CLC) has released its new recovery plan for the UK construction sector - “Roadmap to Recovery”.
The Court of Appeal has delivered its verdict on a High Court decision that the Right to Rent scheme was discriminatory and in breach of the ECHR.
A recent case has confirmed that a professional appointment for construction will usually be a “construction contract” under the Construction Act.
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