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alexhs@standish-associates.com

 

I act for all those involved in the construction process - from clients and employers to main contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants.


As a construction professional and past owner of a main contracting business I have considerable experience in employing lawyers. I therefore know the importance of establishing from the outset exactly what the client wants to achieve so that I can then best advise on the strategy necessary to achieve the client's aims.


Non-contentious law

Disputes are bad for business, and the best way to avoid disputes is to make sure that the contract or agreement entered into accurately reflects what the parties want to achieve and identifies and apportions the risks as intended. More...


Unfortunately, it is very common for professionals as well as lay clients to ignore or brush over this crucial phase, namely making sure that the contract or agreement is complete, accurate, suitable and executed. There is an understandable but mistaken desire to focus on the intended works rather than the paperwork. However, care and attention at this stage pays enormous dividends, and dispute avoidance is considerably cheaper than dispute resolution.


Using both my legal skills, and my experience in construction operations to identify the likely or possible problems which can arise, I draft bespoke contracts and sub-contracts for clients, check and negotiate amendments made to 'standard form' contracts and advise on a range of commercial documents (including letters of intent, collaboration agreements, acceleration agreements, collateral warranties and consultant engagements).


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Dispute resolution

Problems arise in construction works, sometimes even in the best run and organised projects. Mistakes can be made in the design of the works or in the quality of workmanship or materials used, and products can simply be defective. The completion of the project can be delayed as a result, or for any number of other reasons. Given the high costs involved, and the often enormous cost consequences of a delayed handover, effective dispute resolution is an essential service. More...


FEE STRUCTURE

Fees are charged for work undertaken on an hourly basis. Mr Standish's current hourly rate is £300.00 per hour plus VAT. Any work undertaken by a Trainee or Para Legal is charged at £50.00 per hour plus VAT. By prior agreement, a Fixed Fee can be set where there is a defined scope of work.


COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

Standish Associates takes any complaints or concerns from clients seriously. In the first instance such concerns or complaints should be addressed to Alex Standish in writing setting out the detail of the concern or complaint. A written response will be provided within 14 days from the date of receipt of the written concern or complaint. Insofar as further information is requested and provided, then a further written response will be provided within a further 14 days from receipt of the same. More...