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What does a construction lawyer do?

A construction lawyer work is a qualified legal practitioner involved in the legal and contractual elements concerning building and construction projects. Construction lawyers may specialise in either contentious or non-contentious aspects of construction law, while others may handle both areas. Construction lawyers may be involved in offering advice to organisations at various levels of the contracting chain including property developers, owners, tenants and contractors.

What skills do construction lawyers need?

Construction lawyers require a combination of legal expertise and specialised skills essential for handling the complexities of the construction industry. A commercial understanding of how different parts of a contract may affect contractors, sub-contractors, and consultants. Strong understanding of construction and real estate law is fundamental, encompassing contract law, building regulations, and construction dispute resolution. Excellent negotiation and communication skills are vital for dealing with various stakeholders, including clients, contractors, and regulatory bodies.

Analytical and problem-solving abilities are crucial when addressing construction disputes or compliance issues. Attention to detail is paramount for drafting and reviewing contracts, while adaptability is essential in navigating the evolving legal landscape of construction, including changes in regulations and industry practices. Additionally, a collaborative approach in working with other professionals such as engineers, architects, and surveyors is often required to provide comprehensive legal counsel in construction projects.

Where can I find jobs in construction and civil engineering?

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