'knowledgeable operator' - Chambers Europe (2021)

‘one of the best practices in the country’ - The Legal 500 (2020)

RDJ’s dedicated construction practice is focused on driving projects forward and resolving any obstacles quickly and efficiently.

Our team is comprised of a number of highly focused lawyers who are recognised leaders in their field and have considerable experience and knowledge of procurement, construction, dispute avoidance and resolution and collaborating with technical advisors.  We advise clients on all aspect of construction and infrastructure projects, managing complex transactions related to education, hospitality, office, retail, industrial and residential developments. Our team includes experienced construction and procurement solicitors and an in-house construction consultant – a combination that allows us to provide unique expertise in the interface between technical and legal issues on construction and infrastructure matters. We provide practical and commercially focused advice to clients, focusing on problem solving and risk mitigation. We also advise on contentious issues and construction disputes, including adjudication and conciliation.

Our services include advice on:

  • Building and engineering contracts (eg FIDIC, NEC, RIAI, Public Works)
  • Collateral warranties and bonds
  • Contract preparation and negotiations
  • Contractual claims
  • Development agreements
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Dispute resolution (adjudication, conciliation, arbitration) and avoidance
  • Health and safety
  • Project insurance
  • Public procurement issues
  • Public private partnerships
  • Regulation
  • Risk analysis and management

Significant Appointments – Advised on

  • Development of Navigation Square, which includes four signature buildings and 310,000 sq ft of fourth generation office space in Cork City, designed to Gold LEED standards.
  • Haulbowline Island East Tip Remediation Project, which involved enabling works and remediation works at the site of the former steel works on Haulbowline Island, Cork.
  • Construction and letting of the largest airport hangar in Europe.
  • Drafting of the Engineering Procurement Contract (“EPC”) based on an amended form of FIDIC for the design supply and installation of wind turbines, civil and electrical works, performance security documents, collateral agreements and operation and maintenance contract.
  • Hospital projects involving preparing and negotiating the construction contracts and the design team appointments, performance security documents and collateral agreements.
  • Public body on a €40M affordable purchase housing scheme.
  • Kilkenny Abbey Quarter on the development of the 16 acre Smithwicks Brewery Site in Kilkenny town centre.
  • Contractor claims relating to waste water projects and industrial infrastructure. 
  • Finola McCarthy is described by one cilent as having a 'great depth of experience' and by another as a 'knowledgeable operator' – Chambers Europe 2021
  • Clients praise Alison Bearpark for her 'excellent manner' and for being able to 'translate legal text into an understandable language for her clients' – Chambers Europe 2021
  • 'efficient and reliable' – Chambers Europe 2021
  • "straightforward and practical advice"  – Chambers Europe 2021
  • ‘in the construction law field, RDJ are one of the best practices in the country ’ – The Legal 500 (2020)
  • 'clear, concise advice, and go the distance to get the results we require.’ – The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘strong on interpersonal skills and solutions orientated’ – The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘accessible and eager to get the job done.’ – The Legal 500 (2020) 
  • “impressive results." Chambers Europe 2020

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