Environmental risks facing construction projects can lead to significant financial losses. Protecting yourself from the unpredictability associated with environmental risks is a key factor that should be considered in the initial stages of any project. Our lawyers have significant experience in mitigating risks and finding solutions to help clients achieve their objectives.
Construction projects are large undertakings that can take up a considerable amount of time and money. Based in Halifax – Dartmouth, our team of lawyers is experienced in assisting clients throughout Atlantic Canada from the start of construction through to the completion of the project. Having dealt with projects of all sizes and scope, we are well positioned to understand the issues that will affect the success of a project. We can assist you in the initial project biddings, negotiation, agreements and contracts.
With experience spanning both litigious and non-contentious work, we offer a proactive solution driven approach ensuring clients have trusted advisers throughout the duration of their project.
How We Can Help
We act on behalf of developers, investors, contractors and consultants in the public and private construction projects. We advise on the many different aspects of the construction process including:
- Contract negotiation
- Government policy and regulations
- Preparation of agreement and contract documents
- Project financing and structure
- Public-private partnership
- Risk assessment and management
- Tender/RFP process and evaluation
Construction touches on many different areas of law. With a well established track record we leverage our in-house experience with local knowledge to ensure project success.
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Areas of Focus
Environmental Risk Management
First Nations Representation
Our lawyers understand the needs and objectives of all parties affected by a construction project. We assist our clients in building strong working relationships with aboriginal communities in order to effectively communicate on project approval processes and to ensure successful construction.
We have considerable experience in assisting clients in navigating through the complexities of government policies and regulations. That includes knowing both the authority and the limitations of decision-makers at every level, being aware of the pressures they are under, and anticipating both direct and indirect consequences of a range of possible actions.
International Joint Ventures
International joint ventures are a common method for gaining entrance into foreign markets but they also involve a complex range of legal issues. International joint ventures are subject to international trade laws in addition to the laws that govern the foreign country. Our team advises clients on the complex business, legal and tax implications that should be addressed at the outset of planning such an activity.
Oil & Gas Infrastructure Development
Successful and efficient infrastructure development hinges on a well executed strategy. We have acted on behalf of businesses involved in exploration, development and other major projects including pipeline creation. We have the knowledge and experience in providing advice to clients regarding the potential for oil and gas development as well as the difficulties in realizing that potential in our region.
Public Private Partnerships
Public Private Partnerships (PPP) have become a common structure for public infrastructure. PPP arrangements can be long-term and complex, with that parties involved need to be aware of the agreement and rights and obligations throughout the duration of the project. We have acted on behalf of clients in the public and private sectors including governments, health authorities, lenders and construction companies with all aspects relating to PPP arrangements.