We provide project, contract and dispute resolution services.

Legal services for the development and construction industry

Our experienced construction team delivers robust effective advice across the full range of legal services required by the development and construction industry and the public sector.

Contractor insolvency

As contractor insolvencies are likely to increase in 2018/2019, how can an employer protect its position at the start of a project and when contractor insolvency occurs?

Contractor insolvency: be prepared

Payment in construction contracts: Construction Act 1996

How can a contractor protect itself against employer insolvency?

Advisory and Contracting Services

Shulmans provide construction advisory and contracting support to ensure the right contractual arrangements are in place from the start of projects. We provide risk management and contracting guidance aimed at avoiding unnecessary later disputes. We offer a complete contract support service across the range of industry contract suites, including JCT, NEC and FIDIC.

We also have a full range of complementary service capability to call on to support your project, from planning and environmental specialists to lawyers experienced in delivering successful public and public/private partnering projects, navigating the intricacies of public procurement and public funding.

We tailor our support to your needs and in-house capabilities, and have the understanding and experience to provide everything from ad hoc advice on individual contract reviews to a full suite of relevant documentation and the training to go with it.   

We work closely with clients to provide a swift and effective service, including preparing and negotiating professional team appointments, collateral warranties, bonds and guarantees.

Shulmans’ construction team has particular expertise in the requirements of:

  • Housebuilders and sub-contractors;
  • Local Authority and NHS developments;
  • Health centres and medical facilities;
  • Office and commercial developers;
  • Chemical and manufacturing site operators.

We also undertake considerable work in engineering, procurement and construction contracts in respect of solar farm and wind turbine projects.

Contentious Services

Construction processes are often complex, and when issues arise the right advice can make all the difference as to whether contractors get paid for work done or a project gets delivered as planned.

Often issues arise during construction that need swift positive handling; our experienced and successful team know what action to take to deliver a positive outcome.

We offer an early assessment service for potential disputes that helps clients understand the options, costs, risks and benefits.

Led by Phil Morrison, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, we take a tenacious and practical approach to dispute resolution, engaging with:

  • Negotiation;
  • Adjudication;
  • Arbitration;
  • Mediation;
  • Expert determination;
  • Technology and Construction Court proceedings.

We understand disputes are a potential cost in time, money and resources, and are here to provide clear, effective advice and decisive action.

In 2016, the Shulmans real estate team (of which construction is part) won the ‘Property Law Firm of the Year’ accolade at the Yorkshire Property Industry Awards and the 'Commercial Property' category at the Yorkshire Legal Awards. The team was also 'highly commended' in 2015 at both these awards.

If you're a contractor, sub-contractor or consultant, and want to make sure that you get paid (and on time!), please download this presentation from a seminar recently given by the team on the subject.

Our team

Phil Morrison


Head of Construction

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8934

Jayne Smiles



Direct Line +44 (0)113 288 2815

Maria Fert



Direct Line +44 (0)113 288 2738