Construction

Key Contacts

Blundy Paul High Resolution Image Paul D. Blundy
Partner, Head of Public Infrastructure Projects
T: 416.777.4854
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Roth Jason High Resolution Image Jason D. Roth
Partner, Head of Construction
T: 403.298.2070
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Vlavianos George High Resolution Image George M. Vlavianos
Doha Managing Partner, Head of Arbitration
T: +974 4020 4700
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In this world of innovation in construction and procurement, complex construction agreements and financing structures, detailed legislation, and aggressive competition, competent and timely legal support is indispensable for any successful player in the construction industry. Our strong construction contracts team, combined with our litigation and corporate commercial practices and our state of the art technical and document management systems, provides full legal support to the construction industry in this increasingly complex, hybrid area of commercial law and litigation.

Our clients include owners, designers, contractors and lenders in the construction business, in government and the private sector, as well as the businesses that finance and underwrite construction projects of all kinds. This includes construction of resource extraction infrastructure, including power plants, mines, dams, pipelines, highways, water reservoirs and sewage lagoons, commercial, industrial and office buildings, shopping centres and utilities.

Our services fall into the five major categories of venture structuring, contract negotiation, financial risk management, construction challenges and construction claims. Early in project development, we engage in the structuring of joint ventures, partnerships, consortia and corporate vehicles to integrate risk equity, design expertise, construction capability and operational experience. Effective litigation management starts with tight, well-written contracts. In the implementation phase we advise clients on contract preparation, analysis and review of a variety of construction-related agreements, including joint venture, construction, consulting, supply and sub-contract agreements. We also counsel and defend clients on coverage issues, most often in connection with owner-controlled insurance programs, liability policies, builders' risk policies, errors and omissions and professional liability coverage.

Throughout the construction process, we represent clients in matters involving progress payments, certificates of substantial completion, claims, warranty periods and obligations, holdbacks, lien periods and rights. When disputes arise, we represent clients in connection with liens, construction defects and specific performance issues.

We provide ongoing legal support on operational issues such as employee and labour relations matters involving Workers' Safety and Insurance Board and employment standards matters, occupational health and safety requirements, employment contracts, severance, collective bargaining and union relations and grievances, as well as tax litigation matters, import permits, environmental damage claims and other claims arising out of ongoing and completed projects.

Select Experience

  • Representation of a British oil and gas company in a multimillion dollar UNCITRAL arbitration against an American geological development corporation in relation to the development, production and sale of two oil fields in Kazakhstan
  • Representation of an Australian construction contractor in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration seated in London against an Omani state-owned entity in connection with the construction of a gas processing plant in Oman
  • Represented ATCO Energy Solutions Ltd. in the development of its limited partnership with Petrogas Energy Corp. for the Strathcona Storage Facility near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta including associated long term propane, butane and ethylene storage services agreements, interconnection pipelines and associated transportation rights, product loading and transfer services at the PFS Terminal and related construction and drilling services agreements.

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, repeatedly recommended, Construction Law: Calgary
  • 2016, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, consistently recommended, Construction Law, Calgary
  • 2015, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, consistently recommended, Construction Law: Calgary

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