Construction Law today is a contentious and onerous subject. It involves endless agreements, such as NEC or FIDIC, and other surprises, either in the form of ‘Special Conditions’ or nicely hidden clauses, which creep out of the woodwork if one expects it the least. Current contracts tabled today (largely cut-to-size to suit the employer) are a mine-field, usually needing to be adapted to suit both parties. This has happened primarily because of the changing face of construction in South Africa, and its unprecedented growth, certainly here to stay for the next few years, paired with the unknown, such as ASGI-SA obligations, never mind BEE and other surprises.
The firm is well geared to assist its clients in assessing risk and to guide in respect of potentially problematic contractual and edictalaspects.