Construction and engineering

With more than 50 senior lawyers working in the UK and globally on construction and engineering issues, our proactive approach enables us to provide cutting edge solutions in every sphere of commercial construction and engineering.


Our dynamic construction and engineering lawyers get to the heart of the issues quickly but take time to listen to the commercial, strategic, and legal challenges you face. We add real value by getting to know your business and the world you operate in.

Acting for contractors, consultants, employers, developers, local authorities, health authorities and, financial institutions in this industry means we bring broad and valuable experience to ensure your success.

From project inception to beyond completion, we negotiate the best position for you and provide straightforward, practical advice to finding economic, business-focused solutions.

Despite the best of intentions sometimes a dispute on a construction and engineering project is simply unavoidable. We know how much disruption this can cause and aim to protect your interests whilst negotiating to a swift and positive conclusion.

Our considerable experience ranges from handling high-value, more complicated cases through to large numbers of standard claims, where a proactive, decisive and cost-effective strategy is essential to protect your interests.

We are regularly instructed to advise construction and engineering clients on corporate manslaughter and HSE investigations arising from fatal accidents and incidents involving serious injuries to employees and members of the public. We also offer bespoke training to help clients develop their safety culture. Find out more about our Safety, Health and Environment offering.

Our Corporate Insurance & Risk (CIR) team are a division of DAC Beachcroft, created to service and manage liabilities and risk for corporate clients with specialist capability in Construction and Engineering. Find out more about our Construction and Engineering offering.

Featured experience

  • Acting for a client with an extensive property portfolio. Dealing with the first claim bought by DLUHC pursuant to s.123 Building Safety Act 2022 for a Remediation Order. Plus dealing with a number of additional Remediation, Contribution and Building Liability Orders. The advice also relates to pursuing recovery actions against third-party developers, contractors and professionals.
  • Acting for a contractor dealing with a series of adjudications for contract declarations, extensions of time and loss and expense. Plus associated Part 8 claims.
  • Acting for a house builder client, in a High Court claim seeking recovery of its costs associated with a failed ground improvement scheme.

What our clients say

  • ‘Ben Thornycroft goes the extra mile to understand business needs and delivers his advice to support the achievement of the end objectives.’

    Legal 500 UK 2023 Edition, Contruction, South West

  • "Strong in disputes on behalf of contractors."

    Chambers UK 2023 Edition, Construction, North East

  • "A great team with strength in depth and the ability to communicate complex matters in simple terms."

    Chambers UK 2023 Edition, Construction, North East

  • "DAC Beachcroft are always prompt to return our calls, are appreciative of time pressures and are flexible in respect of availability."

    Chambers UK 2023 Edition, Construction, South West

  • "Ben Thornycroft assists us with all our strategic procurement and dispute issues and helps apply common sense to help us unravel them simply and sensibly."

    Chambers UK 2023 Edition, Construction, South West

Construction and engineering key contacts

Who we are

Why choose DAC Beachcroft?

We’re a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance,
health and real estate. We combine excellent legal skills and cutting-edge delivery expertise to design
solutions that fit the needs of our clients – often involving clever uses of technology.