HCQS

Contract and Legal Support Services

Contract and Legal Support Services

HCQS contract and legal support services objectives can be summarized as follows:

  • Understanding our clients’ objectives – in terms of the contractual, technical and operational issues 
  • Providing solutions that are auditable, robust and able to withstand scrutiny 
  • Applying our collective knowledge and experience gained across all sectors of industry 
  • Independent and client focused
  • Carefully considering and applying appropriate commercial and contractual measures such as: claim strategy; risk management and dispute avoidance. 
  • Implementing procedures to identify and capture entitlements 
  • Adopting appropriate measures to avoid confrontation when presenting our results (e.g. negotiations with key clients) 
  • Achieving transparency with clients whilst maintaining each client’s commercial and legal confidentiality 

Services

Construction Contracts

HCQS is a multi-discipline construction consultancy that offers a versatile and comprehensive portfolio of services to the UK Construction Industry.

HCQS’s contract and legal support consultants provide reliable, pragmatic advice and support in relation to matters affecting construction contracts.

HCQS regularly review terms and conditions on behalf of its clients, both pre and post contract, in order to identify areas of risk and opportunity. HCQS are also experienced at drafting bespoke conditions of contract.

HCQS’s contract and legal support consultants are all experienced in the defence or preparation of claims for extensions of time, loss and/or expense, damages, disruption and variations.

It is further recognised that many contracts impose strict procedures upon the parties, which must be complied with if compensation is to be successfully claimed. HCQS’s understanding of contractual mechanisms enables it to inform and/or manage its clients’ compliance with such procedures in order to safeguard their rights.

HCQS recognise that its clients benefit from avoiding disputes and we always seek to provide strategies that help avoid disputes by offering a commercial and pragmatic approach to achieve the best outcome either when disputes arise or need to be defended. However, we also appreciate that our clients are often required to make or defend formal submissions in order to protect their rights. HCQS can undertake independent forensic analysis and provide written submissions and reports based on the available evidence.

HCQS’s extensive experience of construction contracts and dispute resolution procedures allows it to effectively advise its clients on the most appropriate settlement strategy.
Do you have a project or projects that are causing you concern and whereby you would welcome an independent review to either collaborate or alleviate those concerns?

HCQS offer an independent project audit or health check, which can be tailored to your specific requirements but fundamentally aims to review the key indicators of risk and opportunity within a project and identifies what, if anything, needs addressing so that they can be resolved in a timely manner with a plan to mitigate risks and/or realize opportunities. The health check could include independent review of:
  • Progress against the Schedule;
  • Forecast out-turn costs including subcontractor liabilities;
  • Recovery against variations and claims for additional costs;
  • Not identifying and managing risks and/or opportunities;
  • Declaring margin that is not secure or cash-backed or hiding margin; and
  • Compliance with internal governance procedures

HCQS can provide full and reliable services in support of and throughout the adjudication process. By working with the client’s legal team, HCQS can help reduce costs by providing independent, pragmatic advice, forensic analysis and audits combined with its expert experience and knowledge in preparing and/or reviewing quantum and delay issues. 

When disputes require expert services, we support legal firms with quantum and delay services. HCQS professionals are regularly appointed to provide independent quantum and technical analysis in connection with construction disputes, including formal expert witness appointments, support to ADR and expert determination.

The key to the timely success of any Project is effective Programming and Planning.

HCQS contract and legal support are able to provide an extensive in house Programming and Planning Service provided by experienced professionals who have worked with most Industry recognised Industry Planning and Programming software including Primavera, Asta Power Project and Microsoft Project.

As a result, we are able to provide our Clients with all the latest software applications to assist with effective Project Management, Programming, Variations including Compensation Events and Extension of Time substantiation including forensic analysis and prospective methods.

HCQS provides bespoke in house training in relation to a wide range of contractual and commercial matters. Such training is usually delivered in a workshop format that facilitates learning through interaction in order to ultimately improve performance.

HCQS have a very capable and reliable team, many of whom have in excess of 25 years’ practical experience representing contractors, sub-contractors and client/employer organisations on M&E, building and rail projects across a broad spectrum of sectors both nationally and internationally. Our team are experienced in all forms of dispute resolution across all standard forms of contract and bespoke forms of contract.

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