Our solid reputation as construction lawyers is based on our in-depth knowledge, industry expertise, and understanding of the different perspectives of the construction client, the contractor, and the consultant.
For the practitioner, construction projects are, perhaps, primarily characterised by questions concerning various types of technical and technological issues. In addition to that, the law is a very important instrument for creating clarity and calculability, allocating risks and rights, and structuring the right incentives for a project to be as successful as possible.
We help our clients with everything from planning construction projects and consultancy services to drafting tender documents, conducting contract negotiations, addressing issues during ongoing projects, dispute resolution, arbitration inspections, and more.
Foyen’s advice is commercially strategic. Knowing which form of contracting and which compensation rules are most appropriate, how a major construction project can be divided up to increase efficiency, and how a dispute should be handled can be decisively crucial. In addition, we often work on matters concerning consultants’ liability in damages. We have industry knowledge and understand the different perspectives of the construction client, the contractor, and the consultant.
We are also accustomed to negotiating contract terms and conditions that differ from the usual standard agreements and that are appropriate for a specific engagement.
We are very interested in technological developments and the role of law in digitalisation. One issue that we are particularly involved in is contract law for digital models. Foyen’s lawyers are also retained as legal experts to develop the industry’s standard agreements. We strive to be at the forefront of construction law, writing articles and professional literature and holding training courses in the field.
Our lawyers have significant experience in handling large and complex construction disputes and disputes relating to consultancy matters. We help at the negotiating table and try to find constructive solutions. If a dispute has to go to court or arbitration, we put experienced, skilled, and strategic litigators at the client’s disposal.
”Great knowledge of the industry and about consultancy law. Our “house firm” for more than 20 years.”
Legal 500, 2021
In the past, it was unusual for the construction and infrastructure industry to hire lawyers to draw up contracts. The parties were satisfied with standard agreements and sometimes there were no formalised contracts at all. But that was a long time ago. Nowadays, clients, contractors, and consultants expect lawyers to assist in all phases of a project.
For many years, Foyen’s lawyers have advised on all types of construction and consultancy law issues. We have built up expertise that has led to us being one of today’s leaders in construction and infrastructure law.
The Legal500 international ranking institute places Foyen among the top Swedish law firms in construction law. Our lawyers have been recognised as leaders in the field for many years and are repeatedly retained by companies on the market. We are committed to maintaining and developing our good reputation in the best possible way.
“Dedicated, fast and easy to communicate with.”
Legal 500, 2021
Here are the Foyen lawyers who work with construction law issues.
The system of inspections according to AB 04 and ABT 06 plays a central role in construction. The main purpose of all inspections is to determine whether the total works or part of it has been completed in accordance with the contract. An inspection report is of great importance as evidence of the condition of the total works and is often the basis for negotiations between the parties on the existence of defects. It is therefore important that a party who is not satisfied with an inspection report has the opportunity to have it reconsidered.
Pre-inspection has many benefits. The contractor and construction client can gain clarity regarding whether the chosen execution is contractually compliant, who bears liability if the construction client wants to use part of the construction project before it is completed and, not least, whether it it possible to rectify defects before they are built in.
As a consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, contractors involved in ongoing projects may be able, where appropriate, to request an extension of time for the contract period as well as modification of the agreed price for the works in order to take into account changes in costs. Both the construction client and the contractor need to inform themselves of how the war might affect ongoing and future construction projects to which AB 04 and ABT 06 apply.