The face of construction and engineering in South Africa and the rest of Africa has changed significantly. Projects have become bigger and more complex and often revolve around large-scale infrastructure development. This trend has gone hand in hand with change in the laws and regulations governing the industry, the skills and technologies used, the type of contracts entered into, the procurement processes followed and the dispute resolution mechanisms applied. Accordingly, the calibre of construction and engineering lawyers has had to change. Werksmans has remained ahead of the curve by crafting our Construction & Engineering Practice into a tight-knit team of dedicated experts focused on offering the client unrivalled service.

To help navigate the changes and challenges in the industry, role players require specialist lawyers with detailed legal knowledge, combined with commercial awareness and depth of experience in construction and engineering law. Werksmans’ construction and engineering lawyers have the required business acumen, technical know-how and experience to identify and resolve construction and engineering law disputes for clients as they arise – and often before.

Managing risk across geographies

Our multidisciplinary team comprises experts with a proven understanding of issues pertaining to the construction and engineering sectors and, in particular, the needs and concerns of our clients. Spanning the engineering and construction value chain, our clients include employers, contractors and sub-contractors, professional teams and specialist consultants.

We appreciate the risks associated with construction projects, which may result in disputes, and make it our business to assist our clients manage and/or avoid these risks. This dedicated approach applies to all projects on which we advise, regardless of size and geographic location, whether in South Africa or elsewhere in Africa. Moreover, through LEX Africa, the largest and oldest legal network on the continent, Werksmans’ clients also have access to African lawyers with the expertise to advise on a vast array of multi-jurisdictional construction and engineering projects.

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