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Construction Law

2nd Edition

By Julian Bailey

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2,478 pages

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Now in its second edition, Construction Law is the standard work of reference for busy construction law practitioners, and it will support lawyers in their contentious and non-contentious practices worldwide. Published in three volumes, it is the most comprehensive text on this subject, and provides a unique and invaluable comparative, multi-jurisdictional approach.  

This book has been described by Lord Justice Jackson as a "tour de force", and by His Honour Humphrey LLoyd QC as "seminal" and "definitive". This new edition builds on that strong foundation and has been fully updated to include extensive references to very latest case law, as well as changes to statutes and regulations. The laws of Hong Kong and Singapore are also now covered in detail, in addition to those of England and Australia.

Practitioners, as well as interested academics and post-graduate students, will all find this book to be an invaluable guide to the many facets of construction law.


"There is no other tome which touches this contribution to construction law. It provides an encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject."

Tony Bingham, Building Magazine

"The second edition of Construction Law stands upon the shoulders of the giant achievement that was the first, and encourages us to look forward to many further editions which will continue to illuminate our fascinating yet complex area of law. The international construction law community is once more in Julian Bailey’s debt."

Matthew Bell, Construction Law International

"Bailey has once again created a practical epic, establishing himself as a virtuoso of construction law on an international scale. The second edition, like the first, is a friend to construction law, written as a guide to the field’s ins-and-outs and a tool to navigate its halls. I have full confidence in recommending this text to any practitioner or student in need of a comprehensive and authoritative collection of all things construction related."

Professor Doug S Jones AO, International Construction Law Review

"The writing is efficient and pellucid…every section covers its scope with the right amount of detail, neither leaving the reader hungry for more, nor sedated by incursions into unnecessary detail."

Stephen A. Hess, Construction Lawyer

"…outstanding…Wherever one looks, the completeness of coverage and case citation stands out as does the clarity of the exposition. Practitioners need this…this is a true practitioner’s work in an area where much law is made and practised here and overseas."

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC, Law Quarterly Review

"Now in its second edition - eagerly anticipated by the legal profession internationally- Construction Law is firmly established as a classic. Indeed, it is one of the finest works in any branch of English or Australian commercial law published in the past half century.

Construction Law is a magisterial work. It is impossible to praise it too highly. The author has distilled principles from an enormous body of case law…and covered the breadth of construction law with great skill and clarity. One can only marvel at the author's extraordinary achievement."

Michael Christie SC, Building and Construction Law Journal

Table of Contents

VOLUME I Chapter 1. The Legal and Commercial Frameworks Chapter 2. Contract Formation Chapter 3. Contract Terms Chapter 4. Procurement Chapter 5. Contract Administration Chapter 6. Price and Payment Chapter 7. Variations

VOLUME II Chapter 8. The Site Chapter 9. Breach of Contract and Termination Chapter 10. Negligence Chapter 11. Time Chapter 12. Security for Performance Chapter 13. Damages Chapter 14. Defects Chapter 15. Consultants Chapter 16. Intellectual Property Chapter 17. Insurance

VOLUME III Chapter 18. Statutory Regulation of Work Chapter 19. Home Building Contracts Chapter 20. Subcontracts, Assignment, Novation, Waiver, Election and Estoppel Chapter 21. Employment, Health and Safety Chapter 22. Bankruptcy and Insolvency Chapter 23. Dispute Resolution Chapter 24. Statutory Adjudication Chapter 25. Arbitration Chapter 26. Litigation

About the Author

Julian Bailey is a partner at White & Case LLP, where he practises in the International Arbitration and Construction and Engineering Groups. He is Chairman of the Society of Construction Law (UK), and has won that society’s Hudson Prize on two occasions.

About the Series

Construction Practice Series

This series provides detailed and practical guidance to the legal framework of the construction industry. Whether explaining contract forms, advising on procedure, or guiding through disputes, highly experienced lawyers share their insights in order to help readers with the key aspects of any construction project. Engineers, architects, project managers, academics and lawyers in this field will all find these books a great help with issues that they face on a daily basis.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Construction