2nd Edition

Construction Law From Beginner to Practitioner

By Jim Mason Copyright 2023
    350 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    350 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This second edition of Construction Law: From Beginner to Practitioner provides a thorough and comprehensive guide to construction law by blending together black letter law and socio-legal approaches. This mixed methodology makes an ideal introduction to the subject for those studying to enter the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry in a professional capacity. Designed to equip the student with all they need to know about construction law, the topics covered include:

    • the fundamentals of law and the English legal system
    • contract, business, tort and property law
    • procurement, subcontracting and partnering
    • claims, damages, losses and expenses
    • dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration, litigation and adjudication

    The book's suitability for study is enhanced by its logical structure, chapter summaries and further reading lists whilst the role of law in achieving a more collaborative and less confrontational AEC industry is examined in detail. Fully updated throughout, this new edition includes coverage of post-Grenfell legislation; increased coverage of modern methods of construction and continuously evolving technologies such as BIM and digital twins; NEC4 and the latest JCT contract suite and the Construction Playbook.

    This book is useful not only for understanding the basics, but also as a reference that practitioners will use time and again.

    Chapter 1 Legal systems

    Chapter 2 The law of contract

    Chapter 3 Aspects of commercial law

    Chapter 4 Aspects from the law of torts

    Chapter 5 Construction and the Law of Property

    Chapter 6 Parameters of construction industry practice

    Chapter 7 Procurement

    Chapter 8 Tendering and risk management

    Chapter 9 Standard forms of contract and subcontract

    Chapter 10 Construction contract law

    Chapter 11 Other aspects of construction contract law

    Chapter 12 Construction law in the wider sense

    Chapter 13 Causation, the recoverability of damages and global claims

    Chapter 14 Delay and disruption

    Chapter 15 Loss and expense

    Chapter 16 Choices for dispute resolution and features of claim preparation

    Chapter 17 Mediation and other forms of ADR

    Chapter 18 Litigation

    Chapter 19 Arbitration

    Chapter 20 Adjudication

    Chapter 21 The agenda for change

    Chapter 22 Ethical improvement and the duty of good faith

    Chapter 23 Conclusions and future directions


    Jim Mason is Associate Head of Department Built Environment Programmes in the School of Architecture and Engineering at the University of the West of England.