New legal service will help construction ‘subbies’ fight back against the big boys

National Legal Consortium has been launched by Wirral law firm CE Law Construction Solicitors and guarantees for an annual fee open-ended access to specialist construction law advice

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Wirral law firm CE Law Construction Solicitors has launched what it claims is a “unique legal service developed specifically for the needs of the sub-contractor”.

Called The National Legal Consortium, the services guarantees for an annual fee open-ended access to specialist construction law advice. The fee is paid over 12 months with costs based on turnover.

David Jackson, director at CE Law said: “As a specialist in the sub-contractor construction industry, we are consistently faced with instances of ‘subbie bashing’.

“This when the more powerful and well-resourced main contractor falls into dispute and withholds payment.

“Many sub-contractors are forced to walk away, recognising that they simply don’t have the funds in place to tackle a potentially costly and challenging legal case.

“The scheme doesn’t just cover advice on claims but provides ongoing advice on contracts, notices or whatever else may arise requiring specialist advice.”

The idea was developed with input from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, barristers and construction professionals to ensure that it meets the strict SRA requirements.

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National Legal Consortium seal deal with Confederation of Roofing Contractors

The National Legal Consortium (NLC) has finalised a partnership agreement with the Confederation of Roofing Contractors offering all members access to its specialist Construction Law subscription service.

The NLC, a division of C E Law Construction solicitors, was developed to give sub-contractors and smaller contractors access to specialist Construction Law advice at a fixed and affordable cost. The NLC provides unlimited Construction Law advice for a modest monthly payment based on turnover, guaranteeing access to specialist legal advice should the need arise.

Managing Director of the NLC, solicitor David Jackson, explains: “Having advised subcontractors for many years I know that the biggest problem they face when seeking legal advice is the cost of that advice. I established the NLC to provide specialist Construction Law advice at a price that all can afford and without any hidden costs. The NLC’s services cost less than 1% of turnover for most companies and gives them unlimited access to specialist Construction Law advice for an agreed monthly payment.

“Clients can use the service to get advice on contracts, notices, problems on site and to take and defend proceedings. Most companies do not want to involve themselves in legal proceedings but clients of the NLC are comforted by the fact that they have access to specialist Construction Law advice, at an agreed cost, should they ever need it.”

The NLC membership will be open to all 700-plus members of the Confederation of Roofing Contractors at a discounted rate.

David continued: “I have acted for members of the Confederation of Roofing Contractors for many years and I am delighted to be able to offer the services of the National Legal Consortium to its members. The Confederation of Roofing Contractors is a well respected organisation that provides guidance and support for its members. I am very excited to be able to partner with them by offering legal support in a uniquely affordable and accessible way.”

Mark Williams of the Confederation of Roofing Contractors added: “ Legal fees and costs can put a huge financial strain on anyone wants to defend or fight a case against them in a court of law and can in some instances prevent them from doing so if the fees spiral out of control.

“By joining the NLC you can have peace of mind knowing that you are fully covered not only with the costs but also with any legal assistance you may need to help you in your case.

“Over the years David has given help and advice to CORC members and his input has proved invaluable and we are fully supportive of the NLC and what it stands for.”

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Unique Service Boost Prospects of Electrical Sub-contractors

CE Law Construction Solicitors has launched The National Legal Consortium, a unique legal service developed specifically for the needs of the subcontractor.

The Consortium allows clients (within the sub-contracting industry) to sign up to an annual agreed fee, guaranteeing open ended access to specialist construction law advice. The fee is paid over 12 months with costs based on turnover and fees starting as little as £150 plus vat per month.

David Jackson, Director at CE Law Construction Solicitors explained: “As a specialist in the sub-contractor construction industry, we are consistently faced with instances of ‘subbie bashing’ whereby the more powerful and well-resourced main contractor falls into dispute and withholds payment. Many sub-contractors are forced to walk away, recognising that they simply don’t have the funds in place to tackle a potentially costly and challenging legal case.

“We believe that membership of the National Legal Consortium is an ideal solution, giving subcontractors access to legal advice and support if the situation arises. It’s about protecting the business and, in a sense, insuring it against all possible eventualities. The scheme doesn’t just cover advice on claims but provides on going advice on contracts, notices or whatever else may arise requiring specialist advice”

The scheme was developed with input from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Barristers and Construction Professionals to ensure that it meets the strict SRA requirements and addresses the needs of Sub Contractors.

David continued: “We have taken time to ensure that this new way of offering legal services meets the needs of our client. We believe that the National Legal Consortium will change the way Sub Contractors pay for legal advice. We offer the service nationally and are focusing our initial efforts on the electrical contracting industry where we know there are considerable issues.”

Services included within the membership programme include a telephone advice service, payment claims, contract advice, adjudication, court proceedings and arbitration. For further information please visit www.nlcuk.net

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