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Friend or foe?

Law Construction law

Civil engineers have traditionally had little time for lawyers. Antony Oliver explains how a new NCE initiative could help to change this way of thinking.

Most civil engineers usually view lawyers as overpaid, quick to pass on responsibility and, even when things go wrong, ready with a bill for their fee.

But civil engineers do themselves few favours with this attitude. While there is little doubt that it is better to keep construction out of the courtroom, lack of knowledge about how the law works can often leave engineers exposed.

Like it or not, engineers need a good working knowledge of the law as it affects the construction industry. Only when they have will the profession cut the number of legal disputes and the expense that accompanies them.

To help this process NCE has teamed up with top construction lawyer Professor Phillip Capper and his team of experts at law firm Lovells.

Together we will attempt to provide the profession with the information it needs to avoid legal pitfalls.

Regular articles in the magazine, a special legal section on the NCE website and travelling legal surgeries will give you a unique opportunity to grill Professor Capper and his expert team to find the solutions to your own legal problems.

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