At Morton Fraser we have highlighted clarity as our guiding principle.
This directs the way we communicate, the way we advise, the way we conduct relationships with our clients and the way we are totally transparent and upfront about our charges. This applies to all our services from the straightforward to the more complex.
The construction sector is infamous for being associated with litigation and disputes. Despite this, a huge number of construction contracts are signed every year with no reference to contract lawyers.
If you are a developer, you want your project completed on time, on budget and to the right quality standard.
Development funders want to understand the project risks and protect your investment. Contractors and professional consultants want to ensure that you are paid a fair amount for the work you do, without taking on any inappropriate risks.
Occupiers will want to make sure that your premises are fit for purpose and that any defects can be rectified quickly and at the cost of whoever caused the defect. And if things go wrong, you want a remedy.
One of the most common causes of disputes in the construction industry is that a contract isn't clear. Another very common cause is that one party has misunderstood what they were supposed to do, what their responsibility was, or the extent of their potential liability.
We make sure that our construction contracts are written in clear, plain English with no jargon. Whether we are preparing your contracts or resolving disputes, we will make sure that our clients properly understand their responsibilities and potential exposures.
Benefits we bring
Our approach to construction law is no-nonsense.
We are construction law specialists with years of experience, so we will quickly get to what matters. We will identify problems and we will solve them.
We are straight talkers, and we will tell it like it is and make sure you understand the issues and the solutions.
In dealing with disputes, we have the tact and experience to negotiate for you, and also the confidence and the firepower to take on litigations, adjudications and arbitrations.
Our approach to fees
We understand that all clients need to budget for their costs, and so we offer fixed fee packages whenever we can. If it is not possible at the outset to provide a fixed fee, then we will give you a clear estimate based on an agreed scope of work.
Morton Fraser is a popular choice for its ‘speedy responses, down-to-earth knowledge’ and ‘excellent value for money’. Jonathan Seddon leads on the non-contentious side, and is ‘always keen to understand and help the client’. Associate Lisa Dromgoole is recommended for contentious matters; she has ‘knowledge backed with experience’, and is ‘easy to communicate with.
Morton Fraser provides 'excellent service and high-quality advice delivered in a personal way'. Jonathan Seddon has a 'forensic ability to assess a matter and find a way forward'.
Chambers & Partners
Since Jonathan Seddon established Morton Fraser's construction team in 2003, the firm has become a well-known name in the market for complex, large-scale and high-value development projects (and related disputes).On non-contentious matters, the firm has a particularly strong profile in relation to its work for developers.
Legal 500 2018/19
Interviewees say: "The team are superb and have excellent knowledge. They are dynamic deal makers and will stand firm, but they also know when to be practical."
Chambers and Partners 2019
Illustrative of the quality of the firm's portfolio of work, Seddon and senior associate Mimi Stewart recently advised BAM properties on the largest speculative office development in Edinburgh.