Real estate and Construction disputes

Construction and refurbishment contracts

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Our team of experienced attorneys has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in all types of construction and refurbishment disputes.

Overall, Portuguese construction law is a complex and constantly evolving area of law that requires a deep understanding of the legal framework and knowledge of the technical aspects of construction projects. 

The Portuguese legal framework governing construction is the result of several overlapping and dispersed provisions that address contractual aspects (including special law for public tenders), building regulations, environmental law, and tax regulations.

An empreitada, or construction contract, is a common type of agreement used in the construction industry in Portugal. Litigation related to an empreitada can arise when one or more parties involved in the contract fail to fulfil their obligations or when disputes arise about interpreting or implementing the contract terms.

Proper dispute resolution mechanisms and contractual penalties for non-compliance should be included in construction contracts. However, many contracts must be better drafted and account for most eventualities.

There are a variety of issues that may arise in connection with refurbishing or building a property in Portugal. These can include issues related to project delays, cost overruns, defects in workmanship, disputes over change orders, disputes over payments, and many others. On the other hand, licensing issues may come into play if proper filings are not made.

Our Litigation and Real Estate teams has assisted owners, developers, contractors, consultants, and financiers in resolving complex construction disputes, including those related to the construction of buildings, industrial facilities, and healthcare projects.

In stressful situations, we understand the importance of effective communication and advisory throughout the dispute resolution process.


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