SPONSORED: Meet the legal team building trust in the construction industry


What does trust mean to you? It can be the belief in an expectation, or faith in the reliability of another person. However, without communication, trust may be nothing more than hope of a future outcome.

Like trust, a contract is about predicting the future. Where trust carries risk, a contract seeks to allocate the bearer of that risk, and to mitigate it. Trust recorded in a contract comes in the form of rights and obligations.

When obligations are not met, the law provides mechanisms to compensate the innocent party. That’s why building trusted relationships is likely to lead to greater success and better outcomes for all.

Construction law specialists

Scottish solicitors Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP knows the value of trusted relationships. Its specialist construction team is committed to developing long-term relationships through repeat business, by servicing its clients’ needs with transparency and integrity, and by doing the right thing.

They are Client Service Driven

The team at WJM supports all phases of a project – from planning and procurement, to construction, maintenance and transfer, and ultimately through to demolition and redevelopment.

Their expertise helps to ensure that risk is properly allocated to best protect their clients, and to provide strategic advice through the operation of the contract.

Wright Johnston & Mackenzie partners Steven Docherty, Ross Taylor and Roddy Cormack

Meet the team

Ross Taylor, partner at WJM, specialises in dispute resolution and avoidance in the construction sector. He has extensive experience of working with a spectrum of clients, including sole traders,

SME contractors and national commercial developers. Ross also has a strong reputation in assisting private self-builders with procurement and project management.

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Ross accepts appointments as mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator.

Steven Docherty, also a partner at WJM, focuses on supply chain disputes, together with property and insolvency issues. He is an adept and highly respected court practitioner, with 20 years’experience of practising in all courts in Scotland. Steven works with clients to reach finality quickly,efficiently, and cost-effectively.

Roddy Cormack is a specialist in construction, accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. He helps clients navigate their way through project risks, with a view to achieving the best commercial outcomes in both the short and long term.

Roddy scopes out procurement strategies, negotiates building contracts and consultant appointments, advises on development agreements and provides ongoing operational advice.

If you’re interested in building a relationship with WJM, you can find out more at www.wjm.co.uk.



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