Strategic thinkers, technical and tactical construction experts.


With one of the largest teams of construction lawyers in Scotland, Burness Paull offers a high-quality and integrated construction and projects service.

We help clients navigate the whole life cycle of a project from procurement, contract negotiation, project delivery, facilities and operational issues, claims management, through to formal dispute resolution.

“Fantastic construction team” offering “high-calibre advice.”
- Chambers UK

Track record and experience of our construction lawyers:

Burness Paull has an impressive and extensive owner, developer and retail client base. Our construction lawyers advise on the procurement strategy and construction documentation required for the delivery of on-site and off-site infrastructure and construction. This includes developing framework appointments and template documentation.

  • Biomass
  • CHP
  • Commercial
  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing including social housing, Build To Rent and new settlements
  • Leisure
  • Nuclear
  • Ports and Harbours
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Retail
  • Roads and Rail
  • Utilities
  • Waste management
  • Waste to energy
  • Water
Public Sector Infrastructure

We advise on many of Scotland’s leading public sector projects, being at the forefront of the innovative procurement strategy. We advise Wellspring in relation to hub West and on hub South East we advise the public sector participants. We regularly advise Scottish Futures Trust and Scottish Enterprise on infrastructure issues.

Ports and Harbours

Burness Paull's ports and harbours team has a real passion for assisting clients as they improve, maintain and manage their assets and infrastructure. Associate members of the British Ports Association, we act for both harbour authorities and marine contractors. We enjoy working with port operators to help develop projects from inception through to completion whilst overcoming the inevitable challenges along the way. We have in-depth experience of advising clients on all elements of port developments including: construction & engineering contracts, professional appointments, development agreements, dredging, Harbour Empowerment and Revision Orders, governance, finance, grant funding and state aid, procurement, property, planning, environmental, Crown Estate and health & safety.

Renewable Energy

Burness Paull has a long and enviable track record of advising clients on a wide range of renewable technologies, acting for developers, contractors and lenders. We know the market and can ensure the benchmarking of contractual terms against industry standards. This allows for greater certainty and effective risk mitigation.

The team's construction lawyers routinely advise clients on a wide range of construction and management contracts, including turbine supply, service and availability, balance of plant, O&M, supply chain, decommissioning and EPC arrangements.

Resolution of disputes

We have proactively managed – and resolved - disputes involving some of Scotland‘s biggest and most iconic infrastructure assets including railways, roads, bridges, pipelines, harbours, runways, wind farms, water treatment works, hospitals and schools, as well as commercial and residential developments. We have conducted hundreds of adjudications and advised on numerous adjudication enforcement actions. Large scale litigation and arbitrations are simply part of our DNA.