City lawyers help construction businesses reach for the skies with advice on working with a solicitor and using drone technology at international forum

Lawyers from a leading City of London law firm are to offer a helping hand to businesses attending an international construction forum next week by offering advice on developing a good working relationship with a solicitor and using drone technology.

Kate Boguslawska, Rufus Ballaster and Andrew Firman, Partners at Carter Lemon Camerons LLP, are to speak on the subjects at the British Polish Construction Forum in London on Friday 9 March 2018.

Kate Boguslawska will talk about the importance for constructions businesses of working effectively with a solicitor in a talk entitled ‘Why working with a solicitor is key to success in construction’.

She will discuss points including the importance of having specialist legal input into contracts, ensuring they are drafted in a way which minimises the chances of costly disputes arising in the first place and offer strong protection in the event that they do.

She said: “It could be tempting for construction businesses to try to get by without building a relationship with a solicitor, but that would be unwise.

“Having a strong working relationship with a good solicitor can have a real impact on the fortunes of businesses in the construction sector, particularly in terms of making sure that agreements with customers and suppliers meet the commercial needs of the organisation.

“I am looking forward to helping businesses clarify their needs when it comes to instructing a solicitor.”

Meanwhile, Rufus Ballaster and Andrew Firman will discuss the use of drones in the construction sector.

Drones have proliferated rapidly in the construction sector in recent years and are now frequently used for tasks such as surveying tall buildings and scopes of works for demolitions.

There is a real potential for the range of uses of drones to expand rapidly in the future, but this is currently limited to some extent by the laws and regulations that govern their use.

Rufus Ballaster said: “There is a widespread misconception that because drones have proliferated relatively recently, they are not yet fully regulated.

“That is not the case. There are general Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules governing airspace and a code governing the use of drones. There are also more general laws around negligence, for example, that apply as much to drones as to anything else.

“This means that there is a wide-ranging body of rules and laws that govern the use of drones and which those using drones in the construction sector need to be aware of.

“The real question for the construction sector is whether the rules and regulations will be able to keep up with technological developments. If technology in the future makes it possible to carry out repairs to windows high up tall buildings, will the law also allow it?”

Rufus Ballaster and Andrew Firman have strong credentials when it comes to the law governing the use of drones. They were co-authors, alongside consultant to Carter Lemon Camerons LLP Eleanor Clot, of A Practical Guide to Drone Law, published last autumn.

Anyone wishing to attend the event can purchase tickets by visiting: https://www.pblink.co.uk/event/construction2018/.