Few construction projects complete without a construction dispute along the way. Most are easily resolved. Others take careful handling and tactical and legal awareness.
Part of the challenge in any construction and engineering project is to do with the number of people involved in bringing it to life. Even small-scale developments draw together teams of people with different:
- roles and responsibilities
- terms and conditions
Project managers, architects, main contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, engineers, suppliers all have the potential to clash over the specifics of their involvement.
There could be issues about delays, unpaid fees, defective design or sub-standard materials, for example. While most projects will have proper contracts, plans and specifications in place, these never guarantee a dispute-free process. The key to resolving issues without compromising the project’s future is the incisive interpretation and application of contractual terms.
That’s where our construction lawyers can really make a difference. They advise on agreements, making sure that clients are properly protected by clear terms about obligations, rights and enforcement. Our lawyers will look for areas of potential conflict and make sure that robust conditions are put in place to safeguard against contractual breaches and other default.
Construction Disputes Solicitors
If disputes do arise, our team quickly assesses the rights and wrongs and the scale of what has happened. Always with regard to the contracts that are in place, the relationships involved and overall commerciality, our lawyers help clients resolve disputes as quickly and inexpensively as possible. If disagreements escalate, our team looks to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a way of bringing things to an end. With a wealth of experience in mediation, arbitration as well as negotiation, our lawyers have helped resolve disputes of all types and sizes without going through the courts system.
However, when the courts are necessary, then our lawyers represent clients throughout and always with time, cost and client objectives firmly in mind.