Our construction and engineering team deals with all aspects of law impacting on the industry, specialising in the resolution of disputes.

We act for a range of public and private sector clients, including professionals, contractors, developers, sub-contractors and owner occupiers in the resolution of disputes. The team includes three nationally recognised experts in construction law; Andrew Rush, Ruth Sunaway and Dan Leno.

Dispute resolution

We pride ourselves on our pro-active approach to dispute resolution. Whilst the majority of our dispute work revolves around Adjudication as a result of the introduction of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, we provide advice on all forms of dispute resolution through from the more conciliatory approach of mediation to the bringing or defending of proceedings both in arbitration or court.

Mediation/pre-action protocol

Our clients understand the commercial and cost risks that arise with any form of dispute. As such we actively encourage our clients, where appropriate, to fully engage in mediation and the pre-action protocol process.

Adjudication

As a result of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, our workload is increasingly centred around adjudication particularly where the dispute relates to non-payment or to delays. We act for all parties engaged in the construction process in adjudication disputes with particular emphasis on acting for main contractors and large scale sub-contractors. We are known for our no-nonsense, cost effective approach to adjudication.

Court/arbitration

Notwithstanding the pre-dominance of adjudication, we are increasingly involved in large scale High Court and arbitration proceedings. It is our experience that High Court and arbitration proceedings remain the preferred dispute resolution mechanism to resolve complex defect disputes, where expert evidence is of greater importance. Our team is able to draw on years of experience in dealing with matters through the court or arbitration systems

Professional negligence

Increasingly professionals are being held more accountable for their actions. We have experience in commencing and defending actions against professionals, both via adjudication and court proceedings as a result of the negligent performance of the professionals’ services.

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