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Construction Disputes

We advise on a range of building construction issues. We frequently advise on issues concerning payments or performance under construction contracts and also other areas such as damages arising from breaches of construction contracts and other issues.

“Payne Hicks Beach is a strong, dedicated team offering excellent levels of service” The Legal 500 UK 2017

We have long-standing experience of resolving construction disputes through adjudication, arbitration, mediation and, if necessary, the courts. We are used to instructing experts and understand all aspects of the construction sector.

As well as issues arising out of construction contracts such as JCTs, we also advise in respect of a wide range of construction related matters including purchase agreements and agreements for lease where obligations to carry out works or complete projects are disputed.

We act in respect of party wall issues (where proposed works might impact on another party), licences to carry out works, over-sailing matters and trespass and also schedules of condition and dilapidations. We are regularly involved with instructing architects, building surveyors, quantity surveyors and other aspects. For example, we acted for the successful tenant in a leading reported case of Riverside Properties Limited –v- Blackhawk Automotive Limited regarding tenants’ repairs to an asbestos industrial roof.

We also deal with negligence disputes arising from construction contracts and other related matters such as boundaries, nuisance and insolvency (such as the insolvency of a contractor or developer mid-way through works).

We work closely with our non-contentious construction property team to advise on contracts and procedures to avoid disputes developing in the first place. We are used to recommending cost-effective methods of dispute of alternative dispute resolution such as attending mediations and acting as mediators. We are rated by the leading directories in the field of property litigation and construction disputes.