Construction Disputes

Construction projects will not always go smoothly, especially when there are a number of parties involved. Our disputes team has experience acting for employers, contractors and a wide range of construction professionals in disputes which arise from construction projects of all sizes.

Whether it be a domestic build for a lay client governed by the Consumer Rights Act or a commercial project under a standard form JCT or NEC3 contract, we can advise you promptly and effectively to ensure that your project remains on track. We can complete fast cost effective debt recovery for contractors have need that bill to be paid in order to move on to the next project.

Our specialist team have experience of advising clients on construction disputes including:

  • Claims against contractors and sub-contractors for late completion or defective works;
  • Claims by contractors and sub-contractors for late payment;
  • Claims against engineers and architects arising from the design or specification of a build; and
  • Disputes relating to retention clauses, liquidated damages clauses, limitation of liability clauses and termination of contracts.


Adjudication is often a favoured method of resolving construction disputes because it is usually quicker than litigating in the courts or through arbitration. A decision by an adjudicator is ordinarily binding on the parties and can take 1 – 2 months to complete.

Although adjudication is binding on the parties, an adjudicator’s decision can be challenged through arbitration or in the courts. If you are unhappy with the outcome of an adjudication we can advice you on the options available to you.

We also help clients to resolve their disputes through mediation, negotiation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Our team represent clients in Devon, Bristol, the South West and throughout the UK. If you require advice on any of these issues please contact us


Ian Spencer
Solicitor, Director

Direct Tel: +44 (0)1548 855990


James Field
Associate, Solicitor Advocate

Direct Tel: +44 (0)1548 854926


Courtney Chance
Senior Paralegal

Direct Tel: +44 (0)1548 858618


Annabel Pike

Direct Tel: +44 (0)1548 858610



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