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Fleet Solicitors

0333 344 5012

“Excellent allround commercial litigators”.

Chambers and Partners.

Small Building Disputes

Areas we cover:

  • Time for completion and extension of time
  • Suspension and determination of works
  • Remedies for non-payment
  • Grounds to withhold payment
  • Interpretation of documents, scope of works and design liability
  • Liability for defects
  • Ownership of materials
  • Adjudication – availability and pros and cons
  • Litigation or ADR – pros and cons
  • Standard form contracts and service of notices
  • Contractual remedies for breaches


Disputes over Building Work, Decorating and Home Improvements


When you ask a builder to carry out work on home, you put your trust in them that they will complete the job properly to a good standard, on time and for the amount that they quoted you. Sadly, sometimes this doesn’t happen.


At Fleet Solicitors our experienced lawyers can help you achieve a positive outcome in a variety of building disputes. We recognise that if the dispute involves your home it can be particularly stressful and needs to resolved as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.


We deal with the following types of dispute on a regular basis:


  1. Disputes regarding the terms of your contract
  2. Disputes regarding payment and overcharging
  3. Disputes regarding delay in carrying out the work
  4. Disputes regarding work that hasn’t been done or work that hasn’t been done to an accpetable standard.
  5. Claims against professionals (surveyors, architects) for incorrect advice


We resolve these disputes by using a variety and sometimes a combination of methods including negotiation, mediation or traditional court proceedings. We will advise you of the most appropriate method for your dispute.


Some of the recent matters our lawyers have dealt with include:


  • Representing homeowners in a claim against a building contractor for overcharging for work done and for defective work. Advising on the right to bring the contract to an end.
  • Advising a homeowner on a claim against a surveyor for failing to identify various issues with the property in the survey report, involving the NHBC in the dispute to help resolve the issues.
  • Assisting a homeowner in a claim against their architect for giving them incorrect advice as to what they should do and what timelimits applied when challenging requests for payment under the terms of their contract.
  • Negotiating a successful settlement between a homeowner and building contractor in a dispute over payment and defective work concerning a substantial extenstion and improvments works at their country property.


See also our FAQ's on Building and Construction Disputes


For further information on how we can help you call our Managing Partner, Hugh Davey on 0333 344 5012 or out of office hours on 07914 897137. Or view our enquiries page


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