Arbitration

Our team is well versed in advising on the resolution of construction disputes through Domestic or International Arbitration. Unlike Arbitration generalists, we only advise parties in Construction Arbitration matters. We are familiar with all generic types of construction dispute.

Different forms of contract allow for dispute resolution in different ways. Often parties will amend a standard form contract to allow for Arbitration. It is often seen as a quicker and less expensive alternative to Litigation.

Arbitration differs from Litigation in many ways. The basis of Arbitration is contractual in nature. The rights and obligations of parties in relation to arbitration flow from the contract between the parties.  Those contracting to resolve disputes by Arbitration will be able to choose the “Seat” – essentially where the Arbitration takes place.  It is open to parties to choose the rules that will govern any Arbitration, which may be supplemented by statutory provisions, and they may have input into the appointment of the Arbitration Tribunal. 

A genuine advantage to Arbitration over Litigation is that Arbitration is a confidential process, whereas Litigation is in the public domain. Third parties are entitled to see Statements of Case (Particulars of Claim and the Defence) in Litigation and can apply to be provided with other documents, such as Witness Statements, all of which may be commercially sensitive.

Decisions of Arbitration Tribunals are widely enforced throughout the world. They are usually “final”, meaning that there is no “right of appeal”, unlike the various stages of appeal that may be available through Litigation.

Construction disputes commonly arise as a result of project delays, design defects, construction defects and payment disputes. Our team of experienced lawyers regularly advise on all forms of construction disputes.

We advise both Claimants and Respondents in Arbitration proceedings, provide clear, commercial advice. We will never bombard you with legalese. Instead, our approach is to simplify the complex and provide you with the options that you have and what we would do in your situation.

Why Ridgemont?

Ridgemont’s team is made up of expert senior solicitors, all of whom previously worked in “Big Law” (i.e. the top 50 law firms in the UK).

We provide bespoke advice tailored to your needs.  Our advice is commercial and pragmatic, enabling you to use it effectively to make business decisions.

We have an expert understanding of construction law. We can guide you through the maze of Arbitration.

We are user-friendly.  Our lawyers speak in plain English, providing service levels akin to “Big Law”.  We have built our processes to make onboarding as pain-free as possible.  Our fee earner structure means that you have access to a partner-level solicitor at all times and they will always be on top of your matter.

We operate our business in an ethical way.  That means we think about what the “right thing to do” is when making a business decision.  As an example, we do not charge a default unit of time for incoming emails or letters as we think we ought to be paid for work done, not for merely receiving correspondence.  We are also open and transparent on what we charge, meaning our clients never receive a surprising invoice.

We provide “Big Law” service levels and quality of advice, with expert senior solicitors providing commercial, pragmatic advice.  Necessarily, that does not come cheap as we have to invest in great lawyers and everything they need to do their job. However, due to us having comparatively lower overheads to “Big Law” firms, we are able to charge less than they would for providing the same service levels and advice.

We are proactive in finding innovative ways to advise our clients in a cost proportionate way.

Who we act for?

We act for developers, contractors, sub-contractors, professionals and investors across a range of sectors from residential to retail.

Your journey with us
  1. Get in touch using the contact form below, calling us on 0203 909 9590 or emailing us at contactus@ridgemont.co
  2. We guarantee that we will be in touch with you the same day to listen to your needs and to explain how we can help and the likely cost.
  3. Assuming you wish to engage us, we will then onboard you as a client, which normally takes a matter of hours.
  4. From there, you will be assigned an experienced solicitor who will have conduct of your matter from cradle to grave and be available to speak to you and responsive to emails at every juncture.

You can learn more about our journey by watching these videos.

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Head of Construction

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