Construction Dispute Solicitors


When construction disputes arise, it is vital that you have an effective, early and successful resolution. We provide our clients with swift, clear and commercial advice to tackle construction disputes head-on.

With any construction contract, the intention is for the project to run as smoothly as possible from the outset, with parties hopeful that the works will be completed on time and to budget.

However, projects do not always go according to plan. The construction industry has a reputation for attracting disputes. Additional works may be requested by the employer or works may become necessary because something unforeseen is discovered on site. These scenarios are likely to result in works taking longer than expected which, in turn, will generally result in an increased cost to the project. This will often lead to a claim by one of the parties if it cannot be resolved through discussions.

Traditionally, parties would enter into litigation, which is a costly and lengthy means of resolving a dispute. Over the years, various methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) have been introduced in order to avoid expensive litigation.

We act for both claimants and defendants at every level of the supply chain, advising a range of employers, contractors and sub-contractors. We understand that time, money and resources are critical to our clients’ business and we work with them to achieve the best outcome, commercially and legally.

Free Initial Discussion

For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on +44 (0) 203 909 9590 or email us at contactus@ridgemont.co and a member of our commercial construction team will get back to you.

Common types of claims arising in construction projects:

  • A contractor claiming against the employer for delay or a change to the scope of works
  • A professional consultant claiming against the employer for non-payment of fees
  • The employer claiming against a professional consultant for shortcomings in the design or a failure to properly supervise the works
  • The employer claiming against the contractor for delay or defective works

Whether bringing or defending a complex construction claim, quality legal advice is essential.

Whatever the size or nature of the dispute, our breadth of experience ensures that we can help you achieve the best possible outcome, with a strategy that is tailored to your specific commercial circumstances.

Ways of Resolving Disputes

The possible ADR processes available to construction disputes are mediation; adjudication; arbitration; expert determination and court proceedings (litigation). Each possible method has advantages and disadvantages and so it is advised to speak to an experienced construction solicitor as soon as possible so that they considered in turn.

There are a number of methods of resolving disputes in the construction sector. It is important for both employers and contractors to understand their options, and to ensure that contracts in which they enter contain appropriate dispute resolution clauses.

Alongside our construction law knowledge, our team understand the requirements of all forms of dispute resolution. From the fast pace of adjudication to the requirements of case-building required in major litigation and arbitration, our experience of dispute resolution can help you resolve disputes effectively, allowing your business to focus on what it does best.

Why Choose us

We have been involved in a wide range of construction disputes, many of which have involved niche and unusual points of law.

Our style is to be proactive and work with you and other advisers to achieve your objectives. Our depth and breadth of expertise enable us to add value by facilitating the dispute resolution process.

We aim to work with you to help to deliver your projects successfully and efficiently and to resolve disputes as swiftly as possible. Whether you want general advice or strong action, we have the knowledge and experience to help you in the most effective way.

We are able to clearly explain the legal issues and provide you with expert advice in your specific circumstances.

Testimonials

Paolo Zechini, Segmento - “Ridgemont continue to advise us on a number of matters. They are responsive, detailed in their work and commercial in their approach.  Ridgemont are currently acting for us on a dispute with a sub-contractor.  They have provided great advice and we are confident of obtaining judgment and costs in our favour with their guidance.”

Sameer Ahuja, APC Developments - “Ridgemont are advising us on a number of matters. They are responsive, commercial and provide great advice.”

Key Contacts

John graduated from the University of Liverpool before qualifying at Nottingham Law School in 2005. He went on to spend three years in the Paris and London offices of Eversheds.

For more than 10 years, he has advised a range of stakeholders in the construction and property industries on contentious and non-contentious matters. He conducts adjudications and high court litigation on behalf of developers, contractors and other participants, with a pragmatic and ‘thinking outside the box’ approach to settlement.

With years of experience of the enforcement of adjudication awards at the High Court, John has advised on matters relating to subsistence, liquidated damages claims, extensions of time/delays and a range of other matters. He has a great deal of experience in advising clients on property-related fraud and in providing commercial brokerage. John has been published in numerous journals and magazines.

Having gained her combined BA and MA Degree in Law at Università degli Studi di Padova in Veneto, Italy, and gone on to achieve a Graduate Diploma in Law at London’s BPP Law School, Cecilia joined Ridgemont in February 2020. With a focus on property and construction litigation, multi-lingual Cecilia also works to expand Ridgemont’s already thriving Italian desk.

How to Get in Contact

For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on +44 (0) 203 909 9590 or email us at contactus@ridgemont.co and a member of our commercial construction team will get back to you.

We specialise in construction law and real estate matters and have an excellent reputation across the country. We can assist wherever you are in the based and have offices in central London.