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.

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.