Construction Lawyer for Building Work
Legal Advice & Legal Services For
Homeowners and Builders
The construction lawyer offers construction dispute dispute resolution and legal advice for builders, contractors and home owners.
There are plenty of solicitors for building disputes and construction law solicitors, who claim to be solicitors specialising in building disputes, but few have worked in the construction industry.
Similarly, there are chartered surveyors who deal with construction dispute resolution who have little practical experience of the law. Our construction lawyer offers the best of both worlds.
Growing up around and working in property development, renovation, design and build projects, conversion projects and domestic extensions, gives a practical insight into the real causes of building work disputes.
Renowned for straight talking practical and strategic advice on all aspects of the construction or development process on a wide range of projects including: home extensions, refurbishment and homes improvements to loft and basement conversions and hotels and leisure centres.
This has led to us being widely considered as leading specialists for both builders rights and obligations as well as home owner legal advice regarding builders and home improvements.
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Construction contracts terms & conditions
In construction contracts and building projects time is often of the essence. Anticipating and dealing with delays to the completion date, reaching agreement on variations and of course resolving conflict and disputes is crucial.
Often the absence of adequate construction contracts terms and conditions setting out what is to be done, when and for how much is the catalyst for problems later on.
Building, home improvement contracts should be clear, unambiguous and capable of guiding building firms and consumer’s alike.
Stormcatcher construction industry legal services have evolved to meet this need offering accessible, affordable and understandable legal services and advice from a construction lawyer experienced in dealing with all manner of construction project disputes, including conversions, renovation agreement and general building work contracts
Construction contract legal advice
building work disputes resolution
Our construction lawyer is experienced in construction dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation and arbitration for all aspects of building work disputes. Invariably a quicker and cheaper than litigation, resolving building disputes out of court using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is successful in most cases offering flexible solutions for real world problems.
Building work disputes and problems with home improvements usually arise from one or more of 4 reasons.
Quality of the building work: the consumer rights act states that the work should be carried out with reasonable care and skill or to a poor standard. Often this can be obvious, but may vary in severity from snagging which is a usual part of the construction projects to unfinished or substandard work.
This can also include cheap or poor quality materials, goods and fittings.
Building work or fixtures not as described: usually home extensions , loft conversions, basement conversions, kitchens etc have architectural plans, detailed schedule of works and specifications which describe the client’s expectations.
Kitchens will have been planned, the cabinets, work surfaces, appliances, tiles and finishes will have been agreed and form part of the contract. If the goods are not as described, disputes arise potentially leading to claims for breach of contract
Delays and payment
Unsurprisingly, money is at the centre of most construction disputes involving JCT building contracts or general construction contracts.
With Quantity surveyors, Architects and project management firms working for the client to try and ensure the completion date and, standards of workmanship and met while trying to cut costs, emotions can run high, especially involving extras and measure and value contracts.
We work with building contractors to resolve disputes with the minimum of disruption to the program and mitigating the exposure to financial risk.
builders rights and obligations
The construction lawyer represents and accepts instructions from builders and home owners. Builders and contractors have the right to access the property to carry out the work and of course the right to be paid. On the other hand home owners have the right to expect the work to be of a certain standard, completed within a reasonable time and for a reasonable price.
Terminating a construction contract prematurely or without adequate grounds can itself become a breach of contract.
If you are having problems with building work getting legal advice early and before you kick the contractor off the job or the builder suspends work or walks off the job can prove invaluable.