Building & Construction Disputes
As a firm of Chartered Building Surveyors and Chartered Project Managers Record Associates regularly provide advice on a range of building and construction disputes including:
- Building & construction contract disputes
- Professional negligence disputes
- Building defects disputes
- Defective workmanship disputes
- Party wall disputes
Building and construction disputes can be very difficult to unravel as some projects are often commenced without any formal paperwork or the key events and communications are poorly documented against which to assess and benchmark performance. Often paperwork is ambiguous or unclear and there may be legitimate reasons for delays to have occurred or works to have been undertaken in a certain manner.
Unravelling this and getting to the heart of the dispute can therefore be challenging so we focus on the key issues, establishing a clear chronology of events and separating facts from opinion or conjecture in arriving at a position in a full, honest and non-partisan manner so as to determine the best course of action.
Acting in a non-partisan manner is a critical factor to all the advice we provide as, despite best endeavours, disputes may still need to be settled by a court or tribunal so need to be in accordance with the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), the RICS Practice Statement, “Surveyors acting as expert witnesses” and any other RICS practice statements or pre-action protocols.
All advice will be led by our Julian Record, a Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Project Manager with over 20 years experience within the property and construction industry. Julian has authored for JCT News (www.jctltd.co.uk) and written several articles on aspects of building and construction.
Julian has also completed the RICS accredited Legal Experience Training Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence and has prepared several CPR compliant RICS Expert Witness reports either for one party to the dispute or, both parties as a Single Joint Expert.
If you would like to discuss your situation on a confidential basis please contact our Julian Record and he would be delighted to assist.