We act for Builders, Developers, Building Owners and Contractors. Building disputes are a type of contract dispute. They are frequently “fact sensitive” which means that essential facts are in dispute, such as scope of the original contract; extras and variations; standard of works; reasons for withholding payment or reasons leaving site. When essential facts cannot be agreed they have to be determined by a Court or an Arbitrator giving rise to cost, delay and uncertainty. This means that Building Disputes are often difficult to resolve at proportionate cost.

Our approach

Karslakes provide clients with an early prognosis, often working with specialist surveyors to value claims and narrow issues. We focus on client outcomes. Clients generally want quick resolution so they can receive payment or have works completed. However, there is often conflict between these objectives and positions taken over differing views of the facts.

We apply a variety of approaches to resolving Building Disputes ranging from negotiation through to expert determination, mediation, arbitration or court proceedings.

How we can help you

We recommend that clients seek advice when they become concerned something is going wrong. To facilitate this we offer an initial assessment without commitment. We arrange a telephone conference during which we provide an initial assessment of your position & options and an indication of what will be involved in time and cost.  Please email brief details of the matter and your contact telephone number to:

David Yeates at dyeates@karslakes.com


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