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When you decide to enter into a building project, whether a loft conversion, an extension or a new build property it can be an exciting time. You will probably research your tradesmen, get references and obtain quotes and then keep everything crossed that all goes according to plan and on time.

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Sometimes things do go wrong and you can be left with a poorly executed or incomplete building project. Whatever the circumstances of the dispute with your builder, we can help you to bring it to a swift conclusion in a manner that is acceptable to you.

Resolving Builder Disputes

Exploring Alternatives to Litigation in Building Disputes


There are several options open to you if you are in a dispute with your builder.

If there is an arbitration clause in the building contract for the building works, the parties will have to refer the claim to arbitration and allow the arbitrator to reach a decision on the matters in dispute.

The next matter is to consider (where available) referring the claim to adjudication. This is most likely the swifter and most cost effective route. It is not however legally binding on the parties and if the claim of the adjudicator is not accepted by the parties, court proceedings can be pursued to resolve the dispute. 

An alternative route is mediation. You and your builder will be in a room with a mediator, who is trained to work with parties in dispute to try to facilitate a settlement. The mediator will do all they can to bring the dispute to a satisfactory conclusion for both parties. Mediation has a number of benefits – it is much quicker than taking your case to court, and it is also less costly than a court case would be.

However, there are a couple of issues that may stop you from going down the mediation route. The first is that both parties have to agree to take part. If your builder decides that they do not want to be involved, they do not have to. This leaves you no option but to litigate.

We will discuss the process and the associated costs with you in detail, so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed.

Building Dispute Resolution

How Our Andover Law Firm Can Guide You Through Builder Disputes


Our Andover law firm has helped many other people in similar disputes with their builder and we can help you bring your dispute to resolution.

You may have concerns about how much it will cost to instruct a solicitor especially considering the money you have already committed into your building project, but we can discuss all of your options with you in detail when you come in to see us.

Don’t just accept poor work from your builder, there is something you can do so contact us now to explore your options with no obligation.

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  • We decided to use a local solicitor for our recent house sale and purchase. Despite it becoming a much more complex and pro longed matter. Christopher Taylor provided excellent service throughout his advice was clear and concise and he always found time to talk through options and next steps. He dealt very well with the less than helpful solicitors used by the other parties too. Highly recommend.

    Gareth Brown
  • I was looking for a firm to assist my mother, my sister and myself with the drafting of new wills. I am so pleased we chose this firm. Tom Maxted-Pettman put us all at ease, talked through our options in language we understood and arranged it all with the minimum of inconvenience to us. We got a highly professional service for a reasonable fee. I would recommend this firm to anybody needing legal assistance.

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  • Thank you for all your support and advice over the last 24 months. It has been truly appreciated and you have all worked hard to make things as simple and painless as possible whilst maintaining my intention to keep things civil in order to preserve the best relationship for our daughter. Your support and guidance has been truly invaluable.

  • I instructed Julian Cole at short notice for some legal advice on a Settlement Agreement which was carried out swiftly, helpfully and efficiently. I was recommended you by a family friend and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone else enquiring.

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Contact Us to Find Out How We Can Help Resolve Your Building Dispute

Speak to our experienced disputes and litigation team to help you resolve your building dispute. Call us on 01264 353 411, email or complete our online enquiry form.