Construction Disputes Solicitor in Leicester
  • Acting for sub-contractors
  • Arbitration
  • Pay-less notices
  • Commercial Development Disputes
  • JCT / NEC Contracts
  • Residential Home – disputes with builders
  • Party Wall Act Disputes

Construction / Building Disputes Solicitors

I’m Steven Mather and I’m an expert solicitor in Construction Contract Disputes. I have dealt with many construction contract disputes and every time I strive to provide:

  • Plain English Advice
  • Time – to understand your situation and all that you’re faced with
  • Results – we are driven to get the best possible result for you
  • Value – we work on fixed fees where possible
  • Convenience – meetings by phone, video call or in person at a time to suit you.

Urgent Construction Dispute Advice?

Do you have an urgent contract law matter?

Call me now for an appointment or book online. Ican usually see you within 24 hours.

What is a construction contract disputes?

A Construction Contract is, in fact, defined by legislation – Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act

What is a construction contract

In real terms a construction contract is any contract for the design or build of property.

There are a number of so-called Standard Form Contracts in use in the UK, such as:

  • JCT Contracts (Joint Contracts Tribunal)
  • NEC Contracts (New Engineering Contracts)
  • ACA (Association of Consultant Architects).

By far the most commonly used are the JCT contracts, and these can include:

  • DB: Design and build contract.
  • CE: Constructing Excellence contract.
  • CM: Construction management contract.
  • IFC: Intermediate form of building contract.
  • MC: Management building contract.
  • MTC: Measured term contract.
  • MW: Agreement for minor work.
  • PCC: Prime cost building contract.
  • MP: Major project construction contract.
  • RM: Repair and maintenance contract (commercial).
  • SBC: Standard Building Contract.

However, construction contracts can also be unwritten oral contracts – just a builder coming to your house, quoting for work and then carrying that work out. And it is these construction contracts which generally have more disputes.

My Builder/Tradesperson has done a bad job / not completed the work, what can I do?

Most of the building disputes I deal with are in fact simple breach of contract disputes. The tradesperson quoted £x for the job, you’ve ended up paying more, the workmanship is bad, the job isn’t finished, you don’t want to make the last payment – it’s a common story, sadly.

Whether there is a written contract such as a JCT Minor Works contract, or not, you have a number of rights as a consumer and generally.

My first suggestion is always to instruct an expert surveyor to visit the property and provide an Expert’s Report on the workmanship or remaining works.

If you’ve lost all faith in the Builder to complete the works properly, then your own option is to call the contract terminated by virtue of their breach, and sue them for damages – the amount of money required to put the job right.

Do you act for builders as well as homeowners?

Yes, in fact the split tends to be 50/50.

I’ve acted for a number of housebuilders and general construction companies, a lot of shopfitting companies, for instance.

I have been involved in a number of disputes, from complicated material defects claims, to unpaid invoices, payless notices, arbitration and, well pretty much anything relating to construction contracts and disputes. I really am a specialist construction contract disputes solicitor.

Why use me as a Construction Disputes Lawyer?

Steven Mather is a very experienced construction contracts disputes litigation solictor based in Leicester. I have dealt with hundreds of disputes, from a few thousand pounds up to multi-million pound disputes, since I qualified as a lawyer in 2008.

I can help you from start to finish. General steps in a building dispute might include:

  • 7 Day Letter
  • Letter of Claim / Letter before action
  • Obtaining expert evidence
  • Issuing or defending a claim either in High Court or County Court
  • Exploring settlement eg via mediation
  • Preparing for trial
  • Winning*
  • Enforcement of a CCJ

* In the interests of transparency, I don’t always win, but I like winning and I want to get you the very best result possible. Rest assured, I will fight your corner every step of the way.

Recent examples of building disputes

Here’s a sample of the kinds of construction contract disputes I’ve dealt with recently:

  • Various disputes with Builders/Gardners/Plumbers/Tradespeople
  • Dispute over a £40k kitchen
  • Unpaid invoices in relation to hotel fit outs
  • Unpaid invoices acting for various shopfitting companies against large chains and also main contractors.
  • Arbitration on a small private development
  • Arbitration on workmanship, delays and budget with main contractor
  • Claim against Builder worth £100,000
  • plus much more

How much do construction contract disputes cost?

There is quite a wide range in costs, as it depends on the value, complexity and other party’s actions. The following costs are estimates only and do not include disbursements such as Court Fees, Experts or Barristers costs. You will be given a bespoke estimate or fixed fee when we discuss your case.

A Letter of Claim in a building dispute is likely to cost between £150-1000 plus VAT.

Small Claims proceedings typically cost between £250-500 plus VAT to issue (plus a Court fee), and an average of £2,000-£4,000 plus VAT to Trial.

Fast Track claims (between £10,000-£50,000) can typically cost between £8,000 and £20,000 plus VAT to Trial.

Multi-Track Claims (over £50,000 up to £250,000) typically cost between £20,000 and £50,000 plus VAT.

Next Steps

If you’re unsure on the question of fees, or on any aspect of construction law disputes then speak to me a litigation solicitor in Leicester.

Just fill in the form on the side of this page, or give us a call to discuss further.

Instruct Me Now

To instruct a construction disputes specialist, contact me now.

Steven Mather

Building Disputes Solicitor

Call on 0116 3667 900 or email steven@stevenmather.co.uk