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What is a building dispute?

Building disputes arise because of disagreements between the parties on a contract. They are due to a perceived or real violation of a construction contract and the obligations set forth therein.

The importance of seeking legal advice as soon as possible is to prevent further escalation of the dispute and reduce additional delays and financial costs.

Building disputes arise for many reasons, but the most common causes are:

  • Unsatisfactory materials used by builders
  • Professional negligence (builders, contractors, architects, surveyors, engineers)
  • Building contract errors
  • Payment owed
  • Work carried out by contractors or traders that is unspecified in the contract
  • Unfinished work
  • Building work running late or delayed
  • A verbal agreement with a builder
How can I resolve a building dispute?

The way you resolve a building dispute varies depending on the specifics of your case and what you look to achieve. Some businesses simply want the conflict to be defused. Whereas, other companies may want to take a more ruthless approach and want to be reimbursed or enforce punitive measures on the other side.

Every matter is different, and you will need to weigh up what’s important to you and your business before taking action.

Our solicitors will always advise you to seek legal advice when involved in a building dispute. Even if you are confident in what you want you to achieve, it’s essential to understand your options and the risks involved.

How much will it cost to resolve a building dispute?

Each case is different, which is why we offer an untimed time initial consultation priced at £108 including VAT at which stage your solicitor will provide an estimate for:

  • How long they expect it will take to achieve your desired outcome
  • How much you can expect to pay
  • The work that is involved, for example, drafting and sending a letter before action, going through mediation or filing the case at court

Should you choose to instruct our firm, we will write to you confirming our fee estimate.

If your case needs to be referred to a court, there may be additional administration fees (printing, bundle assembly and postage), as well as any relevant court fees payable to the court.

If a matter is settled after a letter before action is sent, it may cost as little as £400 plus VAT. However, a dispute that proceeds to court could charge over £10,000 plus VAT.

How long does it normally take to resolve a building dispute?

The time frame will entirely depend on the type and complexity of the building dispute. To get an accurate estimate of the time frame of your case, you will need to have a consultation with one of our specialist building dispute solicitors.

A straightforward commercial building dispute that settles in the early stages can be resolved in as little as 1 to 2 weeks.

A complex building dispute with many facets could take 12 months or more to remedy.

Key stages involved in a building dispute

Depending on your matter, a typical case would involve:

  1. Initial consultation to understand your matter
  2. Review of the terms and conditions of the contract
  3. Advising on the contract, the breaches, your dispute and evidence needed regarding your claim
  4. Drafting and sending a letter before action to the other side outlining your claim and position
  5. Dealing with the response, if any
  6. Drafting and finalising your particulars of claim
  7. Issuing your claim at the court
  8. Dealing with the defence from the other side
  9. Progressing through the standard litigation court process
  10. Settling the claim out of court or going to trial if no settlement can be reached
  11. Enforcing the judgement if it’s in your favour or appealing any decision if unsuccessful, if there is reason to believe this would be successful

Not every case will go through all of these stages. Many cases will be resolved after stage 4 if the evidence is compelling, and the breach is clear.

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Britton and Time is proudly regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and our solicitors believe in offering no nonsense, common sense advice with up-front pricing. We do this through our 6-point service guarantee:


We will offer fixed fees where possible, and if not, we will state clearly what your case is estimated to cost, alongside hourly rate options so you can judge what works for you


We will inform you when we know there will be third party costs to be paid. If additional third party payments are required, we will always seek your approval first


We will let you know how long your case will take, what delays you can expect, and our solicitors will always reply to you in a timely manner


We bill every month, with detailed accounts of what you are being charged for. Our solicitors are happy to discuss if you have any questions about your bill.


Before work starts, we will tell you what work needs to be done to reach the best outcome for you, and what your options are once you reach that point


We never take on cases we do not feel we can do justice and if your case does not need a solicitor, we will tell you just that and advise you what your options are

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