Construction disputes—new starter guide
Construction disputes—new starter guide

The following Construction guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Construction disputes—new starter guide
  • The work of a construction disputes lawyer
  • The types of dispute that commonly arise
  • Forms of dispute resolution—overview
  • Adjudication
  • Dispute boards
  • Technology and Construction Court litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Alternative dispute resolution

This Practice Note provides an introductory guide to construction disputes, aimed at trainee solicitors and others who are new to construction disputes. It looks at the work of a construction disputes lawyer and the types of dispute that commonly arise on construction projects, and explains the basics of adjudication, dispute boards, litigation in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC), construction arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

We recommend that you read Practice Note: Construction law—new starter guide, which provides information on the basic principles of construction law and the nature of construction projects, before reading this guide.

The content of this Practice Note is also available in the form of a PowerPoint presentation and speaker notes—see: Introduction to construction disputes—training materials. You may also wish to read Practice Note: Dispute Resolution—new starter guide, which looks at dispute resolution more generally.

The work of a construction disputes lawyer

Construction lawyers involved in disputes work (sometimes referred to as contentious or back-end work) are commonly required to assist clients with a mix of advisory, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution work. For example, a client may instruct a lawyer:

  1. when an issue has arisen on a project, in order to obtain advice as to its rights under the construction contract and consider the next steps

  2. in relation to a claim that has been made under