Here at Van Eaton solicitors, we advise clients, institutions, investors, developers, public and local authorities to enable them to deliver on their construction projects as efficiently and effectively as possible. We’re also on hand to provide affordable expert legal assistance to clients, customers or tenants. We can provide you with help when dealing with construction law in London.
Our dedicated team is available to regularly advise on all aspects of the construction process, from settlements and negotiations to litigation and arbitration. Whether you’re in real estate or wanting advice on infrastructure projects, our construction lawyers will offer legal advice on construction and engineering issues such as:
- Building & Construction Contracts/Sub-Contracts
- Letters of Intent
- Development agreements
- Professional Appointments
- Collateral warranties and third party rights
- Performance guarantee
Types of dispute
Our experienced team can help you with a wide range of construction disputes, such as:
- Latent and patent defects in the quality of work and materials
- Project delays, such as time extension requests, claims for loss and expense, delays to final payments plus many more
- Contract novations and assignments
- Interpretation of standard terms, such as JCT, ICE, NEC, and FIDIC
- Insurance disputes, such as contractor’s all risks, NHBC type warranties, public and employer’s liability and more
Legal issues relating to defective property or building work:
With any disputes surrounding health and safety or the construction of the building, we’re on hand to assist both tenants and property owners. We provide bespoke legal advice on building regulation compliance and claims under the Defective Premises Act 1972. Claims will be dealt with on time and within your budget.
Sometimes it is difficult to know who is responsible for defects in your property. Our expertise means we can give you straightforward advice on who you should claim against.
Our aim is to resolve disputes before they end up in court, enabling you to move forward without the risk and uncertainty of litigation hanging over you.
Developers and builders are required by law to comply with a wide range of rules. This includes matters such as building structure, fire safety, damp and soundproofing, use of toxic substances, and drainage.
If you believe your property does not follow these standards, we are happy to discuss the matter with you during a free consultation. Following an assessment of your case, we will:
- Work in conjunction with expert chartered surveyors to firmly establish whether the building is compliant
- Strategically advise you on who you can claim against for the noncompliance. For example, the seller or the local authority, and initiate proceedings on your behalf
- Establish why the local authority has assessed a non-compliant building as properly constructed, and take appropriate action
Defective premises dispute lawyers in Greater London
We pursue claims under the Defective Premises Act 1972 on behalf of individuals who have suffered loss or damage as a result of purchasing or occupying the substandard property. Our experience handling civil litigation claims means we can assist with:
- Claims made by purchasers who discover that work carried out on the property by a previous owner has resulted in defects to the property that needs repairing
- Claims by tenants who have been injured or have suffered financial loss as a result of a failure by their landlord to repair and maintain the property
Our lawyers are well-equipped with skills in negotiation and drafting procedures and have substantial experience in dealing with dispute resolution for construction law in London.
We have various examples of successful construction cases that we have settled, including when:
- Our client owned a 900-year lease on a London flat. The freeholder, a local authority, failed utterly to comply with its responsibility to keep the property in a good state of repair. This meant our client was living in disgraceful conditions. We obtained substantial damages against the council and ensured full repairs were made to the property.
- We recently settled a claim for a six-figure sum on behalf of a client whose landlord’s building works rendered his property uninhabitable. We also ensured the client was rehoused while remedial works were carried out, and that the landlord paid their temporary accommodation rent.
Van Eaton Solicitors specialising in construction law in London.