Construction Disputes

Our team of experienced construction dispute resolution professionals delivers high-quality pragmatic commercial advice tailored to your specific goals with the utmost cost-effectiveness.

Construction disputes are often multi-faceted with particular complexities arising from the nature of the multi-layered agreements common to construction projects. This complexity requires highly capable construction solicitors to be brought on board as soon as possible so that an effective litigation strategy can be implemented. Our early focus on outcomes driven by your commercial requirements will not only increase your prospects of success but it will also save both time and costs.

We act for all sectors of the construction industry including developers, high net worth individuals and other investors, construction companies (including main and sub-contractors) and construction professional service providers in the wide range of disputes that occur from inception to completion of a construction project.

A tailored approach to your dispute can produce prompt settlement without the need for protracted and expensive court proceedings often. We use the full spectrum of alternative dispute resolution including mediation, adjudication and arbitration to meet your objectives.

Representative Construction Disputes Work

Examples of our team’s construction disputes experience include:

  • Advised a large German contractor in connection with the defence of a substantial claim relating to alleged roofing defects in the distribution warehouse of a national supermarket chain, and then played a key role in the successful settlement discussions.
  • Advised the developer of 4 luxury townhouses in Hampstead (sold for £26m) on claims against contractors for defects in swimming pool membranes and other key issues, including soft and hard landscaping.
  • Advised an international construction company in relation to claims arising out of a North African hospitality development in was involved in.
  • Advised a high net worth individual on a successful claim for damages against a national property developer resulting from repudiatory breach of contract, defective works and liquidated damages.
  • Advised an international sub-contractor in a breach of contract and loss of profit claim arising from infrastructure work completed at the Salford Media Centre.
  • Advised a sub-contractor in a successful claim for retention monies and loss of profit against a well-known national property developer.
  • Advised on the successful dismissal of a winding up petition brought against a developer client by the main contractor after an Interim Award was issued by the Contract Administrator who then negligently failed to issue a Withholding Notice in accordance with the JCT deadline.

Key contacts:

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Colin Richman

Partner Dispute Resolution
Work 37-41 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 4898


Colin joined Teacher Stern in 1987. His current cases mainly involve landlord and tenant issues, secured lending recoveries, professional negligence claims, and real estate joint venture / co-ownership disputes. He heads the Real Estate Disputes and Loan & Security Enforcement teams across all areas of property and secured lending dispute work, and works with a number of key clients to co-ordinate and implement effective asset management strategies and loan portfolio recoveries.

His experience also includes construction claims, planning and compulsory purchase advice, contentious insolvency work, advising parties and tribunals in commercial arbitrations, intellectual property claims and technology disputes.

Representative Experience

Colin has:

  • Advised and acted for mortgagees and fixed charge receivers in connection with their commercial and residential investment loan portfolios.
  • Advised on and implemented strategies to enable site owners to secure vacant possession for redevelopment purposes.
  • Advised shopping centre landlords and asset managers in achieving successful outcomes to lease renewal programmes at major schemes.
  • Advised on numerous rent reviews and  arbitration awards.
  • Obtained substantial settlement in Technology and Construction Court action against specialist contractors for defective development works.
  • Advised and acted for landlords and lessees on substantial terminal tenancy dilapidations claims.

Career History

Partner, Teacher Stern

Partner, Portner and Jaskel 1985–87

Solicitor, then Partner, Farmar Miller 1982-85

Trained at Kaufman Kramer & Shebson 1980-82


Carmel College

St Catherine’s College Oxford

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