• Bell Lax pioneered no win no fee arrangements for commercial disputes. If you lose, we lose, therefore we always fight for you.

  • Bell Lax pioneered no win no fee arrangements for commercial disputes. If you lose, we lose, therefore we always fight for you.

Dispute
Resolution

Construction Disputes Case Study 1

Bell Lax were instructed by a home owner to claim compensation for damage to her property due to water ingress. 

Bell Lax’s client purchased a new build apartment which subsequently began to suffer from severe water ingress and damp.  Prior to our instruction, the Defendants completed remedial works at the property on six separate occasions but failed to fully repair the defective balconies.  The client had previously retired due to ill health and the constant damp and mould, up to 3ft high, on her walls had caused a significant deterioration in her health. 

The claim was issued against the company that sold the property to her as well as the original builders who completed the majority of the repair works. The Defendants accepted that there were originally problems with the balconies. However, they argued that these had now all been repaired and that there were no longer any defects in the property so that our client had therefore suffered no loss. 

The claim raised complex issues in relation to quantum and causation as not only did the Defendants deny that further works were required but they also argued that the repeated remedial works had not reduced the value of our client’s home.

Bell Lax were able to negotiate a settlement of this matter so that our client received damages for further remedial works to be completed to her apartment, as well as a sum in respect of the diminution in value of the property due to the repeated water ingress.