• 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.


Construction Disputes

Bell Lax are specialist dispute-resolution solicitors acting for both Claimants and Defendants.

We act for clients across a wide spectrum of construction disputes ranging from defending local businesses against difficult consumers to bringing multi-million pound claims on behalf of national and international companies. These disputes have included contract disputes (including disputes subject to standard contracts such as JCT, NEC, MF/1 etc) and disputes where we have represented sub-contractors, contractors and employers in relation to high profile and prestigious civil projects.

Our broad array of cases enables us to see the dispute from both sides of the fence. This experience means we can often defuse a potentially costly dispute allowing everyone to agree a speedy resolution and continue with their commercial relationships.

Whether you are involved in procuring or delivering design, construction or operations, we can advise on all stages and any aspect of the process from inception through to completion and beyond to reduce and solve problems.

We will advise on the use of standard, modified and bespoke contracts for specific projects and the best way to minimise risk for you under those contracts documents. We can help agree contracts and sub-contracts and negotiate loss claims. Whenever defects or claims occur, we will quickly provide a comprehensive, practical and cost effective response which could include:

  • Negotiation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Adjudication
  • Arbitration
  • Injunctions
  • Conciliation
  • Litigation.

We have acted for claimants to purse damages for defective construction and building works against major construction companies, and as defendants for Construction clients in defending claims against them.

Claims include:-

  • Claims for defective works
  • Claims for delays, and variations
  • Claims for negligence against Architects & Surveyors
  • Disputes between developers/contractors
  • Claims for non payment
  • Enforcement 

If you have any legal disputes concerning construction or building issues call Richard Kerry or email richard.kerry@belllax.com.  

A sample of the claims we have been instructed on are listed below:-

RGB P&C Ltd v Victory House General Partner Ltd [2019] EWHC 1188 (TCC) 

Kendrick Construction Ltd v Kershaw Mechanical Services Ltd [2006] EWHC 727 (TCC)

Bovis Homes Ltd v Kendrick Construction Ltd [2009] EWHC 1359 (TCC)


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