Practical solutions when complicated issues arise in construction projects.

Construction Disputes


Building projects can be highly profitable, but when they go wrong proving who is responsible for the mess and what compensation should be paid can be complicated, time consuming and expensive. There may be practical issues around completing the construction work or preserving the property until it can be completed. Our specialist property lawyers have over many years acted successfully for builders, property developers, joint venturers, architects, surveyors, structural engineers and building owners.

Whether it is a large development or a house extension, whether the dispute relates to defective works or non payment we will take time to understand the full history of the matter with a view to working out what is at the heart of the dispute. We will go through the various options with you including adjudication, arbitration, mediation, negotiation or litigation before providing you with clear, practical advice as to the most cost effective solution. We recognise that in a lot of cases these disputes can be a significant and unwanted distraction from your core business so that the sooner we can resolve the dispute on reasonable terms the better.

If the resolution of the dispute requires restructuring of any corporate vehicles used in connection with the development project we will be able to call upon the skills and experience of our Commercial & Corporate team.

For advice on your construction dispute or any other commercial litigation matter call, email or request a call back from one of our specialist property dispute lawyers.

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Jane Crosby

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Jane Crosby

Jane specialises in commercial litigation and employment law acting for both employers and employees in both contentious and non-contentious matters. She has also over recent years carved out something of a niche in the field of mobile homes legislation acting for an owner with a number of sites.

Having studied geography at University College London Jane worked for a number of years in the aviation industry which has given her a real insight into the challenges faced by most businesses. Jane qualified as a Solicitor in 2004 before joining Hart Brown in 2011 and becoming a Partner in July 2018. Not only is Jane our specialist in employment law but she is also a prolific blogger within Hart Brown. You can find many of her articles on the 'News' section of the website.

Jane often receives praise from her clients:

“I appreciated the clarity of advice given at a stressful time”.

“A sensitive and highly professional approach and efficient work in the interests of the client”.

“Your advice, conduct and assistance have been indeed outstanding and very professional but also – and most importantly – very humane”.

And outside work:

1. What was your first car?

Mini Metro – I did not drive it much as it was always on the back of a tow truck.

2. Where is your favourite travel destination?

San Francisco because it has a relaxed atmosphere.

3. What advice would you give to a trainee solicitor starting their career now?

Be certain of the choices that you make.

Simon Wood

Barrister, Dispute Resolution

Barrister, Dispute Resolution

Simon Wood

Simon is a barrister within our Dispute Resolution department having been called to the bar in 1987. He was a tenant in chambers in the Middle Temple for ten years where he had a broad practice in general commercial and civil litigation before increasingly specialising in property litigation. Before he joined Hart Brown in June 2012 he was in private practice in central London.

Simon has substantial expertise in all aspects of property disputes as well as property related professional negligence claims and insolvency.

Simon is a trained mediator and a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution as a way of resolving claims. He is also a member of the Property Litigation Association in the Middle Temple.

And outside work …

What is your favourite film?
Ferris Bueller’s day off.

What are your interests outside of work?
Running a small holding which includes pigs, bees and chickens. Sailing and cycling (but not at the same time!).

What would you have done if you had not become a lawyer?
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"Simon proved invaluable in resolving a difficult situation. His legal advice was consistently clear and concise and he demonstrated a sound grasp of the overall strategy."

Simon Wood, Barrister, Dispute Resolution