Disputes

Opportunities for arguments are endless. Disputes frequently occur in connection with constructional activities: is the floor as level as it should be, how much material has been dug out? Boundaries are another common source of friction.

Expert investigation, in cases where the problem is likely to end up in Court, are undertaken by our associate business, Survey Consultancy Services, and handled by Mr. C. Mills, FRICS.

" .. early arrangements for an independent survey at appropriate intervals can provide advice and early warning of possible future difficulties before they occur."

Whenever possible, prior actions should be taken to avoid situations becoming contentious. In construction matters making early arrangements for an independent survey at appropriate intervals can provide advice and early warning of possible future difficulties before they occur. In this way both parties to a contract can take suitable action to remedy matters before they lead to problems and confrontation.

With boundaries, if no dispute has arisen but there are uncertain matters which might lead to a dispute, an independent overview of the situation might enable both parties to avoid subsequent acrimonious exchanges and litigation. All too often it becomes apparent that a dispute has escalated simply because both parties had misunderstood the meaning of plans or documents. Once positions have been taken it is exceedingly difficult to resolve the matter amicably and without punative cost.