When clients are facing a dispute we discuss with them at the outset their key questions such as ‘Are we going to win?’ ‘What’s it going to cost?’ ‘How long will it take?’ and ‘What would you do if you were us?’ before we go ahead.
You need to know answers to these questions up front whenever you instruct lawyers. We do not carry out work which is unnecessary, and we stay within estimates which are realistic and commercial.
All of our senior construction lawyers are trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution. An early commercial assessment of all claims, including the cost of formal dispute resolution and the alternatives available is fundamentally important. The courts insist on this process taking place. Sometimes sensible commercial resolution is not possible and formal dispute resolution is required.
We specialise in, and recommend, early strategic legal and tactical advice as soon as our clients realise a project is not going well or they identify the potential for claims. This enables us to settle disputes on a sound commercial footing, as they arise. Major developers and contractors retain us on this basis.
Gone are the days of ‘whatever’s on the clock’. We price our work on a realistic and commercial basis, estimating everything in advance. We are always prepared to discuss capped or fixed fees, particularly for non-contentious work.
Our expertise and competitive rates mean we can often make a big difference in cost sensitive disputes.
Our resources mean we can also handle the largest claims very effectively, whatever the forum, giving clients commercial certainty and achieving very substantial savings on legal spend.