A Guide to Dealing with Disputes
Builders are usually in a strong position, as ownership of materials can be retained until payment is received and generally know exactly where the client's property is. If payment is not made you can look to reclaim the materials or potentially the property.
To help you, we have put together free information to deal with disputes without the need to incur the costs of a lawyer, unless and until the matter gets complicated, or beyond your expertise. In the same way you would not recommend a lawyer to re-plumb or re-wire your house, we do not recommend you run all of your own litigation. However, in the early stage of pursuing a customer for non-payment, the issues will often relate more to building matters than legal points.
The guide is designed for smaller and more general disputes. We strongly recommend you instruct a solicitor to take over the case as soon as you feel you may be getting out of your depth. Legal action can be very stressful and can often take up a vast amount of time, when it is not your specialty. It has also been the result of a greatly reduced cashflow, for many businesses when their focus is taken away from the main business.