Negligence in construction – whether it is committed on the part of engineers, builders, electricians, plumbers, architects or other parties – can have serious implications and may result in significant inconvenience as well as financial loss.

Furthermore, whether the negligence occurs on a residential or commercial site, in some instances it may actually lead to personal injury or property damage – consequences which could well lead to the involvement of the Health and Safety Executive or even criminal prosecution. Additionally, construction negligence claims may be brought under the Defective Premises Act 1972.

The Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes

The Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes was brought in to reduce the burden on the court system and to improve the dispute resolution process for both claimants and defendants.

The protocol seeks to be as fair, transparent and amicable as possible and applies in all but the most exceptional of situations (section 108 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 outlines these). Parties to a dispute are obliged to use the instrument before proceeding to the court room, usually the Technology and Construction Court.

The Pre-Action Protocol has considerable influence, and courts may impose adverse cost orders on those who fail to comply with its findings – see the case of Bovis Homes Ltd v Kendrick Construction Ltd.

Construction negligence claims specialists

Oratto's specialist member lawyers can provide advice and representation with the full range of construction negligence claim issues, including the following:

  • Plumbing and boiler defects
  • Roofing negligence
  • Scaffolding negligence
  • Electrician negligence
  • Surveyor negligence
  • Builder negligence
  • Engineer negligence
  • Damp proofing or insulation negligence
  • Building foundation negligence
  • Loft conversions or extensions negligence

Find the right professional negligence lawyer with Oratto

When a construction professional fails and is perceived to have provided a substandard service, the client may seek to claim damages for any resultant financial loss.

Oratto's specialists in construction negligence claims work right across the country and all share a commitment to the Oratto Member Lawyer Code, ensuring you the very highest standards of service. So, wherever you are and whatever your needs, we can empower you to make an intelligent and informed choice regarding your legal advice and representation – helping you take control.

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