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Dispute Resolution – Construction Law

Construction Law

This is a specialist field of law in which few lawyers outside the large cities have any real experience. Working with a domestic building dispute is a far cry from the cut and thrust of commercial construction law and the construction sector.

Our knowledge of construction law derives from Principal, Matthew Dillon, having worked for FTSE 250 Contractors as an in-house lawyer for nine years between 2000 and 2009. In 2009 Matthew left the industry to resume his career in private practice, acting as a consultant for niche London based construction solicitors before setting up MJD Solicitors.

Matthew is familiar with the majority of standard form contracts and the argument and claims that bedevil the construction sector. All construction work is undertaken solely by Matthew who is experienced in both contentious and non contentious aspects of Construction Law.

As an in-house lawyer Matthew invariably acted for  large Main Contractors ensuring that they enjoyed commercial advantages over the supply chain. The majority of our work now is for subcontractors, small main contractors and developers.

We provide cost effective  pragmatic solutions to the construction sector, never losing sight of the commercial realities and the fact that cashflow is the lifeblood of the industry.

Construction Disputes

It is an unfortunate reality that disputes are a common occurrence within the construction industry. Although invariably there is some underlying cause to the dispute, all too often the evidence presented does not justify the claim made.

We have significant experience of working within the construction industry and fully understand the commercial pressures placed upon contractors and clients.

We have had much involvement in resolving construction and engineering disputes, including by way of adjudication, litigation and ADR.

We have worked with all aspects of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (Construction Act 1996 and Construction Act 2011), the Scheme for Construction Contracts and the Technology and Construction Court (both County Court and High Court). 

MJD Solicitors will, where instructed, try our utmost to resolve difference without formal recourse to Dispute Resolution in order to preserve working relations.

Having a good grasp of the law and procedure is not enough. It is vital that, from the outset, a client has realistic expectations and, where appropriate, an end plan. Strategic forward thinking is critical.

MJD Solicitors have had substantial exposure to an array of contractual forms and projects and have advised clients on disputes under contract, tort, nuisance and professional negligence.


Our experience of construction disputes covers:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Defects
  • Professional Negligence
  • Interim and Final Account Valuations
  • Withholding, Set Off and Abatement
  • Suspension and Determination
  • Extensions of Time and Loss & Expense
  • Delay disputes
  • Interpretation of Contractual Obligations
  • Variations
  • Misrepresentation
  • Insolvency
  • Quantum Meruit
  • Operational PFI Disputes
  • Facilities Management Disputes
  • JCT Contract Disputes
  • Liquidated Damages (LAD’s)

Recent work undertaken by MJD Solicitors includes:

  • Representing contractors  in Final Account Disputes within adjudication, court proceedings and adjudication enforcement within the TCC (Technology and Construction Court).
  • Represented clients pursuing a major developer for breach of contract after it transpired that the entire block in which their flat was situated suffered life threatening defects.
  • Represented clients pursuing structural engineers for professional negligence and breach of contract.
  • Representing developers pursuing contractors for breach of contract.

Matthew Dillon, Principal of MJD Solicitors has significant experience in representing Employers, Contractors and Subcontractors on a range of disputes from a few thousand pounds to several million pounds.

Matthew can be contacted here.

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