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    We were instructed to bring a claim against the designer in relation to a listed barn conversion, which our client had purchased with the benefit of planning permission and listed building consents and planned to convert into a new family home. However, the designer failed to ensure that the conditions were discharged or that relevant permissions were sought before works began, resulting in a stop notice being imposed (causing severe delays to the project) and large parts of the works proving to be wholly abortive.

    We were instructed to deal with the termination of the existing contract and to claim against the designer (and his professional indemnity insurers) for the severe financial losses that our client suffered in consequence of the designer’s breaches, both in respect of the costs caused by the delays and in having to put right the unauthorised works, which were severely deficient and contrary to the listed building consents.

    Following negotiations with the defendant and its insurer, the matter proceeded to mediation, leading to a settlement on favourable terms being reached without recourse to court proceedings.

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    Our highly experienced construction lawyers resolve construction disputes at an early stage. Where formal legal processes are required, we minimise the disruption, ensure their cost-effectiveness and get you the best commercial result.

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    The strength of our team lies in our experience of working on both sides of this market. We act for individuals and businesses wishing to pursue claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants, architects, surveyors and financial advisers. But we have also had many years’ previous experience defending such professionals, on the instructions of their insurers. And we know how the related routes for addressing complaints work, through our experience of the various Ombudsman Schemes.

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