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CHAPTER 1 Introduction to construction disputes

Law of Construction Disputes, The

Page 1 CHAPTER 1 Introduction to construction disputes Applicable principles of law Construction by its very nature is a complex undertaking involving numerous trades and disciplines all working under what is usually a “tight budget” and with time constraints for completion – all of which lead to the possibility of conflict and disputes arising as to time, quality, delay, and a myriad other complications. The law relating to these “construction disputes” or, as more commonly known in England and Wales, “construction law”, arises from the fact that this particular field of endeavour tends to generate a large volume of disputes arising from the actual Works themselves, the performance of the professionals prior to the Works (e.g. architects, engineers, surveyors and then the contractor) and its interactions with both these professionals and the employer.

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