News and articles – Dispute Resolution
In an illustration of the legal tangle that building disputes can so easily become, the owner of a flat, who was fully entitled to sack a contractor who let him down, has nevertheless failed to win more than £27,000 in compensation for his financial losses.
In a salutary warning to buy-to-let landlords that they are exposed to the full ferocity of the marketplace, a depressed investor paid a heavy price for his persistent failure to keep up with his mortgage when a lender appointed receivers over his property within days of his discharge from a mental hospital.
What should a party to a dispute do when it considers it has a cast iron case? Can it simply ignore the benefits of mediation and proceed straight to a trial, confident in the strength of the case? Or, in addition to a review of the legal strength of their case, should they also be considering wider factors?
A small multi-use games area in a sleepy Sussex town is the focus of an important test case in which the Court of Appeal will be asked to analyse the extent to which noise, and its impact on homeowners, should influence planning decisions.