Nobody wants to be involved in a construction dispute. They take time, money and effort to resolve, all of which would normally be better spent addressing other more useful business objectives. We have an excellent track record in the successful resolution of a full range of construction disputes through alternative dispute resolution, adjudication, domestic and international arbitration, technology and Construction Court litigation.
If a construction dispute does arise, you need pragmatic and commercial input and legal advice on the most appropriate, efficient and cost effective method of resolution.
Our sector knowledge gives us the ability to give you robust commercial legal advice that takes account of recent case law and the realities of the construction industry.
Having promoted the various forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution for many years our construction dispute resolution lawyers have experience of mediation, conciliation, expert determination, dispute review boards and early neutral evaluation. The team also has trained mediators who can use their experience to resolve discourse through negotiation before a situation becomes entrenched.
Adjudication is now regularly being used for larger value and more complex issues and this means skill and judgement needs to be exercised in how the issues, both legal and factual, are presented. We pride ourselves upon persuasive and timely submissions containing coherent and measured arguments tailored for the speed and nature of the adjudication process.
We are able to provide a comprehensive adjudication service. We can advise you upon your legal position, draft the submissions, assist in negotiations, conduct any advocacy required and advise upon tactics. We have established links with trusted experts who are able to provide quantity surveying, architectural, engineering and programming advice promptly.
We also assist our clients with cross-border claims disputes, e.g. where the construction project or one of the parties is located in another country. We are experienced in advising on jurisdiction and "choice of law clauses" and international arbitration. If necessary, we can help find an appropriate lawyer in another country to assist. We were founding members of the Association of European Lawyers and are also long-standing members of Eurojuris.
VWV has an ability to "present a reassuring 'big firm' image and yet offer a personal service."