- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 12 Feb 2018
Avoiding and resolving disputes - review
In 2013, an NBS survey, the National Construction Contracts and Law Survey, found that 30% of firms had been involved in at least one dispute in the previous 12 months. As a consequence, there is enormous interest in construction disputes but this tends to focus on dispute resolution techniques rather than how to avoid them.
Bart Kavanagh, a chartered architect and non-practising barrister with more than 35 years in the industry, has written an excellent new pocketbook that will serve as a worthwhile primer for architecture students as well as a refresher for professionals.
The book provides a straightforward and easy-to-read guide to the essentials of construction disputes, which can often be ‘foreign territory’ for architects. It tackles the risks that practitioners may face, steps that can be taken to minimise them, and what to do when such risks develop into a dispute.
The book covers the typical reasons for disputes that tend to arise between parties on a project, and highlights some tips for avoiding them in the first place. Issues can often be informally negotiated as they arise, as the book explains, but sometimes this will be insufficient and full-blown disputes need to be handled more formally.
Throughout, the author arranges the topics in an accessible way with helpful checklists and important cases to remember. The most common alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options are described, from mediation to adjudication to litigation.
This succinct, no-nonsense guide will come in handy for architects of all levels of experience, as well as other professionals such as contractors or quantity surveyors who feel like familiarising themselves with the core concepts and processes.
To purchase the book, see RIBA Bookshops.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Alternative dispute resolution for construction ADR.
- Causes of construction disputes.
- How Buildings Work - review.
- Negotiation techniques.
Featured articles and news
A PQP describes the activities, standards, tools and processes necessary to achieve quality in a project's delivery.
How Lidl has been actively working to reinforce their brand through sustainability.
Association of British Insurers describe full-scale cladding tests as 'utterly inadequate'.
This article examines the changing policy commitments and evolving definitions of the zero carbon home.
Researchers believe they may have created a 'game-changing' new form of concrete using graphene.
Grouting refers to the injection of materials into a soil or rock formation to change its physical characteristics.
Part of Designing Buildings Wiki, BREEAM Wiki will advance knowledge sharing for the BRE family of sustainability tools.
From the decorative to the utilitarian, and from the photographed to the forgotten.
New BRE book considers the progression from project-based knowledge creation to whole-life urban knowledge management.
This CIOB article explores the concept of value in building design and construction.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' release new images of soon-to-open 3WTC tower in New York.
A document can be called a bond or a guarantee. Does the name matter and what is the difference between them?