NO WIN/NO FEE OFFER SEEKS TO SHAKE UP CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION
A law firm is looking to disrupt the already feisty world of construction litigation by introducing a no win/no fee service for construction companies.
Solicitors BWL Consulting is working with quantity surveyors Govericks and Acasta European Insurance to bring no win/no fee adjudication to the construction industry.
They says that they are targeting construction companies who feel they have a legitimate dispute or claim but lack the confidence to take it further for fear of spiralling legal costs.
BWL will review each case on its own merits and then refer the matter to Acasta, to see if it will provide insurance cover.
BWL Consulting director Paul Benson said: “This will revolutionise the way that the adjudication process is financially de-risked for construction businesses, as it creates a resource to assess the merit of their dispute before deciding on the next steps, on a contingency basis.
“Our solicitors are experts in construction law and combined we have over 25 years’ experience in this area. We specialise in adjudication and litigation and have a dedicated team to work on the disputes that come from this new product.”
Richard Beckwith, head of dispute resolution at BWL Consulting, added: “We are aware that contractors do not follow formal adjudication procedures due to the fear of increasing legal and adjudicator’s fees, even if they have a strong case.
“Our insurance-backed solution provides the confidence contractors need to follow up a dispute when they know they are entitled to claim. The added expertise from our construction consultancy services team and partners creates a complete solution source for businesses, adding that extra assurance that sets us aside from the competition.
“For the first time, this creates a level playing field for construction businesses of all sizes to follow adjudication proceedings.”
NUMBER OF FURLOUGHED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FALLING FASTER THAN WIDER ECONOMY
Number of furloughed construction workers falling faster than wider economy Latest HMRC data shows size industry’s furloughed workforce shrank by 15% in March The numbe ...
WILL THEY COME BACK? WHY BRITISH CONSTRUCTION LOST ITS EASTERN EUROPEAN WORKFORCE
In recent weeks, a persistent rumour has been circulating about migrant workers in construction. The specifics differ, but the central premise is the same: ‘foreign workers have taken the govern ...
CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT GROWS BY 1.6% IN FEBRUARY
Construction output grew by 1.6% in February 2021, largely thanks to a 1.5% increase in new work and 1.9% increase in repair and maintenance, as the industry maintains its recovery The level of constr ...
IR35: RISHI SUNAK URGED TO AMEND ‘FLAWED’ OFF-PAYROLL RULES TO ENSURE SELF-EMPLOYED RIGHTS
IR35 LEGISLATION must be re-examined to correct the "fundamentally flawed" nature of how off-payroll rules operate, a group of MPs have said. IR35 changes kicked in this month, following a year of del ...
FREE HOME TESTING COVID KITS NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL CONTRACTORS
Construction companies can now order free Covid test kits for workers to use at home. The extension of the workplace testing regime will supply home test kits to companies with over 10 workers where ...
EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
With Brexit, Covid, and new tax rules for the self-employed, this year sees a plethora of significant changes in the field of employment law. Here is a recap of what you need to know. 1. End of furlou ...