Construction disputes may arise for a number of reasons: for example between developer and contractor, owner and architect or main contractor and sub-contractor.
In each of these instances, the parties often want a positive result of specific performance (i.e. for the contract to be performed), rather than a remedy of a money payment by way of damages. This is more likely to be achieved in mediation than at court or arbitration.
Landlord and tenant, boundary and neighbour disputes often relate to practical issues that are better discussed with a pragmatic approach. Sometimes emotions can run high and my intervention as a mediator can help the parties to step back and gain a better perspective on the dispute. If a truly practical approach is taken, it may be a good idea to look at what is happening on the ground and to arrange a site visit.