Mediation for Construction Disputes
A construction dispute can either grind your operations to a halt, or be just another bump in the road. Disputes are fairly common in the field of construction, and they are not always simple matters. When a dispute arises, you’ll need to gather every document and piece of evidence you have to prove your side of the story.
A construction consultant can be quite helpful during this process, as they have usually been through disputes similar to your own. Consultants will help you look at all of your documents, and figure out which pieces of evidence are most important to you.
Mediation takes place between two parties that have a dispute, and a neutral third party. The job of the mediator is to help both parties come to some settlement that will be mutually beneficial. Mediation sessions are a lot like counseling, with both parties airing grievances and showing proof on their own behalf.
Sessions last for a few hours, and may stretch over the course of several days. Sessions usually don’t end until an agreement has been reached, but deadlocks can occur if neither party is willing to compromise.
Tips and Advice
Consult construction advisory services for legal advice, but we can offer some tips on how to approach a mediation. First, gather everything you can to defend yourself. Second, try to keep compromise in mind. It may be difficult to keep an open mind against someone antagonistic, but remember the final piece of advice: it’s often better to maintain a relationship than it is to try and go for the biggest payout.
– Lyle Charles Consulting offers construction advisory services for commercial and residential projects. If you need permits, advice or project management services, contact Lyle Charles.