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Construction Dispute Resolution

Construction disputes present significant challenges to all of the parties concerned. These disputes often involve complex and multifaceted issues, affect several parties and have numerous potential causes. The stakes can be high, from financial losses caused by cost overruns, delays to completion dates or defective work or materials, to reputational damage due to allegations of poor project management or poor quality construction. Additional risks arise from failing to adequately address construction, safety and business issues.
Blakes has developed a well-deserved reputation for its effective, efficient and practical resolution of construction disputes. Taking a practical, results-oriented approach, we focus on our clients’ goals, consider the issues and risks, and determine the best course of action, whether litigation, arbitration, mediation or negotiated settlement.

Clients come to Blakes because of our significant expertise in every aspect of construction litigation. We have appeared before all levels of the courts, handling trials and appeals, and in alternative dispute resolution forums, including international and domestic arbitrations. Representing local, national and international clients in construction disputes, Blakes has represented building and facility owners, developers, engineers, architects, contractors, trades, suppliers, insurers and mortgagees.
Group members have been retained on complex construction cases involving design-build contracts, delay claims, procurement issues, construction lien claims for extras and claims for defective workmanship and materials, among others. We also act on smaller matters that involve construction lien rights and the efficient and effective collection of contract accounts.
Working closely with lawyers from our Construction, Energy, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Commercial Real Estate, Insurance, Environmental and Aboriginal groups, among other Firm specialists, we assure comprehensive, cost-effective representation. We also work with leading experts and claims consultants to assist our clients in reaching appropriate resolutions.
The Blakes Litigation & Dispute Resolution group has considerable strength and numbers across the country and is supported by a well-trained and dedicated group of paralegal and administrative staff. We have the most up-to-date electronic litigation resources and a proven track record in managing large, complex and document-intensive construction files, making us one of Canada’s leading construction law firms.
In addition to broad-based experience as counsel on construction disputes, our lawyers publish on the topic, belong to industry associations and have been appointed to rosters of arbitrators. One of our lawyers is a founding fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.


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