Building Contracts: Do you Need one for Your Build?

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Building contracts can take many forms, but it's a formal written contract that you'll need to set your project up for success. 

Once you find a builder you trust and want to work with, it's not a legal requirement for a written contract to be created before they can start to work on your project — after all, you'll have technically entered into a contract by instructing them to start work, even if you've only communicated verbally. 

Chris Reeves

Chris is dual qualified as a chartered builder and solicitor, having enjoyed an earlier career in the construction industry (as a carpenter and then site management) prior to qualification in 2001. He is a founder of Reeves James and Mediation for Construction and Insurance, and specialises in dispute resolution, with particular expertise in supporting individuals on self build and renovation projects. Chris has a wealth of experience in supporting projects with resolution of issues around valuation of work done and defects in building work.

Chris is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and adjudicator panel member of the RIBA and RICS, as well as a member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association.