Structural Defect Disputes

Structural Defects

Are you worried that your home (whether a new build/extension or renovation) may be suffering from serious structural defects? Do you have serious concerns about the structural stability of your property, or have problems relating to:

  • Load bearing floors and walls
  • Unstable or weak foundations
  • Defective drainage
  • Subsidence
  • The use of inferior building materials in the structural parts of your property

Then we are here to assist you in putting things right.

How we can help?

At Cohen Cramer Solicitors, we have a dedicated team of litigators who have vast experience in dealing with disputes arising from structural defects.  In any project;  a new build development, renovation or extension, a number of professionals are required to ensure the project’s completion. However, we also know that they do not always get it right. Given the number of professionals involved in a project it is not always easy to establish who is at fault and can include one or more of the following:

  • Structural Surveyor
  • Architect
  • Builder

Cohen Cramer can assist you by reviewing your potential claim. We will highlight the merits and pitfalls of your claim and help you to make an informed decision as to how to progress your claim. Throughout the process, we will provide you with clear and concise advice.

Expert Evidence

Whilst we are experts in bringing claims for structural defects, we are not builders. In most cases, as part of our initial consideration of your claim, it is necessary to obtain an opinion from an independent expert. They will prepare a report, compliant with the Civil Procedure Rules, to support your claim, and value the remedial works. This is crucial when deciding how and if to proceed with your claim.

We will locate and instruct a suitably qualified expert when such is required.


Cohen Cramer are able to offer flexible funding options from fixed fees to ‘no win no fee’ arrangements, subject to the specific circumstances of your case.

Before we can consider offering alternative funding options including ‘no-win-no-fee’ and deferred fee agreements we will need to carry out an initial risk assessment. This is undertaken on a fixed fee which is based upon the amount of relevant documentation there is to review. In addition, favourable expert evidence will need to be obtained.

Please note that we are not able to offer a ‘no-win-no-fee’ agreement if the cost of the remedial works is expected to be less than £10,000.


For further assistance and advice to some of the most frequent queries our clients have, please see our FAQ page.

Contact Us

If you want to discuss your potential claim further then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our disputes team today either by:

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