Building Disputes


Building Disputes can arise for a number of reasons; a property owner may be dissatisfied with the quality of work carried out by their Contractor or there could be a problem that has not been resolved during the project.  Disputes can also arise due to the cost of works and either party may be in disagreement as to how much is owing at the end of a Contract.  Issues can also arise between neighbours or with a Property Owner and Insurers over the scope of works to be carried out following a claim on the buildings policy.


At Lovell Ozanne we regularly advise Clients in such situations, be they Property Owners, Contractors, Insurers or Legal Advisers.

Ross Paisley has over thirty years’ experience advising on building problems and disputes, insurance matters, Contracts and acting as Expert/Witness.

Andrew Ozanne has over thirty five years’ experience in many aspects of the Construction Industry and is an experienced Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator.

Chris Richardson has twenty five years’ experience advising on building technical problems, defects and solutions.

Our people

Andrew Ozanne

Managing Director

BA(Hons) Dip Arch (Oxford) RIBA MCI Arb ACA ADR
Chartered Architect, Registered Arbitrator

Andrew qualified in 1980. He returned to Guernsey in 1981 and became a Partner in the firm in 1984. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Registered Adjudicator with the Academy of Construction Adjudicators and a Practicing Mediator. His particular interest is in construction law and planning legislation.

He is past Chairman of the Guernsey branch of the Institute of Directors and maintains an involvement in local politics and strategic planning.

Ross Paisley


Chartered Surveyor

Ross is a Chartered Building Surveyor, having graduated in Scotland in 1982 and became Chartered in 1984. He was employed by Knight Frank and Rutley before coming to Guernsey in 1986 to join a local firm of Chartered Surveyors. He has been a Director of Lovell Ozanne & Partners Surveying Limited and Lovell Ozanne & Partners Limited since 1993. Ross specialises in a number of property matters including Building Contracts, expert witness and insurance work, defects analysis and buildings problem solving. He also has particular experience in historic building work.

Ross is on the Board of a local property holding company which ultimately distributes profits to charities supporting the elderly and has been chairman of Guernsey Voluntary Service for a number of years, helping older adults in the community. He is a past chairman of Guernsey Round table and currently a Trustee and Director of another local charity.

Chris Richardson


Chartered Surveyor

Chris joined Lovell Ozanne in 1993 having worked locally since 1986 and obtained a Diploma in Surveying, awarded with Distinction, via the College of Estate Management in Reading. He was subsequently elected a Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Chris became a Director of Lovell Ozanne Surveying in 2004 and presently provides a broad range of Building Surveying expertise including survey and residential valuation services, advice with regard to building defects, repairs or dilapidations and administration of repair or refurbishment works contracts on a variety of building types.

Chris is a Trustee and Property Manager for the Guernsey Blind Association and a committee member of the RICS Guernsey Group. His leisure time is primarily spent boating among the Islands or dog walking on L’Ancresse.