It's generally accepted that some consumer protection laws are desirable or even necessary. It is similarly uncontroversial to suggest that consumers are particularly vulnerable, and especially worthy of protection, when procuring construction work in their homes.

From rogue traders to delayed projects to defective works, most of us involved in the construction industry can provide examples of poor practice, inadequate contracts and disputes.

Peter Kitson appears in Construction Law saying "legislation is needed to provide a proper basis for consumers to contract with construction industry suppliers. Existing legislation is hard to apply in construction and creates unenforceable rights", he argues.

Consumers and construction contracts is available to read on the Construction Law website via subscription.

Peter is a partner in the real estate team, and has specialised in non-contentious construction and procurement law since 2004.