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Building and construction disputes are common, and we can help you get a fair result

We're experts in dispute resolution for the building and construction industry, whether it's a commercial dispute, a domestic dispute, or an issue with security of a payment. Our team of lawyers has extensive experience handling construction industry disputes. There are many legal issues that can cause trouble for businesses in the building and construction industries, and we specialising in solving those problems. Whether you're encountering issues with security of payments, defects, or contract disputes, we can help. If you're a builder, contractor, or owner, our construction dispute lawyers can help you.

Get a fair result

We are expert negotiators, and we can help you get a good outcome.

Expertise you can rely on

We are experts at handling building and construction disputes, and we can help you get a resolution.

Get a resolution sooner

We work hard and use efficient processes to ensure your dispute gets resolved quickly.

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Our lawyers specialise in dispute resolution, and we have a great deal of experience with every level of the building industry.

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How we handle building and construction disputes

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Tell us about the dispute in your case. We will ask relevant questions to establish the points of law and help your case.

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There may be several different ways to proceed. We will advise you as to what your options are, and what we think is the best course of action.

Legal action
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Our building dispute lawyers will pursue your case with the relevant parties, usually through VCAT.

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We strive to deliver the best possible outcome for your construction dispute resolution case, and keep you informed throughout the process.

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How we handle building and construction disputes

Communication conversation
1

Tell us about the dispute in your case. We will ask relevant questions to establish the points of law and help your case.

Balanced law scales
2

There may be several different ways to proceed. We will advise you as to what your options are, and what we think is the best course of action.

Legal action
3

Our building dispute lawyers will pursue your case with the relevant parties, usually through VCAT.

Handshake
4

We strive to deliver the best possible outcome for your construction dispute resolution case, and keep you informed throughout the process.

How we handle building and construction disputes

Communication conversation
1

Tell us about the dispute in your case. We will ask relevant questions to establish the points of law and help your case.

Balanced law scales
2

There may be several different ways to proceed. We will advise you as to what your options are, and what we think is the best course of action.

Legal action
3

Our building dispute lawyers will pursue your case with the relevant parties, usually through VCAT.

Our building and construction team

Our lawyers who specialise in dispute resolution for the building and construction industry. We have handled hundreds of cases through VCAT, and we have handled these disputes from every side. We can help you get a fair result.

Leigh Nikolakis

Principal Lawyer

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Your lawyers for building and construction disputes

Built on experience

We handle hundreds of cases through VCAT every year. Whether you're a builder, contractor, or owner, we can help you get a fair result to your dispute.

We can help people and businesses experiencing issues to do with non-completion of construction, defects in design or construction, contract breaches, variations to pricing, or poor workmanship and quality issues.

Fast and efficient

We are efficient in everything we do because we know your time is valuable, and you want a speedy resolution. We know our way around the building industry and, if it's the best option, will take effective action in the VCAT.

A construction dispute lawyer with experience can get you a resolution sooner. We can identify the merits of your case, evaluate the probability of success, and promptly provide effective legal advice.

Clear communication

The law can be very complex when it comes to the construction industry. Many different legislated acts govern the building industry in Victoria, interpreted through years of precedent in the courts.

One of the most important legal services we provide to the building industry is helping to explain the complicated legal jargon that may surround a case. We will make sure you understand the relevant points of your case, and give you clear, direct advice.

Free consultation

We provide a free consultation for all new clients. We will get an understanding of your dispute so we can give you advice on your options. You can find out where you stand before having to pay anything.

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Find out your options for building and construction disputes

Talk to our lawyers about your dispute and we can advise you on your options and represent you through the whole process.

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Your questions answered

Who can make a building and construction claim?

The owner and contractor (builder) can both make claims because they are the parties to the building contract.

Claims can be brought against architects, subcontractors, suppliers of building materials, and other parties relevant to the contract.

What types of disputes do you cover in claims?

For owners, we cover claims for breach of contract. This includes when the owner has employed a contractor who has delivered work with defects in design and/or construction. Additionally, we can help owners in claims against contractors who have not completed their work, or who have been slow to complete the works.

For builders, we cover claims for breach of contract, variations to the works or contract price, late payments, and disputes about interpretation of the building contract.

For disputes between head contractors and subcontractors, we cover claims about payment, poor workmanship, quality issues with the material the subcontractor has used, and non-payment or retention of any money and the retention not being paid.

Do you review building contracts?

Building contracts can be very complex, and it isn't always obviously apparent when there has been a breach, and when it is time to pursue commercial litigation over construction projects. We review building contracts when there is a dispute. Typically, this is after the agreement has been made. In general, we do not review building contracts before they are signed. If, however, you have a disagreement about a breach of building and construction law, or outstanding payment claims in relation to building and construction, we can review your contract to see whether you have a case.

Can builders or subcontractors make a claim against an owner?

Yes, builders can make a claim against an owner for a variety of reasons. For example, if there are late payments or disputes about how a building contract is to be interpreted, the builders can make a claim against the owner. Subcontractors can also make a claim against an owner to a limited extent. Usually, though, a subcontractor would make a claim against a head contractor.

How do you prove a building has defects?

Australian consumer law provides guarantees in relation to the quality of renovation services. There is a minimum standard of work, and if it is badly done or unsafe, it might be categorised as defective under the law. However, simply alleging building defects is not enough to establish it as a fact.

We engage building experts to assess the defects, and provide a report on the severity of the defect and whether or not they are compliant with Australian Standards. The reports of these experts can then be used as evidence to bolster your case.

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