Property & Building Disputes


Disputes over property contracts can arise despite the best planning and management. Our team of experienced lawyers take a strategic and commercial approach to resolve disputes.

Through our analysis and negotiation strategies, we guide clients through the dispute process and advise on the steps to take for the best possible outcomes. We advise on the full range of issues that arise from building and construction disputes, including claims for delay, security payments, variations, extensions of time and defects.

Our expertise spans:

  • advising on contract structuring and risk allocation
  • negotiating contracts
  • facilitating expert appraisals/determinations
  • representing builders in licensing proceedings
  • advising on prospects and procedural options
  • representing clients in trade practices disputes regarding building or construction contracts, and
  • representing clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Experience snapshot

  • Acting for a national developer of residential communities and commercial developments in relation to a number of disputes associated with a new residential estate in Victoria.
  • Advising an operator of water infrastructure in relation to a multi-million dollar dispute with a structural engineering consultancy arising from defects in the design of water infrastructure.
  • Acting for a statutory corporation in relation to a disputed claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria for $25 million in financial loss compensation for alleged loss on sale, under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic).
  • Advising an Australian energy company in relation to a dispute on the connection of a power site to the electricity transmission network.
  • Acting for an Australian investment company in relation to numerous disputes arising out of a multi-million dollar commercial development including a breach of contract dispute with the builder and disputes arising out of agreements to lease and other arrangements.
  • Acting for all lot owners in relation to proceedings against a builder for the installation of potentially hazardous flammable cladding on a 36 storey skyscraper.

Key contact

John advises principals in relation to the appropriate joint venture and development arrangements and regarding the appropriate delivery mechanism...

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