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Building & Construction Disputes

Acting for a wide range of clients on all aspects of the construction process, from land acquisitions to building contracts, advice, policies and disputes.

We have decades of experience handling building and construction disputes, from residential properties and owner-builder issues to multi-story apartments.

With the growing rise in commercial, industrial, and residential infrastructure, the chance of a dispute arising have increased at an alarming rate in the last decade. Paired with this are the complications of ever-increasing competitive pressure and navigating changing regulation. This is where we come in.

We assist our clients to resolve dispute whether via the courts, tribunals, or other alternative means. Given the extensive range of trades and professional services involved in the construction or renovation of a building, it is common that multiple parties are involved in a dispute, adding to the complexity and length of the dispute. Our team is highly experienced in such multi-party disputes and can assist to demystify and get to your end goal in the most cost effective and efficient way possible.

A dispute can negatively affect your time, finances, energy, business, well-being, and personal and day-to-day life. We are highly experienced in alternative methods of resolving a dispute including settlement conferences, mediation and arbitration, and in formulating risk mitigation strategies with a view to avoiding disputes altogether.

Where litigation simply cannot be avoided, our team are strong and experienced litigators in all Australian state jurisdictions, the Federal Court of Australia, and High Court of Australia, as well as internationally, including in the United States. You want us in your corner!

We do the worrying for you and aim to achieve the best possible outcome to enable you to get on with your life without being involved in protracted dispute.

Dispute resolution experience in building and construction

  • Advice and disputes in residential, commercial and industrial building, construction, renovations, and related finance
  • Cladding
  • Payment, variation, delay, and damages claims
  • Insurance claims
  • Defects
  • Building and occupancy permits
  • Building inspections
  • Conflict (including litigation) avoidance measures
  • Risk mitigation strategies
  • Dispute strategy and planning
  • Evidence gathering
  • Discovery assistance
  • Alternative dispute resolution (including mediation, settlement conferences and negotiation)
  • Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV), Victorian Building Authority (VBA), Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), and Court representation
  • Advice about legal action and remedies open to you

Our Building & Construction Disputes Lawyers

Kristy Muhlhan

Principal

Kristy Muhlhan

Principal
LL.B (HONS) GRAD DIP. L.P., GAICD.
Kristy heads the Property, Planning & Development practice at Burke & Associates Lawyers. She is a passionate lawyer with over a decade of experience in all aspects of property law and development.

Meghan Warren

Principal

Meghan Warren

Principal
LL.B GAICD
Meghan is one of the few lawyers in Australia admitted in the State (Victoria) and Federal jurisdictions of Australia, and as an Attorney at Law to the New York State Bar in the United States.

Rosy Roberts

Principal

Rosy Roberts

Principal
LL.B (Hons) B.A GAICD
Rosy has extensive experience in Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution having represented clients in all Victorian State Courts, the Family Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia. She is also a VCAT appointed...

Anthony Burke

Consultant

Anthony Burke

Consultant
B.A LL.B DIP.FIN. MGT
Tony is an LIV accredited business law specialist and a VCAT appointed Administrator. In 2008 he was President of the Law Institute of Victoria and served for two years as a director of the Law...

George Hanger

Associate

George Hanger

Associate
LL.B BA
George was admitted to legal practice in May 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University.

Stewart Davis

Associate

Stewart Davis

Associate
As well as property law, Stewart has had exposure to VACT administration matters and commercial law, particularly servicing developer clients.
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