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Building & Construction Disputes

Our property lawyers assist on all aspects of common building and construction disputes, from land acquisitions to building contracts, advice, policies and disputes.

Common building & Construction Disputes

Our property lawyers have decades of experience managing building and construction disputes, from residential properties and owner-builder issues to multi-story apartments.

How can a building dispute arise?

A building dispute is a disagreement between two parties. Some common building disputes can involve an employer or employee, a builder, subcontractor, neighbour or building supplier.

With the growing rise in commercial, industrial, and residential infrastructure, the chance of a dispute arising has 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 our property lawyers come in.

We assist our clients to resolve disputes whether via the courts, tribunals, or other alternate methods. 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 property lawyers are 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, business, well-being, and personal life. Our property lawyers are highly experienced in alternate methods of dispute resolution including settlement conferences, mediation and arbitration. If necessary our property lawyers can also formulate risk mitigation strategies with the aim of avoiding disputes altogether.

Where litigation cannot be avoided, our legal 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. We have the level of expertise you need.

We aim to achieve the best possible outcome for you 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

Meghan Warren

Principal

Meghan Warren

Principal
LL.B GAICD B.Bus (FinPlan)
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.

Kristy Muhlhan

Principal

Kristy Muhlhan

Principal
LL.B (Hons) GRAD DIP. L.P., GAICD.
Since 2014, she has been an owner and Principal of the firm and has mastered a broad range of essential commercial and business skills which go hand in hand with the work she does for...

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 and the High Court of Australia. She is also a VCAT appointed Administrator.

Sandra Le

Associate

Sandra Le

Associate
LL.B BCom
Sandra is professional and takes exceptional care with every matter she undertakes and is a natural problem solver.
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