The construction industry is a complex mix of high risk endeavours. To successfully maintain a profitable business expert advice on all aspects of construction is essential. That’s why we offer comprehensive and specialist advice on all aspects of construction law.
We will help you navigate your way through issues that will confront you which can include:
- contract tendering and negotiation
- risk analysis and insurance
- security of payment claims
- investment strategies and transactions
- dispute resolution
Whether you are a large or small operator, principal, builder, contractor or sub-contractor or building professional we have the experience to provide cost effective practical solutions.
Tendering and Contracts
It is important to get it right from the start. Issues during construction can be resolved efficiently when contract terms are carefully crafted and address issues that can arise. A robust contract management system is also essential.
Your business relationships must have the framework to deal with:
- variation claims
- progress payments and security of payment claims
- delays and liquidated damage claims
- extensions of time
- indemnity and insurance obligations.
Prevention is cheaper than the cure so rather than wait for issues to crop up during construction we will help you from the start.
Insurance is part of your risk management tool kit. While you may plan for best outcomes it is not always possible to avoid losses. We are insurance specialists. We have a significant number of lawyers helping the largest insurers in Australia and Lloyds Syndicates.
We know both sides of the story when it comes to insurance and can help you navigate your way through contract negotiations when insurance and indemnity clauses are discussed and we will help you to ensure that the insurance you arrange and the insurance of your business partners and contractors provides appropriate coverage and adequately addresses the risks that you confront.
Security of Payments
Maintaining cash flow is the life blood of the construction industry. Legislation now protects building contractors by providing avenues to secure progress payments. There are tight time constraints involved in the management of security of payment claims. We have the specialist skills to help prosecute or defend these claims.
Business and Investment
Planning and clear strategies are essential to maximise profits. Tax efficient structures and asset protection strategies will help maximise returns. We can help you balance your risks and and maximise returns in an industry known for its tight profit margins.
Disputes can happen despite the best laid plans and are often driven by a difference in expectations. Everyone wants the best product for the cheapest cost. Tension often arises where there are time constraints, design changes, revisions of programs, acceleration of the works or an incident that results in injury or damage.
There can be no doubt that disputes can be costly and will take you away from what should be your key focus, running your business. You need help from specialists that understand the dynamics of the construction industry and the need to resolve issues as economically as possible whilst maintaining a robust defence or prosecution of claims.
When litigation cannot be avoided, our focus is to protect your interests. Mediations and arbitrations are effective and often economical dispute resolution strategies.
We understand the effect that a dispute has on your cash flow, your business relationships, your repution and importantly you financial wellbeing.