Litigation and dispute resolution

Construction Lawyers Brisbane

Disputes in the building and construction industry can take an enormous financial toll on all stakeholders, especially if they’re not dealt with promptly. Our firm takes pride in our reputation of being one of the most efficient specialist building and construction lawyers in Brisbane. 

We have expert knowledge and practical experience navigating building and construction law providing and have provided legal advice to some of Brisbane’s major construction stakeholders. Up to date with the latest law reforms, construction contracts, and dispute resolution practices, we have extensive experience acting for property owners, developers, builders, and everyone in between.

Regardless of your level of involvement in an infrastructure project, Victor Legal’s construction law experts can help.

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Building and Construction Laws in Queensland

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act) is the primary piece of legislation regulating the Queensland building industry. The Act authorises the Queensland Building and Construction Commission as the statutory body responsible for enforcing all regulations related to building and construction law in Queensland. 

Anyone who carries out building work or causes building work to be undertaken must be licensed in accordance with QBCC contract requirements, and strict financial penalties and other sanctions can be applied and enforced by the QBCC where construction work is carried out unlawfully. The QBCC’s responsibilities extend far beyond just licensing, as they work to ensure the upholding of appropriate building standards and to hold those responsible for defective building work accountable.

Victor Legal has experience with building and construction disputes

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How can Victor Legal help?

No matter the complexity, if you’re involved in a project and a dispute has arisen, Victor Legal have the requisite expertise and knowledge to guide you through it. Our building lawyers have worked tirelessly for our clients across Brisbane for years and we’re trusted by experts in the building and construction sector to produce favourable outcomes for their projects.  

We can assist with resolving disputes at any stage of a building or construction project, from contract negotiation stages right through to post-completion defects.  If you’re facing challenges in any of the following areas, you can be confident that we’re well-versed in the matter and will work to resolve your dispute with maximum efficiency:

  • Adjudication applications
  • Building work disputes
  • Contract administration
  • Contract disputes
  • Debt recovery 
  • Dispute resolution 
  • Licensing and regulation
  • Payment disputes
  • Project bank accounts 
  • QBCC matters
  • QBCC insurance claims 
  • QBCC Tribunal appeals 
  • Subcontractor’s charges
  • Variations, defects, delays, payment claims and schedules

Our experienced team of Brisbane construction lawyers are experts in the building sector. We’re a specialist boutique law firm, skilled across a diverse range of major infrastructure and construction projects. We can provide building contract advice or assist with your building contract disputes. Contact us today. 

Common types of disputes in the building and construction industry

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Delays in the completion of a project can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor planning, lack of communication, and changes in the scope of work. These delays can result in additional costs and lost income for the parties involved.

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Cost Disputes

Disputes over the cost of a project can arise when the parties disagree on the scope of work, the cost of materials, or the amount of time required to complete the project. These disputes can be resolved through negotiation or mediation, but may also require the involvement of an expert or the courts.

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Quality Issues

Disputes over the quality of work can occur when the parties disagree on the level of workmanship or the materials used. These disputes can be resolved through inspections and testing, or by involving an expert in the field.

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Payment Disputes

Disputes over payment can occur when the parties disagree on the amount of money that is owed or when payment is not made on time. These disputes can be resolved through negotiation or mediation, but may also require the involvement of a lawyer or the courts.

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Disputes over defects can occur when the parties disagree on the presence or extent of defects in the work. These disputes can be resolved through inspections and testing, or by involving an expert in the field.

Building Contract Disputes 

A building contract dispute in Queensland construction can be costly, both financially and in terms of time resources. Contractual matters might relate to payment for goods and services, variations to the agreed contract or time delays. If work remains outstanding for a lengthy period of time or isn’t completed to the agreed standard, the building contractor must be notified and given 14 days to respond. 

If the builder fails to provide an adequate response within that time, the QBCC dispute resolution process can be sought. These processes can become complex, especially if dealing with a large infrastructure project with lots of moving parts. To move matters along expeditiously, legal advice from a specialist construction lawyer in Brisbane is always recommended.  

Security of Payments

At Victor Legal, we are dedicated to providing you with the latest information and resources on the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld) (the ‘Act’).

This legislation is designed to protect the rights of contractors and subcontractors working in the building industry in Queensland. It ensures that payments are made in a timely and fair manner, reducing the risk of disputes and financial hardship for all parties involved.

In this article, you will find a wealth of information on the Act, including its key features, the rights and obligations of contractors and subcontractors, and the steps involved in making a claim under the Act.

If you’re looking for professional advice on the Act, our experienced lawyers are here to assist you. We offer a range of services to help you understand your rights and obligations under the Act and provide expert guidance on how to resolve disputes and claim payment.

With our help, you can be confident that you’re protected and that your rights are being upheld in the building industry. Browse our website today to learn more about the Act and how we can help you.

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