Marsh Maher Richmond Bennison Lawyers


Building & Construction Law


We have practitioners experienced in all areas relating to building and construction law.

The services we provide are both in the commercial and domestic fields starting from the contractual process through to issues that arise out of building and construction disputes. We act for a range of clients from property developers, builders, owners and associated professionals in a wide range of work under the umbrella of Building and Construction. We have an envied reputation for expertise in dealing with domestic building contract disputes and warranty insurance claims

We also have significant expertise at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

With a sharp focus on the resolution of disputes and avoiding drawn-out, time-consuming, expensive litigation, we will achieve pragmatic and cost-effective outcomes. We pride ourselves in developing and maintaining strong relationships with our clients and providing legal assistance that suits client’s individual needs.

Services we provide in this area include:

Construction contracts:

  • Negotiating, advising on and drafting construction contracts;
  • Advising on and drafting auxiliary consultant contracts to ensure risk is minimised; and
  • Providing advice on construction contracts when issues arise during the construction phase.

Compliance issues:

  • Advising clients to ensure they meet government and regulatory authority requirements;
  • Assisting in planning permit and building permit issues including responding to building notices.
  • Advising owners’ corporations on building defects and related matter.

Commercial building disputes:

  • Advising and assisting in Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act matters including SOP adjudications;
  • Representing clients in the Courts, Arbitration and other Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes on disputes that arise out of construction work and any related goods and services under a construction contract;
  • Experienced in liaising and engaging appropriate expert witnesses in highly technical construction and engineering disputes to ensure positive outcomes for clients.

Domestic building disputes:

  • Advising owners, builders and associated professionals in all matters pertaining to domestic building disputes and home warranty insurance claims.
  • Assisting owners and builders navigate their way through the Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria process.
  • Assisting owners and builders in multi-unit development disputes with know-how of the special further requirements applicable when dealing with defective building works in the common property owned by Owners’ Corporations.

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