Construction and Engineering Disputes

ContactsAdam Rosser, James Cudmore

We specialise in resolving large and complex construction, engineering and building disputes throughout Australia. We do this by working closely with our clients, and by drawing on all relevant areas of commercial law, which many lawyers who focus solely on construction law do not contemplate or consider. We have significant experience and capabilities in all aspects of building, construction and engineering, including:

  • assisting clients to deal with any issues that arise during the course of a construction project so as to minimise ongoing disputes as between our client and other parties;
  • advising on management of delay claims, extension of time claims, progress claims and security of payment claims;
  • resolving disputes both during the course of a contract or afterwards, through mediation, expert determination, arbitration or litigation;
  • assisting clients to defend and protect their intellectual property, particularly copyright in designs and plans;
  • assisting clients to recover monies owed to them.

We recognise areas of risk in construction projects, to understand complex technical engineering information, and to assess the real disputes between the parties. That said, we know our clients know much more about the technical side of construction and engineering projects. We seek to work in collaboration with our clients to produce the best outcome for their business.

Some examples of our major dispute experience include:

  • acting for a major multinational company in resolving a variety of complex construction disputes including an arbitration in New South Wales concerning a $130 million project, a dispute for over $30 million relating to an infrastructure refurbishment project in South Australia, and a multi-million dollar dispute concerning survey issues on a major project; 
  • acting for various subcontractors in Western Australia in relation to disputes arising out of mining projects in north-Western Australia;
  • acting for a variety of clients in relation to issues arising from large infrastructure works, commercial building works in the CBD of Sydney and industrial construction projects.