We have extensive experience in all aspects of dispute resolution. We regularly represent many high profile clients, both as claimants and defendants, when issues arise in connection with construction and development projects.
Stop the problem escalating
We understand the importance of making an early assessment of any dispute, which often assists in avoiding issues escalating. Based on our initial advice, the client can then make an informed decision on the strength and weaknesses of its position. A strategy can also be put in place to resolve the dispute.
Rather than proceeding immediately to an adversarial position, we understand the importance of seeking to address issues as part of the administration of a construction project or through negotiation with other parties. Many disputes will not escalate if there has been early and proactive intervention.
Going to court
If a matter does proceed to litigation, we have represented clients in all relevant jurisdictions including the Supreme and District Courts of New South Wales. In particular, we regularly conduct matters in the specialist construction lists in those courts. We have also run many matters in the Civil and Administrative Tribunal and its predecessor, the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal.
Given the high costs of traditional litigation, we will always consider and encourage where appropriate the use of alternative dispute resolution. We have obtained excellent results for clients in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and expert determination.
Expert evidence is often crucial to the resolution of construction disputes. We have a large network of expert witness that we can recommend and work with, while also understanding the particular requirements relating to the preparation of their evidence. We also have a host of specialist barristers we can consult with when their assistance is required.
Dealing with insurers is often a vital part of resolving construction disputes. We are very familiar with the various policy types in the industry and the strategies that insurers use when defending claims. However, we have an excellent track record in maximising recovery for our clients from both their own insurers and those representing other parties.