Doyles Construction Lawyers Newsletter: February 2016

Welcome to the February edition of the Doyles Construction Lawyers newsletter. We hope you enjoy the articles. Cost Plus – Nirvana or Hedes? Often a contractor celebrates when a customer agrees to contract with him on a cost plus arrangement. A cost plus arrangement can either be a simple cost plus contract or a more […]

The benefits of mediation in a commercial dispute

Court cases are expensive and that legal costs could escalate to an intolerable level. Lawyers will often recommend alternative dispute resolution options – mediation being one. Mediation allows parties to remain in control of their own disputes and outcome while facilitating parties to tell their side of the story to the other party and the […]

A Costly Case of Slab Heave

A recent VCAT decision highlights the need for builders to carefully follow engineering drawings when undertaking site excavation and to ensure that proper drainage is installed to stop water reaching the foundation of the slab to prevent the possibility of slab heave. Background to the Dispute Ms Watson was the Owner of a house located […]

Why litigants should carefully choose expert witnesses

  If you or someone you know wants more information or needs help or advice, please contact us on 1800 888 783 or email doyles@doylesconstructionlawyers.com. For a free PDF of this article, please click the link below: Doyles Construction LawyersDoyles Construction Lawyers is your one-stop for all legal matters related to construction law, building law, […]

Cost Plus – Nirvana or Hedes?

Often a contractor celebrates when a customer agrees to contract with him on a cost plus arrangement. A cost plus arrangement can either be a simple cost plus contract or a more complex cost plus deal like a guaranteed maximum price with share of savings. However, contractors should realise that the cost plus type of […]

Security of Payment – Construction Contracts WA

When entering into a contract for building and construction work it is important for all parties to understand what the process is if a dispute arises over payment of money under the contract. Regardless of whether the contract is written or oral, if a dispute arises about payment there is a legislated process to resolve […]

Charges, winding up and the construction industry in NSW

  If you or someone you know wants more information or needs help or advice, please contact us on 1800 888 783 or email doyles@doylesconstructionlawyers.com.   For a free PDF of this article, please click the link below: Doyles Construction LawyersDoyles Construction Lawyers is your one-stop for all legal matters related to construction law, building […]

5 Tips and Traps in Home Building Contracts For Owners in Victoria

You are required to enter into a major domestic building contract in Victoria, when the total cost is $5,000 or more and you carry out domestic building works which includes building; Repairs; Improvements; Maintenance; Demolition; and/or Removal. Before you sign a domestic building contract, there are a number of things that you should check. Is […]

Arbitration – A Value Option

Recently Jim Doyle acted for a contractor and who wished to collect the final payment of his project in Melbourne. A review of the contract revealed that disputes were to be settled by arbitration and this presented a quicker method of resolution than normal litigation. The arbitration started with a Notice of Dispute in April […]

Doyles Construction Lawyers Newsletter: December 2015

Welcome to the December edition of the Doyles Construction Lawyers newsletter. We hope you enjoy the articles.   Arbitration – a valuable option Recently Jim Doyle acted for a contractor and who wished to collect the final payment of his project in Melbourne. A review of the contract revealed that disputes were to be settled […]