Builder and Contracts : 5 Tips and Traps for Owner 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. 1. Is the builder registered with […]

10 Tips to making a payment claim

Knowing your rights when making a payment claim for goods or services rendered cannot be underestimated. With many service providers and customers falling fowl each year Doyles Construction Lawyers have compiled an easy to follow list of tips for you to make the next claim go smoother than ever. Please complete the form below to receive […]

Building Defects : Defective Balconies

Due to the widespread construction of high density apartments and townhouses there has also been an increase in the construction of balconies. Balconies are susceptible to water damage which can lead to damage to the internal elements of the building. The defective construction of balconies has become an increasingly common dispute affecting owners’ corporations. In this article we look […]

Queensland: Process and procedure in building disputes

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT): Process and procedure in building disputes QCAT is an independent tribunal that is part of the justice services division of the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General. QCAT aims to actively resolve the disputes that come before it in a way that is said to be “fair, just, accessible, quick and inexpensive”. In […]

Insurance – Only as good as the policy?

Often insurance is quickly arranged on urgent annual basis through a broker attracted by the commission on the premium. However, should an accident occur and cover under the insurance be required, the policy will receive more stringent examination and perhaps a contest over the meaning of its exclusion clauses. There is authority that the courts will take a […]

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 […]