SUBCONTRACTORS ISSUES

Building Disputes

We work closely with many builders, subcontractors trades people and their governing body, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (formerly the BSA). We provide advice to both the builders/tradespeople and the customers who utilise their services.

Legislation is in place affecting every aspect of the building industry. This means that you cannot afford to enter into contracts, or negotiate disputes, without knowing how your rights and obligations are affected by that legislation.

Prevention is, as always, better than cure. Ensure that you comply with your obligations, and know your rights. Ensuring that contracts are correct in the first place, and everyone knows what they can and can not do, is a very large step in the prevention of disputes.

If a dispute does arise, we assist clients with resolution of that dispute, including, if necessary with the preparation for hearings in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) .

Building disputes between tradespeople, or contractors and subcontractors, are also directly affected by legislation – for example, the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act. This, and the Subcontractors Charges Act specify rights between contractors and subcontractors – but those rights have strict timeframes, and your interests can be harmed if you do not act quickly.

Other subcontract arrangements can also lead to trouble. Some entities try to use them to avoid the application of employment law, which is not as easy as people believe. Whether you are the head contractor, or the subcontractor, you need to ensure that you contract will do the job, before you get into trouble. We can draft the contracts to prevent problems arising, or, if trouble has already struck, we can resolve it for you.

CONTACTS FOR THIS AREA OF LAW
Andrew Smyth

Andrew Smyth

Commercial Law Court Work & Litigation Family & De Facto Law Wills and Estates
With 30 years’ experience working in and managing business, Andrew Smyth is sought after by industry and commerce for his specialist knowledge in structuring, regulatory compliance…
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Sylvia Hoefnagels

Sylvia Hoefnagels

Court Work & Litigation Wills and Estates
Sylvia joined our litigation team in 2015.  She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland, and the High Court of Australia in 2005.  Her background…
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Sarah Galvin

Sarah Galvin

Court Work & Litigation Family & De Facto Law
From Brisbane to Kent County, England, back to sunny Queensland, Sarah has amassed over 20 years legal experience, locally and internationally. In that time Sarah found…
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Sean Powell

Sean Powell

Court Work & Litigation Wills and Estates
Sean specialises in estate disputes, estate administration and estate planning, with a particular focus on contested wills. In line with his focus, he will soon complete…
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Vy Tran

Vy Tran

Court Work & Litigation Wills and Estates
Vy is a  senior solicitor at Robbins Watson Solicitors. In pursuit of a beach lifestyle, Vy moved from Brisbane and joined Robbins Watson Solicitors, and since then…
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