Chambers Russell Lawyers’ construction practice provides timely legal advice and service to all stakeholders in the construction industry from contractors, principals, consultants and owners.
We assist with project delivery from inception to completion. We also provide a full range of construction dispute resolution services from negotiated outcomes, adjudication, litigation and all manners of alternative dispute resolution processes. Our construction lawyers add value because they ensure that our clients’ project objectives and financial outcomes are at the forefront of every step they take.
Our legal services and expertise include:
- Arbitration and litigation
- Contract drafting and negotiation
- Construction risk and insurance
- Delay claims and extension of time
- Mediation and negotiation
- Project disputes
- Security of payment claims
Beneficiaries of policies issued under the Home Building Compensation Fund In the case of Gardez Nominees Pty Ltd v NSW Self Insurance Corporation  the Supreme Court made determinations as to whether the plaintiff mortgagee in that matter was a beneficiary of a policy of insurance issued under to the Home Building Compensation Fund. The decision potentially has wide ranging implications given the interpretation given to a number of key provisions in the Home Building Act 1989. Published by on June 1, 2016
Recent developments in strata defect litigation: Strata Plan 74602 v Brookfield Australia  NSWSC 1916 The Owners - Strata Plan 74602 v Brookfield Australia Investments Limited  NSWSC 1916 illustrates a number of the evidentiary and legal challenges faced by owners corporations in heavily contested Supreme Court defect litigation. In his decision, His Honour Justice Stevenson provides further guidance from the Supreme Court with respect to the statutory and case law landscape in residential building defect litigation. Published by on March 31, 2016
"Riddled with Structural Defects" - Certifier Liability A recent decision of the Supreme Court of New South Wales has determined that a Council taking on the roll as the PCA in respect of a residential building owed and breached a duty of care to a subsequent purchaser. The decision may be of particular significance to owners in circumstances where they are out of time to pursue other parties or cannot do so for other reasons such as the death, disappearance of insolvency of the original builder. Published by on December 18, 2015