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Being a builder today is hard enough without worrying about legal issues.

From the Security of Payment Act, the changes to the BIF Act, dealing with the QBCC, unrealistic owners, subbies and suppliers, and even the weather, we know things can be tough for you.

Preston Law can be your building and construction lawyers. Our team will help you through those challenges and let you focus on your core business.

Legal Advice for Contracts

A good builder needs a strong foundation, and you need a well-written contract to protect your rights and interests. At Preston Law we can:

At Preston Law we can:

  • Help you select the right contract for your job;
  • Review the standard contracts and ‘terms and conditions’ you already have in place;
  • Assist you if issues crop up with the owners, your subcontractors, or the QBCC;
  • Help with complaints and disputes about defects (in the unlikely event they arise); and
  • Provide debt recovery services to help chase money you are owed under the contract.

We have experience and expertise in providing law services for tradies. From issues at the start of the job, until you get paid in full and the end of the defects liability period, we can help.

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Building Dispute Lawyers

Building and construction disputes can come in many forms and between different parties. Whether the conflicts are with the building owner, subcontractors or another party, we can help.

Our construction lawyers will provide expert advice and legal services to guide you through any building or payment disputes. We have experience in resolving building and construction disputes. We will help you with negotiation, mediation, and representation in court and tribunals like QCAT (Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal).

Assisting With Public and Government Contracting

Our highly experienced team can be beneficial for public and government projects, through the following:

  • offering legal representation for supply contracts,
  • aiding contract reviews and negotiations,
  • making sure regulations are met,
  • providing help with legal proceedings,
  • and offering guidance on construction agreements related to delays, defects, or variations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide legal services to tradies?

Yes, absolutely. We can assist with resolving disputes, creating contracts, and handling payment claims for subcontractors and those who work directly with clients. Our construction law team helps electricians, carpenters, painters, plumbers, and air-conditioning professionals with affordable advice.

Contact our team if you’re a tradie needing expert legal advice.

Do I need a contract for domestic building work?

If you plan on doing work that will cost between $3,300 and $20,000, it’s essential to make sure you use a level 1 regulated contract. And if you’re doing domestic building work that will cost $20,000 or more, be sure to use a level 2 regulated contract.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so talk to our lawyers today!

Can I ask for a deposit?

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) Act places restrictions on the value of the deposit you can request. If the cost of the construction work is for more than $20,000, then you are able to request up to a 5% deposit of the total price. This total price includes labour, materials and GST.

Payment schedules are also common within the building and construction industry. The contract typically details these, aligning payments to milestones within the project.

If you’d like our lawyers to review your construction contract, give us a call.

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