With construction being Australia’s largest industry and having the highest number of operating businesses within it, it is likely that a business will require a construction lawyer at some point to assist with an upcoming project. These businesses range from building companies to design and architecture firms and considering construction is a very highly regulated industry it seems inevitable.
What is construction law?
Construction law applies to all areas of construction work. Since the process of building is complex, builders must know many things before they pour that first bit of cement or cut down a tree. There are a big number of regulations and rules that have to be followed by the builder and other parties involved in the process. These include government representatives and private entities such as individual workers and property owners in which they must have effective procedures for dispute resolution if it came to it.
Some of the areas of construction law include:
- Contract law
- Planning and approvals
- Employment law
- Worker’s compensation
- Property law
- Dispute resolution
- Occupation safety
When do you need a construction lawyer?
You should seek a construction lawyer if you are experiencing any of the following:
- parties being sued
- parties suing someone else
- parties under threat of a suit
- unpaid bills
- injury on the job
- defective claims
- terminating a contract
- Reviewing a contract
What licensing is relevant to construction law?
Each state within Australia has the right to its own specific regulations related to this matter. Within Queensland, you must hold a QBCC license to work on the building. Licensing is also specific to the different trades so ensure that all parties working on a contraction party have the appropriate licensing.
Do you need a written contract?
Within Australia, it is paramount that for all parties’ protection and to ensure their rights are meet it is imperative that you seek legal advice and guidance. This will guarantee the best outcome and expectations are set and also provide all parties ease through this process.
What happens in the case of the contract constraints not being met?
In this turn of events, it is important to understand your rights. A common example of this is seen when defective work is found within a property. It is critical to seek professional help from experts immediately and also get your contract reviewed throughout the entire process to ensure every requirement is being met.
Wondering what the next step of the process is?
Still unsure as to what your rights are in regards to construction law matters? Seeking any legal help to ensure the best outcome of the project is achieved?
Contact our construction lawyers now to discuss your options in a no-obligation consultation with the experts. We will guide you, step by step and ensure the best possible outcome for your circumstances. Call our Brisbane lawyers on (07) 3009 8444 or our Sydney lawyers on (02) 9307 8900. Alternatively, click here to get started.
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