Construction and infrastructure projects can be complicated and protracted, but the project documents don’t need to be.
We can help you
We can help you with the support you need to prepare and negotiate contracts that are clear and easy to administer. We balance your organisations objectives, the current market position and your need to get contracts signed and projects delivered.
Our expertise and specialist knowledge is
- Aged care, retirement living and lifestyle community projects.
- Social housing developments.
- High end multi-dwelling
- Boutique commercial
- Building projects for schools and other education providers.
Infrastructure projects and maintenance agreements
In addition to this traditional construction work, we also regularly advise on infrastructure projects and maintenance agreements.
Where a construction or infrastructure project is heading towards or already in dispute, we also have experienced back-end construction lawyers to help avoid protracted and costly disputes. More about how they can help if a project is not running as it should is here.
What you can expect
Proactive and available
Our clients appreciate how accessible and
responsive our lawyers, including the practice leader, are and the extra steps
we take. We work closely with our clients as part of their team so they get the
support needed when they need it. Our clients are not left waiting for the
practice leader to call back and do not suffer (time, quality and cost) from junior
lawyers being trained up on their matters. This level of service, when combined
with our specialist knowledge of construction and infrastructure contracts and
issues, helps achieve better and quicker project outcomes. It is also easier
and more comforting for our clients.
Contracts that are fit for purpose
There are many ways to draft and negotiate a
contract, particularly when working with clunky Australian Standards. Just like
our clients, however, we dislike unnecessarily complicated, legalistic or
uncommercial contracts. In particular, we see no point including terms which
will inevitably be negotiated out with the other side – if the lawyer knows it
is unreasonable, why include it in the first place? The contracts we prepare work
and are clear and easy to administer. When preparing and negotiating contracts
we also balance our clients’ objectives, the current market position and the
need to just get contracts signed and projects delivered.
Our construction and infrastructure lawyers can
provide the level of service and quality of documents they do because, in part,
they always work on the basis of a pre-agreed scope and fixed price. We believe
that this approach provides a range of benefits to our construction and
infrastructure clients, including:
- price certainty for our
clients irrespective of what surprises may arise – for example protracted
negotiations with a builder;
- we can just get on with the
job and our clients and their project managers can focus on project delivery,
not the potential costs of its lawyers; and
- encouraging our clients and
their project managers to consult with us regularly – if our support does not
cost extra, there is no harm in asking a ‘dumb question’, getting a second
opinion, obtaining extra support or providing us with additional information.
This extra communication and assistance helps achieve better project outcomes.