Building Dispute Lawyers Melbourne

Building and construction is a serious undertaking, and even when parties have the best of intentions, disputes can arise. At McMahon Fearnley, our team of dedicated building dispute lawyers are experts in building and construction law. We are dedicated to helping you resolve disputes fairly while prioritising your desired outcomes.

Our team of building dispute lawyers is led by the vast experience of our Managing Director, David Powell. David is a member of the Building Disputes Practitioners Society and has an extensive history of assisting builders, owners, owners corporations and developers in building dispute resolution.

Before litigation becomes necessary, our expert team can negotiate on your behalf to achieve timely and desirable results. If litigation becomes necessary to resolve a building dispute, our team can provide skilled representation in mediation, courts, arbitration, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), the Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) and the Building Appeals Board (BAB).

McMahon Fearnley can assist with a range of building disputes, including:

  • Building defects
  • Delays
  • Payment and variation disputes
  • Contracts (including termination disputes)
  • Insurance and insolvency claims and disputes
  • Representation, including VCAT and DBDRV

Domestic Building Disputes

Domestic building disputes can be costly and time-consuming for every party involved. Such disputes can include defects, contract disputes and timeline delays. It is vitally important that, if you are involved in a domestic building dispute, you engage the services of experienced and credentialed lawyers, like the team at McMahon Fearnley. If you have such a dispute, our team can advise on your rights, liabilities and the potential need for litigation or alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

If you’re a building owner, builder, subcontractor or architect and you have a building dispute, one avenue for resolution is through a tribunal called Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV). The type of disputes handled by the DBDRV include defective work, delays and payment conflict, and the tribunal hears only residential building disputes. Our team is well-equipped to help properly prepare your dispute for DBDRV review and conciliation, working closely with you to achieve the desired outcome.

For disputes that fall outside the jurisdiction of the DBDRV or disputes that cannot be resolved within its processes, cases may be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). McMahon Fearnley can provide close assistance in preparing your dispute for a VCAT hearing.

How we Help Our Clients

At McMahon Fearnley, we understand building disputes. Led by our Managing Director David Powell’s decades of building dispute experience, our team can assist in various capacities. From preempting disputes through careful contract preparation and legal advice to mediation, arbitration and litigation, we provide the highest quality of legal assistance. Whatever your building dispute, McMahon Fearnley has the experience and expertise to help you reach your desired outcomes.

To enquire further about our range of building dispute services or to speak with someone about a building dispute, please contact us today.