Building and construction law is complex and constantly changing, and disputes over building contracts are common.

Before signing on the dotted line, let us explain the implications and potential risks which may arise from your building contract.

And if you are already in a dispute, we can help you resolve it and move on with the job.

Whether you operate a construction company, are a commercial or residential builder, property developer or home owner, we can offer expert advice for your circumstances including:

  • Contract advice

Providing advice on standard form contracts, tender documentation, contract risk management and contract compliance.

  • Contract drafting

Drafting customised or ‘bespoke’ construction contracts and amendments to standard form building contracts, including special conditions.

  • Building dispute resolution

Litigation, arbitration and mediation of commercial construction and residential building disputes, representing clients in State Courts and the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

  • Security of Payments

Providing advice on the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act, drafting payment claims, payment schedules, adjudication applications and adjudication responses.

  • Contract Administration

Preparing contract administration documents, contract claims and responses as well as providing advice on claims negotiation and debt recovery processes.

  • Building licensing and Home Building Compensation Fund matters

Providing advice on building licensing and Home Building Compensation Fund issues and compliance under the Home Building Act.


We also offer training and advice relating to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999, including:

  • Review and drafting of payment claims
  • Review and drafting of payment schedules
  • Preparing adjudication applications and adjudication responses
  • Dispute resolution

Contact us for an obligation-free chat about your Building and Construction law needs.

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At Donovan Oates Hannaford you’ll find something a little bit different. We may be a local firm with a long history in the Hastings region, but the solutions we offer our clients draw on broad experience and leading practices of our larger metropolitan counter parts.

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