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What is Building and Construction law in NSW?

In NSW, construction law is the branch of law that deals with the legal aspects of building and construction projects, such as contracts, disputes, liability, insurance, licensing and regulation. In New South Wales (NSW), Australia, construction law is governed by various legislation and common law principles. 

  • The main legislations that govern construction law in NSW are the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) which provides a mechanism for resolving payment disputes between parties in the construction industry;
  • the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) which sets out the rights and obligations of homeowners and builders in relation to residential building work; and
  • the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW), which regulates the planning and approval process for development projects in NSW.

Given the complexity and diversity of construction law in NSW, it is advisable to seek professional legal advice from a construction law firm that has experience and expertise in this field. A construction law firm can help you understand your rights and responsibilities, draft and review contracts, negotiate and resolve disputes, and protect your interests in any legal proceedings.

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How can our Experienced Construction Lawyers Help?


Construction Contract Negotiations

Our Construction Lawyers can provide legal advice and representation in contractual negotiations

Our expert construction lawyers in Sydney and NSW will help you:

  • negotiate strategically and help you prevent commercial and legal problems with your project.
  • behind-the-scenes with legal advice early in commercial negotiations to protect your rights and prevent disputes.
  • identify risky, complex and challenging clauses and concepts in contracts that may not be obvious commercially.
  • ensure your contract reflects your commercial objectives and protects your interests.
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Construction Contract Drafting and Review

Our Expert Lawyers can help you with your legal rights under your building contract

We can assist you with:

  • Drafting and adapting construction contracts for commercial and industrial construction projects tailored to your specific requirements.
  • Identifying and navigating through complex contract clauses that may lead to costly and time-consuming legal issues.
  • Pre-contract reviews so you understand the legal implications of the contract you’re about to sign.
  • Negotiating and drafting special conditions suit the unique circumstances of your major projects.

Major Projects

Our Building Lawyers can help building contract administration to ensure successful project delivery

Our team of building lawyers have strong expertise in providing:

  • proper and cost-effective contract administration and ongoing support for your project team when unexpected changes or issues arise.
  • Ensuring compliance with contracts and maintaining effective communication to minimize disputes and maximize project recovery prospects.
  • Minimizing project risks and protecting your profit margin throughout the duration of the project.
  • Delivering training to equip your team with essential contract administration skills and knowledge.
  • Conducting project audits and health checks to keep your project on track.

Defects, Delays and Claims

Our Construction Lawyers can help with building or construction-related defects, delays and claims

Our Sydney construction lawyers can assist with:

  • Delay, variation, and defect claims resulting from delays caused by the principal in the construction contract.
  • Assessing and pursuing remedies for delays directly caused by the principal, including agreed damages or delay damages to compensate for losses incurred.
  • Dealing with delays not caused by the principal by obtaining extensions of time to complete construction works.
  • Assisting principals in claiming liquidated damages for delays in completion, even after granting extensions of time.
  • Addressing situations where the contract does not cover delay/variation/defect damages or costs, potentially requiring court proceedings.

Security of Payments and Adjudication

Our Experienced Lawyers assist with Debt Recovery under the Security of Payment Act

Our team of construction lawyers can help you with:

  • Making payment claims under the Security of Payments Act legislation to recover progress payments for construction work.
  • Assisting in applying for adjudication to resolve payment disputes effectively.
  • Defending against claims, including preparing adjudication responses to protect your interests.
  • Applying to set aside an adjudication determination if necessary.
  • Enforcing an adjudication determination or judgment to ensure payment.
  • Offering expertise in other debt recovery methods, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in various circumstances.

Building and Construction Dispute Resolution

Our Team of Lawyers can help resolve your building dispute

Our experienced team of construction and dispute lawyers can help you with:

  • Providing expert legal advice and assistance for building disputes, recommending prompt action to address and resolve the issues effectively.
  • Asserting and enforcing contractual rights for clients involved in dispute negotiation and mediation.
  • Assisting in containing damages and presenting the client’s position effectively.
  • advice and representation in all courts including the Supreme Court of NSW, Court of Appeal and NCAT if litigation becomes necessary.

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4.7Out of 5 stars

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Jye Hall
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Anita Bradley has been an absolute dream to deal with. Anita's conveyancing skills and knowledge knows absolutely no boundaries along with her effective communication skills which has made selling and buying a completely stress free exchange for us. We recommend PBL Law to everyone looking for outstanding service. We will definitely be returning clients.

Kushlan Aluwihare
2 months ago

PBL Law Group were fantastic. Anita from PBL worked with us closely during our property search and made the exchange and settlement process smooth and stress free. Highly recommended.

Gail Whitford
3 months ago

PBL handled my late mothers estate, they were very obliging and patient with any and all questions that we had, thank you to David , Sharon and the other staff that we dealt with, everyone was so easy to talk to and friendly .David came to the home where my Mother was living and helped her to get her will in order, Sharon helped us through the process of executing her wishes when the time came even doing a house call which was so much easier, thank you all so much

7 months ago

I have experienced an excellent service from PBL (especially from Anita) during the sale of my recent property on Central Coast, and during the purchase of our current property in Sydney. Throughout many challengers, especially with the sale, Anita presented her very professional and knowledgeable conveyancer, positively solving all obstacles. "Above and Beyond" Award going to Anita!!! 🙂

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Amanda Reitzin
a year ago

The five-star reviews are well-deserved. I needed a motion and a bylaw drawn up for urgent repairs of my strata unit and the AGM was in two weeks' time. My solicitor was friendly, efficient, knew what documents to ask for, and had all the paperwork prepared well within the timeframe. She also took the time to run through all the legalese and the different possible scenarios with me to make sure I understood. I am so glad to have found this firm and I will not hesitate to use their services again in future if the need arises.

Ricky Cooper
a year ago

Anita is amazing! So attentive, approachable and communicates everything every step of the way. I have now bought and sold property with Anita and I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Ron Thomsen
a year ago

Positive: Professionalism, ResponsivenessOur Commercial Property conveyancing was handled very professionally. Anita’s experience and responsiveness was an asset in this transaction.

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a year ago

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, ValueI am so grateful for Anita Bradley from PBL Law Group helped me with this property settlement, she has went above beyond to ensure I understand everything because of our deafness. I will recommended Anita or their team. Thank you so much for all the hard work you have done for us.

For almost 18 months I have been a client of Alex Ilkin. Alex is very knowledgeable and professional and has consistently provided me with thorough, honest and well set out advice, including steering my case through appeal proceedings. He always worked for my best interests with integrity and compassion. I recommend Alex and his team at PBL.

Ainars Klavins
4 years ago

Huge thanks to Reuben and the rest of the Priority Business Lawyers team who recently helped me with an employment law advice in a very professional manner. Reuben was very prompt, helpful, easy to communicate with and straight to the point. I would definitely use PBL services in a future again and would recommend them to anyone who needs help with business / employment law.

Bedhead Hats
4 years ago

The team at PBL are wonderful. Reuben has been such a asset & wealth of advice. Getting all our trading docs up to date with various consumer laws has been a blessing and relief. Will continue to use their services when needed as our business grows.

Stand Alone
4 years ago

I have dealt with Priority Business Lawyers on multiple items ranging from Leasing to Joint Venture agreements. I've dealt with Raea and Reuben, and at all times they offer helpful, professional service and advice. Would recommend this company to anyone looking for lawyer services.

Dave Bell
4 years ago

I could not recommend Priority Business Lawyers highly enough. Reuben and Raea are not only amazing at what they do, they’re genuinely great guys. I went to them with very big expectations and a very small timeframe, they did what they had to do to make it happen for me. Their awesome work and promptness helped my dream become a reality and should I need to call on them again I would not hesitate. Thanks fellas!

I have been dealing with PBL for over a year in the M&A space as a result of a recommendation from a colleague. In several matters, Reuben and the team have always shown foresight in considering the broad picture. One matter in particular, circa $50m, has become very complicated. We are in good hands with PBL and the relationship is reliable, dependable and genuine. I would not hesitate to recommend Reuben, Raea and the team at PBL

Priority Business Lawyers did an absolutely fantastic job recently helping my parents with their big 'sea change' from Sydney to the Central Coast in a number of ways! Consummate professionals with a personal touch, and a coastal firm with big city firm capabilities.

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4 years ago

I have been using PBL for over a year, and have found them to be responsive, dependable and to have a genuine interest in me and my business. I trust PBL daily with matters which are critical to my business and would not hesitate to recommend them.

Phil Henley
4 years ago

Reuben at Priority Business Lawyers is amazing! I was selling my small business and he took care of everything. Stress free sale and definitely use him again!Thank you

Anita was very helpful, easy to talk to, proffesional and knowledgable helped us with a few contracts before finding the right house, then always kept us informed through out thr buying process. Would highly reccomend.

Construction Law

Why Choose PBL Law Group as Your Construction Lawyers in NSW?

Construction Law

Why Choose PBL Law Group as Your Construction Lawyers in NSW?

Construction Law

Free First Consultation with Legal Counsel

Tell us about your legal concerns with your building and construction project and we will provide a pulse-check of your situation and a bespoke strategy to meet your unique legal issues.

Be it starting out a new project, seeking to terminate a contract, to facing legal difficulties in enforcing your rights, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation for you to understand the next best action forward.

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What Makes PBL Law Group Different

We Return Calls

We return calls if we don't pick up on first ring, guaranteed.

We Speak Your Language

Straight talk and in plain english without the jargon.

We Hear You

So we can understand your situation to tailor our advice to your unique situation.

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Construction Lawyers Sydney and NSW can Trust

Construction Law

Construction Lawyers Sydney and NSW can Trust

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Construction Lawyers Sydney and NSW can Trust

Sharon Banning
Director Lawyer
Raea Khan
Associate Lawyer
Mark Stace

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Common Construction Legal Issues and Your Next Steps

If a construction project suffers delays, the principal, contractors and subcontractors may have different options depending on the cause and extent of the delay, as well as the terms of the contract. Some possible options are:

  • Claiming an extension of time (EOT) to complete the work without being liable for liquidated damages or penalties. This option is usually available if the delay is caused by factors beyond the control of the parties, such as adverse weather, force majeure events, or variations ordered by the principal.
  • Claiming additional costs or damages for the delay. This option is usually available if the delay is caused by the breach or negligence of the other party, such as failing to provide access to the site, defective work, or interference with the work.
  • Terminating the contract for repudiation or frustration. This option is usually available if the delay is so severe that it makes the completion of the work impossible or impracticable, or if it shows that the other party has no intention to perform their obligations under the contract.

However, these options are not always straightforward and may depend on various factors such as the type of contract, the notice requirements, the evidence of delay and its impact, and the dispute resolution process. Therefore, it is advisable to seek legal advice from a specialist construction law firm before taking any action in relation to a delayed construction project.

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Raea Khan Circle
Director Lawyer
Raea Khan

Raea is Managing Director and Principal Lawyer for PBl Law Group. Raea assists clients with major projects, property developments, construction and strata law.

He has worked in Western Australia and Queensland assisting with expansion projects in the energy and resource sector and now predominately advises clients in Strata and Community Association matters.

He is a member of the Australian College of Strata Lawyers where majority of his work is advising developers and owners corporations with dispute related minor and major defects, strata governance and common property litigation. He is proficient at leading negotiations and meetings.

Raea has a particular interest in the commercial aspect of any dispute and always tries to weigh up the risk, reward and benefit of legal proceedings at each different stage.

Raea enjoys all forms of competitive sport, including Crossfit and actively participates in Triathlons, representing Australia as an age group athlete. He was a member of Red Head Surf Lifesaving club.

  • Strata Law
  • Construction & Major Projects
  • Commercial and Business Law
  • Planning & Environment Law