Building Disputes

Best Hooper has an extensive practice in assisting clients in building disputes involving residential and commercial construction projects.

Our Expertise

Our solicitors regularly represent clients at the Building Appeals Board, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and in the courts, whether by instructing counsel or as a solicitor advocate – whichever is appropriate.

Among our building and construction practice, we can assist with the following:

  • Showing cause in response to a formal notice served by a municipal surveyor or a relevant building surveyor.
  • Appeals against an order served by a municipal surveyor or a relevant building surveyor.
  • Disputes with a surveyor, builder, sub-contractor or other persons involved in the construction process.
  • Adjudications under the Building Industry Security of Payment regime. We have acted for disputants. Jim Robinson is an adjudicator registered under the Act, and will accept appointments to adjudicate disputes.
  • Protection works notices and related disputes, including applications for recovering costs for the assessment and supervision of protection works.
  • Compensation for protection works.
  • Criminal prosecutions commenced by a council.
  • Fencing disputes.

Our experience ranges from representing first time owner-builders to multi-million dollar litigation conducted on behalf of commercial operators.

Building Dispute Lawyers

Robert McKay

Principal Lawyer

Robert was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2009 and has since grown his general commercial litigation practice with a focus on property, leasing and general land law disputes. Robert brings sharp legal and strategic thinking to complex disputes, combined with a commercial outcomes-based approach to deliver outstanding results for his clients.

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