Construction & Contract Works

Wotton + Kearney has an experienced team of construction lawyers specialising in claims arising out of the construction industry, both litigated and non-litigated.

Our experience extends to acting for construction professionals such as engineers, architects, design and construction companies, project managers and supervisors, building surveyors and land surveyors. We also have significant experience in both property damage and personal injury claims arising out of construction projects and construction works generally.

We primarily act on instructions from insurers, but also from construction professionals directly (typically in under-deductible matters).  We are the preferred legal advisers to a number of leading project management, development and engineering companies involved in all aspects of commercial and industrial development.

We have acted in some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest construction disputes, appearing across all major in most Australian and New Zealand jurisdictions.

Although not a core part of our business, we have experience in advising construction professionals in the course of contractual negotiations.  We have also acted in claims made under the various security of payments legislation, where such claims are connected with (or related to) a breach of duty or breach of contract claim against the professional. In addition, we have provided risk management and claims mitigation training to engineers, land surveyors and design and construction companies.

We handle construction-related claims involving:

  • professional negligence claims;
  • recovery actions;
  • personal injury;
  • property damage;
  • insurance coverage disputes (including double insurance claims);
  • contract works claims; and
  • contractual disputes.

Members of our construction team are active participants in a number of peak bodies involved in the construction industry, including the Society of Construction Law, the Building Practitioners Dispute Society and various other working groups and professional bodies, and regularly present to those organisations.