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About Our Building & Construction Contracts Specialist
We are a building and construction contract specialist and construction law firm based in Sydney, AU. Our office is located at the Master Builders Association building at Forest Lodge across from Sydney University and next to the Coroners Court.
Your primary contact will always be Contracts Specialists’ Principal Lawyer, John Dela Cruz.
John Dela Cruz Specialist Building and Construction Lawyer in Sydney, AU
I have been practicing law for over 10 years, specializing in construction law. I work with residential homeowners, builders, and contractors everyday to help them get the best outcome for their legal situation.
I’ve worked in corporate as legal counsel for a Dow 30 construction company, and was a Government Solicitor prior to that. I’m divisional President of the Master Builders Association (NSW), and CEO and founder of Small Builders Building Software.
I have over 2000 users on Small Builders, and I gain insight from it everyday. Small Builders is a construction administration software that helps small and medium-sized construction businesses in Australia run a successful and sustainable business. It helps clients get organised, get compliant, and increase their profitability.
Because of this, I understand construction work, practical practices of various stakeholders to a project, as well as the common issues that occur daily-- defective or incomplete work, late or non-payments, disputes about scope of work, variations and such. It has definitely made be a better construction lawyer in Sydney. I deal with construction law matters such as construction contracts, contract review, contract termination, residential building disputes, commercial building disputes, debt recovery, progress claims, and construction payment schedules on a daily basis.
I grew up in Western Sydney. I am a business owner with local insight. I understand the struggles of homeowners and business owners like you, and I recognise the significance and hardships of running a business or wanting the best result for your investment.
What I Value
Trust. Transparency. Quality. Efficiency. These are things I value.
I run a small yet busy practice. Dedicated, efficient, and responsive, I aim to be the construction lawyer who will guide you through the whole process. I will always be transparent about professional fees. Together, we will work towards a resolution for your legal situation in an ideal timeframe.
Before I start each stage of work, I will tell you exactly what you’re paying for. This kind of transparency will give you control and confidence with the work I am doing for you.
Like most business owners, I don’t switch off when I leave the office. I have passion for what I do. and I want to help my clients get on with their life and focus with things that matter. I understand very well how important your business and your investment is to you. I respect you so I won’t waste your time and money and log on useless billable hours. My interests will be aligned with yours. And we will work towards the best and most cost efficient outcome possible.
Areas of Practice
The building and construction industry is booming in Sydney. This has brought about countless disputes that need to be resolved by law experts who specifically specialize in construction law.
The scope of construction law that a building and construction lawyer deals with includes, but is not limited to:
Construction Contracts Contracts Drafting and Review
Payment Disputes Debt Recovery and Security of Payments
Residential and Commercial Building Disputes
Court and Tribunal Disputes
How I Work
We will do things as efficiently as possible. I work closely with barristers who specialise in construction law. Consulting with barristers early on in the process improves the quality of work and may present a better outcome.
I uphold the quality of my work. I don’t have junior lawyers to do things for me. I am a committed construction lawyer in Sydney who will personally work with you throughout the whole dispute process. And we will always strive for practical time frames and cost efficient resolutions.
Why work with Contract Specialist
Contracts Specialist only deals with legal matters concerning construction law. We deal with it day in and day out. It is our main focus and we are committed to help our clients with issues like residential building disputes, construction contracts, and Security of Payment and debt recovery.
A good construction lawyer in Sydney can help prevent any conflicts from happening. He can investigate a situation and anticipate legal issues that may potentially come up in the future. He must be skilled and experienced to anticipate possible disagreements or disputes, and then be able to adjust things accordingly. This will save clients time and money in the long run.
You can rely on a construction lawyer’s expertise and knowledge of construction law to help you prevent or resolve issues from growing into actual legal problems. Contracts Specialist is committed do that for you. We are dedicated. We communicate well, and are quick to respond to our clients’ queries. As your committed construction lawyer in Sydney, you can surely be confident that you will be getting the right legal advice.
The Process to Move Forward
Construction law can be intimidating to clients, but as your committed construction lawyer in Sydney, I will guide you through the whole process and explain things to you in a way that you would fully understand everything that is happening. I will explain to you the steps we need to take and why exactly that would be our best option.
Building disputes and construction delays can bring so much unnecessary stress, and cost you valuable time and money. I can relieve you of that uncertainty and help you get back on track. With my extensive experience in construction law, you can be assured that I have worked on situations similar to yours.
I want to know your story. What happened? How did you get to this point? Tell me about the situation you’re in. Give me all the details so I will be able to see the whole picture. Don’t worry because your first consultation is free. It will cost you nothing to know where you stand legally. Call now and let’s talk. Upfront I will tell you if and how I can be of help.
Step 2: Document review
I will ask you to send me contracts, invoices, email exchanges, and other types of documents that may be relevant to your case. These will enable me to assess the situation you are in. I need to learn exactly how my expertise in building and construction law can be utilised.
Step 3: Disclosure and Agreement
Fees for specific legal services will be disclosed and you will be asked to sign an agreement with Contracts Specialist.
Step 4: Legal Advice
We will discuss how we can move forward and the steps we need to take to remedy your situation. As your construction lawyer, I am committed to we help defend and enforce your legal rights. Together we will work efficiently and cost-effectively to achieve your goal.
Ready to get the right legal advice? Call Contracts Specialist now and get things started.