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Issues our Construction Lawyer can help you with

We can help on various issues on construction law. With our 10+ years of experience dealing with these, you are sure to get expert legal advice.

John Dela Cruz is a Sydney-based building and construction lawyer

with over 10 years of experience specialising in construction law.

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Contracts Specialist can help you deal with debt recovery and Security of Payment, residential and commercial building disputes, payment disputes and variations, construction contract review, as well as New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) proceedings.

Our law firm only deals with construction law matters, so you can be assured that you will be getting the right legal advice.

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Non-Payments or Partial Payments

Our legal clients come to us with various stories about the situations they are in. The following situations are what usually happens when it comes to issues about non-payments or partial payments:

  1. A homeowner engages a builder to carry out construction work.
  2. The builder performs the work and sends a claim for progress payment.
  3. The homeowner either denies the builder the payment or reduces payment of the builder’s claim for reasons such as:
    • the builder did not provide proof/evidence of completion of the works
    • the builder did not have the work approved, certified, or provide the owner with a copy of the certificate 
    • the builder’s work is incomplete and is found to be defective

There are also contractors who keep giving builders the runaround and disputes their claim even if they did their specific work. They tend to give excuses such as they haven’t been paid by the clients yet, or more work needs to be done.

Contracts Specialist can check if they are in breach of their contract. What they are doing may be illegal and unfair, so our construction lawyer can help you take control of the situation and get you the money that’s rightfully yours.

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Court Work and Debt Recovery

We have experience in acting for all parties in construction disputes– homeowners, contractors, and subcontractors.

In terms of debt recovery, we will look over your construction contracts and other documents to pinpoint exactly where you stand legally. Whichever legal option you chose to undergo, we can help you prepare a statement of claim or draft submissions for adjudication to ensure that you will receive the construction payment you rightfully deserve.

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Adjudication is the legal process for resolving building disputes without resorting to lengthy and expensive court proceedings. This can be an overwhelming process, but Contracts Specialist has the knowledge and know-how to guide you through it all.

Our specialist construction law firm has extensive experience in court proceedings, drafting of submissions and other supporting documents for adjudications, and dealing with construction solicitors. 

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Building Disputes

Put your mind on ease as we work with your building dispute. We can assist you with your legal issues about: 

  • residential and commercial building disputes; 
  • payment disputes and variations;
  • New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) proceedings;
  • contract termination

We will go over the scope of work stated on your building contract and investigate whether a breach has been made. We could also connect you to building experts and barristers to help strengthen your case. 

We will make sure to explore all your legal and construction dispute resolution options, so we can guide you either through litigation or a settlement. 

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Contract Review

As specialist building and construction lawyers, we have extensive experience in drafting and reviewing a wide range of contracts for our clients- both contractors and homeowners such as Home Building, Commercial, Lump Sum, and Cost Plus contracts, as well as Subcontract Agreements.

Before signing any construction contract, make sure that the things written on it will be in your best interest. Consult with Contract Specialists so you have peace of mind and can ensure that you can avoid legal issues in the future.

We deal with construction contracts on a daily basis, so you can trust that that you’ll be getting the right advice.


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If you are currently in a situation, let’s talk.

Don’t worry; your first consultation is free. The uncertainty of a building and construction dispute can bring so much unnecessary stress, and can cost you so much valuable time and money. As your trusted building and construction lawyer, I will work hard put a stop to that. I will help you enforce and defend your legal rights– whether you are the homeowner, a builder, or subcontractor.


You can be confident that you are getting the right legal advice.

Contracts Specialist is a Sydney-based construction law firm that deals with Building DisputesConstruction Contracts, Debt Recovery, and Security of Payment. With Contracts Specialist, you are ensured that you are in good hands.

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