About Our Law Firm
Contracts Specialist Solicitors and Attorneys is a law firm specialising in providing legal services to homeowners in Sydney and surrounding suburbs, including Surry Hills, Waterloo-Zetland, Glebe, Pyrmont, and Redfern, in NCAT matters, particularly building disputes. We offer a range of tailored legal services, including legal representation, legal advice, document preparation, dispute resolution, and referral to building experts. Having a lawyer is crucial if you are unfamiliar with the legal process or the relevant laws and regulations governing building disputes. Our experienced NCAT lawyers provide the guidance and expertise needed to make informed decisions about your legal matter.
What is NCAT?
NCAT, the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal, is a statutory body that provides a forum for resolving various disputes, including building and construction disputes, across New South Wales. It operates under the Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 and is divided into different divisions, including the Consumer and Commercial Division, which deals with building and construction disputes. This division hears matters related to residential and commercial building disputes, such as incomplete or defective work, non-payment of money, variations, and breaches of contract, arising from the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW).
NCAT aims to resolve disputes quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively, avoiding a lengthy and expensive court process. It encourages parties to resolve disputes through mediation or conciliation, but if a resolution cannot be reached, NCAT can make binding orders to resolve the matter.
NCAT is accessible and user-friendly, providing a range of services to assist parties in navigating the dispute resolution process, including information and guidance on procedures and forms required, as well as assistance with dispute resolution, such as mediation or conciliation.
NCAT Legal Services We Offer
Referral to Building Experts
Directions and Final Hearing
During directions hearings, a series of hearings conducted to speed up proceedings and settle the matter, the NCAT may order the submission of pleadings, affidavit evidence, witness statements, written submissions, and expert reports. In the final hearing, evidence is offered, witnesses are presented, and direct and cross-examination are conducted. We can prepare all the documents you need with a keen eye for detail and represent you with a commitment to upholding your contractual and statutory rights.
Why Hire an NCAT Lawyer
1. NCAT Advice and Assurance
2. Expertise in Building and Construction Law
3. Legal Representation
5. Evidence and Documentation
6. Procedural Knowledge
As an experienced NCAT solicitor, we have a deep understanding of the building and construction laws and regulations governing building disputes. We can provide the legal expertise and representation needed to achieve the best possible outcome in your dispute. Whether you require legal representation or advice, we are committed to providing the support and guidance needed to resolve your building dispute in NCAT.
Meet Our Principal Lawyer
Contracts Specialist is led by John Dela Cruz, a building and construction lawyer with over a decade of experience in advising and representing homeowners in NCAT matters, particularly building disputes. John has dedicated his career to helping clients resolve complex legal issues related to building and construction projects.
He has represented clients in a wide range of disputes, from defects and incomplete works to variations, quantum meruit, suspension of works, termination of contracts, repudiation, and other common building law and contractual disputes. His experience covers both the consumer and commercial divisions of NCAT, as well as the appeals panel.
Based in Sydney, John offers his services to homeowners across New South Wales who require legal advice or representation in NCAT proceedings. He understands that building disputes can be stressful and overwhelming and is committed to providing practical and effective legal solutions tailored to each client’s unique needs.
Over the years, John has developed an extensive network of experienced building expert witnesses who he can refer to assist with building disputes. He has developed strong relationships with these experts, and they have proven valuable in helping build strong cases for clients.
John has a comprehensive understanding of the working procedures and administration of the NCAT, NCAT registry, and hearings. This knowledge enables him to provide informed and strategic advice to clients, helping them achieve the best possible outcome for their building dispute.
Get Legal Advice
Resolving a building dispute can be complex and challenging, but with the help of an experienced NCAT lawyer, you can achieve the best possible outcome. At Contracts Specialist Solicitors and Attorneys, we specialise in providing legal services to homeowners in NCAT matters, particularly building disputes.
Whether you require legal representation or advice, we are committed to providing the highest quality of legal services. We have extensive experience in representing clients in building disputes and a deep understanding of NCAT’s legal procedures and requirements.
If you need an NCAT lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible outcome in your building dispute and providing the support and guidance you need throughout the legal process.
By seeking expert legal advice early on, you can avoid complex legal issues and protect your interests. Contact us today to schedule a legal consultation and learn more about how we can assist you.
Take the Next Step to Resolve Your Home Building Dispute Swiftly and Successfully
Our legal services are tailored to each client’s specific needs. We understand that building disputes can be complex and stressful, and we are committed to providing clients with the guidance and support needed to resolve construction disputes efficiently and cost-effectively.
While anyone can make an application to NCAT and attend a hearing without legal representation, in some cases, it may be beneficial to have legal representation to ensure the best possible outcome in your building dispute.
While you are not required to have a lawyer to attend an NCAT hearing, there are circumstances where you may need the Tribunal’s leave to have legal representation. For example, leave may be required if the matter involves complex legal or factual issues or if the other party has legal representation. Another basis is if the monetary value of your claim exceeds the relevant threshold.
If you are unsure whether you need legal representation for your building dispute in NCAT, it is always best to seek legal advice. As an experienced NCAT lawyer, I can provide the guidance and expertise needed to make informed decisions about your legal matter.
If you require legal representation or advice for your building dispute in NCAT, please do not hesitate to contact me. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of legal services for homeowners, builders, and contractors in Sydney, Surry Hills, Waterloo-Zetland, Glebe, Pyrmont, Redfern, and surrounding areas. We are committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome in your dispute.