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Construction Disputes

BlackBay Lawyers is a leading Australian law firm specializing in commercial litigation and as part of that we assist many builders construction disputes. Our team of seasoned construction dispute lawyers boasts a proven track record of successfully representing clients in a diverse array of construction-related disagreements. These may include contract disputes, subcontractor issues, payment disputes, and disputes around quality and workmanship.

We acknowledge that construction disputes can be a complex and lengthy process, which is why we collaborate closely with our clients to comprehend their unique needs and goals fully. Our construction dispute lawyers have profound knowledge of the laws and regulations applicable to construction disputes. We leverage this understanding to offer our clients strategic and effective legal representation, striving to navigate the intricate landscape of construction law and secure favourable outcomes.

Construction Dispute Lawyer

Understanding Different Types of Construction Disputes

The construction industry, with its multiple stakeholders, intricate contracts, and high-stakes projects, is frequently subject to various disputes. At BlackBay Lawyers, we understand the unique complexities of these disagreements and provide expert guidance to help you navigate them. Here is an overview of the different types of construction disputes we commonly manage:

  1. Payment Disputes: These are common in the construction industry and can arise due to disagreements over contract terms, changes in the scope of work, or delays in payment.

  2. Delays and Time Extensions: Construction projects run on strict timelines, and any delays can have a domino effect on the whole project. Disputes often arise around who is responsible for these delays and who should bear the extra costs.

  3. Variation Claims: Variations to the original scope of work can lead to disputes, especially when there are disagreements about who should pay for these changes and how they impact the project's timeline.

  4. Quality and Workmanship Disputes: These disputes arise when there is disagreement over the quality of work performed or when work doesn't meet the standards outlined in the contract.

  5. Contractual Disputes: Construction contracts are often complex and open to interpretation. Disputes can occur over the understanding of contractual obligations, rights, and responsibilities.

  6. Termination Disputes: When a party wishes to terminate a contract, it can lead to disputes, particularly if there's disagreement over whether the termination is justified and how compensation should be handled.

  7. Defect Claims: These disputes occur when a party claims there are defects in the construction work, whether they are design, material, or workmanship-related.

  8. Disputes Over Subcontractors: With multiple parties involved in construction projects, disputes often arise between main contractors and subcontractors around issues such as scope of work, payment, and performance.

  9. Insurance Disputes: Disagreements over coverage, liability, and claim settlements often lead to insurance disputes in construction.

At BlackBay Lawyers, we have the expertise to handle these and other construction disputes effectively. Our approach is proactive, strategic, and tailored to your unique circumstances, ensuring the best possible resolution for your construction dispute.


"I am incredibly impressed with BlackBay Lawyers' expertise in commercial litigation. They provided invaluable support to my business, addressing each challenge with a unique and tailored approach. Their commitment to understanding our industry and leveraging their extensive knowledge has made all the difference.

Client Quote, Chambers APAC


Meet The Team 

Our commercial litigation team combines decades of experience in the legal industry with countless successful outcomes. Together with our leadership, we have built one of the most renowned teams of commercial litigation lawyers in Australia. 

Practice Head

Victoria-Jane Otavski

Victoria-Jane is a leading litigator and renowned Australian commercial lawyer with a substantial commercial litigation practice. She is the first point of contact for many of Australia's well known, high profile corporations on all commercial litigation cases.


Victoria-Jane has in excess of 15 years experience in commercial law and understands the complexities of commercial law and the need to balance client interests in achieving vindication and managing reputational concerns. Combining her broad general practice with her specialised practice areas, Victoria-Jane is in a unique position to provide strategic and holistic legal services to clients

If you are in need of a Commercial Litigation Lawyer, contact Victoria-Jane below. 

Victoria-Jane Otavski - Commercial Litigation Lawyer
Lauren Kovacic - Commercial Litigation Lawyer


Lauren Kovacic

Yianni van Gelder - Commercial Litigation Lawyer

Graduate at Law

Yianni van Gelder

Isabella Orlic - Commercial Litigation Lawyer


Isabella Orlic

Our Approach

At BlackBay Lawyers, our purpose is to empower our clients to overcome their legal challenges with confidence that not only achieve positive results but also foster growth, innovation, and success


We do this by providing exceptional legal solutions that combine the expertise of the best legal talent with cutting-edge technology. Our team is comprised of specialists in Commercial, Regulatory, Employment, and Defamation Litigation.


We are dedicated to delivering the highest level of service in a holistic manner.

Commercial Litigation Lawyer Team in Action

Practice Area - Commercial Law

BlackBay Construction Dispute Lawyers

Our team of seasoned construction dispute lawyers boasts a demonstrated history of success in representing clients embroiled in complex construction disputes. We offer strategic and efficacious legal representation to clients across a broad spectrum of construction-related disagreements. These include, but are not limited to, contract disagreements, payment disputes, quality and workmanship issues, and disputes involving subcontractors.

As construction dispute lawyers, we possess an in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations pertinent to construction disputes, empowering us to effectively steer through the legal landscape to secure a favorable outcome for our clients. We're well versed in navigating the intricacies of construction law, ensuring your rights and interests are firmly protected. With BlackBay Lawyers by your side, you can confidently turn construction disputes into stepping stones for your business's future success.


Contact our experienced team today

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Make an enquiry

If you are looking for an experienced and expert legal team to handle your construction dispute matter trust us to provide you with the legal guidance and representation you need to achieve a positive outcome. Contact BlackBay Lawyers today to schedule a consultation.

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Commercial Litigation Lawyer Case Process

At BlackBay Lawyers, our comprehensive and meticulous approach to commercial litigation ensures that our clients receive the best possible outcome. As experienced commercial litigation lawyers, we guide our clients through the typical process of initiating and pursuing commercial litigation, keeping their best interests in mind every step of the way.

Initial Consultation and Case Evaluation

During the initial consultation, our team of skilled commercial litigators works closely with the client to gain a deep understanding of their case's specific details and determine the most effective course of action. We also evaluate the potential risks and benefits of proceeding with litigation and provide an estimate of the time and costs involved. This in-depth assessment is crucial to formulating a tailored litigation strategy that meets the client's needs and objectives.

Investigation and Evidence Gathering

Once the client decides to proceed with the case, our team conducts a thorough investigation, gathering all necessary evidence to support their claims. This process may include interviewing witnesses, collecting relevant documents and other forms of evidence, and researching pertinent laws and precedents. The evidence collected during this stage serves as the foundation for the client's case, ensuring a solid base for their legal arguments.

Developing a Legal Strategy and Representation

With the necessary evidence and information in hand, our team of commercial litigation lawyers crafts a comprehensive legal strategy tailored to the client's unique circumstances. This includes drafting and filing crucial legal documents such as pleadings, motions, and briefs. Our team ensures that all documents are filed in accordance with the rules and deadlines of the relevant jurisdiction to avoid any procedural delays or complications.

Ongoing Client Communication and Negotiation

Throughout the litigation process, we prioritize keeping our clients informed of all developments and providing regular updates on the progress of their case. Transparent communication is essential in ensuring that clients understand the legal proceedings and are actively involved in decision-making. If appropriate, our team will also engage in negotiations with the opposing party to reach a settlement that best serves our client's interests.

Trial Representation and Advocacy

If negotiations fail to yield a satisfactory outcome, our commercial litigation lawyers are prepared to represent the client in court. We skillfully advocate for our clients' best interests throughout the trial, using the evidence and legal arguments we have meticulously prepared. Our team continues to fight for a favorable resolution until the final judgment is reached.

Adapting to Unique Circumstances

It is essential to note that each case is unique, and the process may vary depending on the specific circumstances and the jurisdiction in which the case is being heard. Our adaptable approach to commercial litigation enables us to tailor our strategies to meet the demands of each case, ensuring that our clients receive the best possible representation and outcome.

In summary, BlackBay Lawyers' comprehensive approach to commercial litigation encompasses all stages of the legal process, from the initial consultation to the final resolution. By prioritizing our clients' needs and objectives, we provide exceptional legal representation that consistently delivers favorable outcomes.

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