Building Contract Advice

We offer advice for homeowners looking to enter into building contracts both small ($5,000 - $20,000 in value) and large (over $20,000) for:

  • Building new homes (from start to finish)
  • Renovations
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Design work

We can provide specialist advice on standard form contracts and bespoke contracts and navigating problematic issues and pitfalls.

Remember - Residential contracts are heavily favoured to builders and therefore advice should be sought before entering into them!

Building Contract Disputes

We can assist with navigating contractual disputes in relation to contracts of all sizes including the following common issues:

  • Completion and performance of works
  • Suspension or stoppage of works
  • Timing and delivery of works
  • Claims for incomplete or defective works
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Security of Payment claims and monetary disputes

Most importantly as of recent legislative changes, the Security of Payment regime now applies to residential work and therefore it is important that security of payment claims are responded to promptly.

Building Defect Claims

Bannermans Lawyers understands the frustrations and concerns when owners discover building defects. With our team of knowledgeable experts we help all types of properties, from multi storey unit blocks to free standing homes. Our goal is always to resolve your defects in a timely and cost effective manner.

We specialise in assisting homeowners with Building Defects claims including:

  • Including complaints and Tribunal and Court proceedings
  • Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms
  • Advice on applicable statutory warranty periods
  • Home Building Act 1989 advice
  • 10 year Retrospective rights advice

Our Claim Process


Preliminary Advice

Bannermans providing advice and determining who is responsible for the defect and the statutory warranty period.


Settlement Discussions

Bannermans attempting to settle and resolve the defects claim prior to litigation.


Commencing Proceedings

As a last resort Bannermans to commence litigation to resolve defects.



Over the past five years I have sought assistance from Bannermans Lawyers on Strata and Community issues. Bannermans partner Duncan Campbell has consistently delivered advice that is thoroughly researched and reliable on complex matters and was instrumental in resolving a building defects claim successfully in favour of an owners corporation where the developer engaged an international law firm. Duncan is always available to discuss day to day issues involving strata building insurance and interpretation of complex areas of community association and strata legislation. I unreservedly recommend the services of Bannermans Lawyers in particular Duncan Campbell.

Mark Launt, Bright & Duggan

Bannermans Lawyers helped us through the difficult task of rectifying building defects on our new building. We contacted them on a Friday afternoon having found out that our previous strata manger gave us poor advice and we were running out of time to submit a claim against the developer. That same afternoon, the principal, David Bannerman contacted us and gave us all the information on how to proceed. He arranged a number of engineering companies to provide us with quotes for the preparation of building and fire defect reports and even personally attended a meeting with our Executive Committee where he carefully guided us through the difficult situation we were in. By this stage he had carried out this work and provided us with all the information without any commitment on our part. His vast knowledge and confidence reassured us that Bannermans were the right people to represent us and they did not disappoint. I would recommend Bannermans to anyone who finds themselves in similar circumstances to us.

Martin Rolon, Owner

Having worked with Bannermans Lawyers on a number of defects claims I can attest to their experience and processes thus ensuring the matters progressed at a steady pace. Their knowledge of the legislation and court procedures and having access to expert witnesses all contributes to a client level of confidence in the proceedings being successful. They provide regular updates to clients and sound counsel.

David Terry, Strata Logic

Bannermans Lawyers has been crucial in assisting us manage risks in our building


Our Team

Duncan Campbell
Corinne Deall
Lily McMillan
Kayla Khamis

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