4 Tips for Hiring a Construction Lawyer

Aug 17, 2016
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Written by Nishita John

From the architectural conception of your project to its completion, whether you are building your own home or a large scale building project, getting the right professional advice is essential for the success of your construction projects.

The building and construction industry are high risk and highly regulated, as many legal issues can arise throughout the course of a construction project. These can range from contractual disputes, insurance claims and employment related disputes. It is important to have a lawyer experienced in construction law to provide proper legal guidance in these situations.

Through LawPath, you can get in touch with a Construction Lawyer to help you understand the legal needs of your construction projects and provide you with the appropriate documentation for your situation.

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Here are 4 Tips for Hiring a Construction Lawyer

1. Experience, experience!

For building projects, it is important to have a lawyer with experience in the intricacies of building and construction law. Having an experienced construction lawyer will ensure that your project runs smoothly and to a high standard.

Risks that arise during the course of the project can slow down activities, resulting in significant delays and associated costs. Consulting a construction lawyer experienced in these legal situations will ensure that these issues are dealt with safely and in a timely manner.

2. Pragmatic and Professional

A construction lawyer should be focused on completing the project safely and within the time-frame of the project. The right lawyer will communicate properly and keep you updated on all important developments.

Construction law involves dealing with multiple issues across multiple stakeholders. A construction lawyer must be able to address these issues without wasting time as delays can result in higher costs.

It is important to engage with a lawyer who is knowledgeable in construction law and will appropriately manage the legal needs of all stakeholders.

3. A lawyer who understands the legal requirements of constructing in your locality

There are a series of state and local council laws that impose restrictions on the type of work conducted on construction sites. It is imperative to be aware of these laws to avoid delays and penalties. A construction lawyer who is aware of these local rules will help to address specific concerns regarding your construction project.

For example – Applying for a building licence in NSW is a complicated process. Prior to applying for one, it is important to detail your experience in building construction with references. A construction lawyer who has worked in this area can provide you with the advice appropriate to your needs.

4. A ‘well-connected’ construction lawyer.

Construction law involves dealing with various contractors, architects, engineers, surveyors and insurance companies. A well-connected construction lawyer usually deals with various stakeholders on a regular basis which keeps him or her market ready of the latest development in the field.

Lawpath has access to highly qualified Construction Lawyers who will assist with all your construction law needs and provide the documentation that you will need throughout the course of your construction project.

Unsure where to start? Contact a LawPath consultant on 1800LAWPATH to learn more about customising legal documents, obtaining a fixed-fee quote from our network of 600+ expert lawyers or to get answers to your legal questions.

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