When building disputes occur they can be very stressful, time consuming and expensive to resolve within the court system. Most disputes arise because people do not understand the responsibilities a building contract places on the part of the home owner and on the part of the builder. Often misunderstandings involve building costs, quality of work, variations or changes to the work, time periods to completion and the work that will actually be performed and these may develop into disputes.
Our service extends to providing practical expert advice on preventing or resolving differences between you and your builder or tradesman, such as communication breakdown, disagreement about variations to the original contract or problems with workmanship.
Often by engaging an independent expert the problem can be diffused or resolved, avoiding costly delays, added friction or changing the whole tone of the working relationship.
Keith Le Compte is an experienced building consultant and will visit the site to learn about the problems, then initiate a solution. Your contract drawings and specifications may be reviewed so that an expert and impartial opinion can be formed as the basis of resolving the problem.
No matter how competent or responsible a builder and client are, some disputes cannot be avoided during a building project. Resolving contractual disputes through methods such as litigation and arbitration can be time consuming and costly and in some instances, the cost of resolving disputes has exceeded the total value of the original contract. Therefore alternative forms of dispute resolution are gaining increasing prominence in today’s building and construction industry.
In order to reduce the probability of expensive and time-consuming procedures, professional advice should be sought at the earliest sign of any potential conflict between the contracted parties. Keith is an expert in Dispute Resolution and offers a range of services from facilitating and negotiation through to preparing expert reports and giving expert witness evidence in court if needed.
Expert Witness in cases of litigation
KR Le Compte & Associates provide Expert Witness and litigation support for building disputes between owners and builders for reports where poor workmanship or defective work has been carried out for matters that may need to go before the courts and NCAT (NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal) which may be claimed against the builder.
Support is also provided for builders who may have problems with an owner making claims against the builder where a dispute has not been able to be settled.
In all of these matters, it is Keith’s aim to try to settle the claims between the parties so as to avoid any litigation involving court action to try to minimise costs but if court action is required, then Keith and his team have extensive experience in these areas.