Category Archives: Building Disputes- Expert Witness

Dispute mediation- bring out your guns and win!

Some time ago I wrote about dispute mediation that left my client with less than satisfactory result¬†http://www.buildingexpert.net.au/blog/dispute-mediation-bring-out-your-guns-or-else/ Recently however I was assisting another of my client’s in a dispute of virtually the same subject. Fourth building owner was seeking compensation … Continue reading

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Pre purchase inspection, your investment is at risk!

Buying a property is risky investment and you can get caught out and it could cost you plenty and give you a lot of headache. My client, a young man invested in a unit but did not get a pre … Continue reading

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Dispute Mediation? Bring out your guns or else!

About a year ago I prepared VCAT report for a client in defence of claim by home purchaser against him. The claim was of all sort of defects and on my analysis most of them were trumped up, wishful thinking … Continue reading

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Expert evidence, building expert prevails, owner builder ordered to pay damages.

Just freshly out of a VCAT hearing where my client has been successful in getting order against owner builder for defective work. My client had purchased an owner built property and had done everything right but still got a wrong … Continue reading

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VCAT win! Building Expert comes up with the goods again!

Back in December 2102 I reported that my client bricklayer got a default judgment for “no show”by the owner builder and his expert. Well, guess what, somehow owner got a second bite at the cherry and the matter was re … Continue reading

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Excavation in rock, 45K claim destroyed by building expert evidence!

Recently I was asked to provide expert evidence in a dispute regarding excavation in rock for a home in Epping Victoria. Builder (well established mid tier builder) had made variation claim of 45K as adjustment against provisional sum in the … Continue reading

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Building expert evidence prevails in court!

Recently I appeared in court proceedings in a dispute regarding quality of workmanship. Owner builder (but a professional in the building field) claimed cost of demolition and reconstruction of paving upon which contractor applied finishing works. The works were around … Continue reading

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Building Expert evidence prevails in VCAT

Recently I appeared as expert witness in a failed bathroom tiling dispute. The tiles had failed and had cracked because of defective waterproofing and shower enclosure leaks caused swelling of tiling sub strata. The home was approximately seven years old. … Continue reading

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Building dispute resolved! Builder caves in!

Recently I was assisting my client in his dispute with the builder. Workmanship was plainly defective but the builder (top tier builder) refused to fix ¬†drummy floor tiles (hollow sounding when tapped) claiming that “it was within tolerances” Here we … Continue reading

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Building Expert evidence prevails in VCAT

Just recently I was giving expert evidence in VCAT proceedings in relation to defective building works to four townhouses and the estimated cost of rectifying defects for the owners. Builder brought his own building consultant. Not surprisingly my estimates were … Continue reading

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