As the year wraps up, our Director, Aleisha MacKenzie has taken the time to reflect not just on our firms’ achievements but also the challenges we have overcome as a team and the construction industry as a whole.
We have been busier than ever this year supporting our client’s businesses and have had record numbers of referrals from industry bodies and colleagues.
Our team have assisted countless homeowners by reviewing and advising on their contracts, providing advice during their residential builds and at handover, and with their QBCC QHWS insurance claims. However, by far the most common enquiry we received from homeowners this year was how to navigate the shock of receiving large requests for price increases(up to $80,000) due to cost escalation and delays.
We helped our residential builder clients insert clauses into their contracts to adequately protect themselves from the increased costs of building and industry wide delays, and also navigate dispute resolution with their clients.
The team also had steady flow of work assisting licensees with QBCC related matters, such as complex licensing advice.
On the commercial building front, we were kept busy with assisting our ongoing client’s and new clients with contract reviews and negotiations, contract management (including payment disputes utilizing adjudication and subcontractors charges) and litigious matters.
With the fall of a number of building companies this year, or work also involved navigating the impact this had on ongoing projects for our principal clients and subcontractors.
In our experience, 2022 largely was about helping our clients navigate the after effects of the pandemic. For the industry, we hope that 2023 is less about disputes and more building back up trusted relationships and delivering great projects on time and on budget.
Thank you to our clients, industry bodies, colleagues, friends and family for your support in 2022. We wish you good health and success in 2023!