Building and Construction Lawyer

Becker Watt Lawyers are the legal professionals to call when you need a Building and Construction Lawyer.

We are experienced in all aspects of Building and Construction Law and can guide you through situations that require a building and construction lawyer in Brisbane. Our highly trained and experienced staff are equipped to help you with your construction law dispute.  We are able to offer advice and assistance in all areas of Building and Construction Law, including the following areas:

Commercial Contract Advice

At Becker Watt Lawyers we have vast experience in reviewing, analysing and advising clients on any issues within most standard form building contracts. If required, we can draft amendments or insert special conditions to standard form contracts which gives you the protection you need to ensure you minimise risks associated with commercial building projects.

The experienced team of building and construction contract lawyers at Becker Watts ensure all contracts are fully compliant with the relevant legislation, such as ; Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991, Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 and the Personal Properties and Securities Act 2009 (Cth).

If you require further information on Commercial Contract Advice please contact us on 07 3269 4888 or contact us on

Residential Contract Advice

No matter which stage you are at in your construction project, Becker Watt Lawyers can provide help and assistance every step of the way.Our contract lawyer team can review the construction contract prior to signing to ensure it is exactly as you requested and can give you plain English advice. Our Brisbane lawyers have vast experience dealing with the QBCC and will ensure the contract is compliant within the QBCC Act.

Domestic Construction Contract Administration – At Becker Watt Lawyers we provide you with assistance in the administration of the contract to ensure you are fully complaint and avoid any potential contractual disputes.

Our team have in depth knowledge and experience in all the industry standard forms of construction, including (but not limited to) ;

If you require further information on Domestic Contract Advice, please contact us on 07 3269 4888 or contact us on

Residential Builders

We can assist you with:

  • Contract review and compliance – we will make sure your subcontracts are compliant;
  • Negotiations and dispute resolution – we can help you resolve disputes;
  • Interactions with the QBCC – we can assist in your dealings with the QBCC including directions to rectify and other disciplinary actions like QBCC disputes; and
  • Debt recovery.

We understand Residential Builders and are well placed to assist you with all of your building and general business requirements.

Commercial Builders

We can assist you with:

  • Contract review – let us review and advise you on upcoming contracts to provide legal advice with your construction contract;
  • Contract negotiations – let us help you negotiate a balanced contract;
  • Subcontractor selection and negotiation – let us help you with your Contract administration.  We are here to provide you with additional contract administration resources;
  • Payment Claims – we can draft your payment claims;
  • Payment Schedules – let us assist with the drafting of your payment schedules, ensuring that you comply with the strict BIFA time frames.
  • Contract disputes – we can assist you to resolve any contractual disputes that arise and if necessary, see the matter through the litigation process.

We can provide you with all the legal services you need; both front and back end.


It’s important to ensure that you engage your project lawyers early. We can assist you with all your project’s legal requirements.

Let us help you:

  • Select the right type of contract for your project – either design and construct or construct only we give you legal advice on your construction contract;
  • Negotiate a contract with your selected Contractor – we can ensure that your rights are protected during the course of construction and beyond;
  • Client side contract administration – we can help ensure that your contractor complies with all their obligations;
  • Payment Schedules – let us help draft your payment schedules to ensure strict compliance with the requirements of the BIFA and its time frames;
  • Contract disputes – we can assist in helping you resolve any contractual disputes that arise and if necessary, see the matter through the litigation process.


Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (“BIFA”) has now become an integral part of getting paid for construction work in Queensland. One of the integral aspects of the BIFA is the very short timelines. In an environment where timelines are critical, we are construction lawyers with industry knowledge, who can give you the answers you need, when you need them. In order to get the best construction legal advice in Brisbane.

We are focused on providing our clients with timely and cost effective advice. Our experienced lawyers have represented clients in BIFA matters from a few thousand to a few millions dollars.

We know the deadlines imposed on building industry participants in the context of BIFA for both claimants and respondents.

We are experienced in BIFA adjudication applications and responses, our firm is capable of mobilizing a team on short notice to meet the often onerous time requirements of the BIFA.

In circumstances where you are unsatisfied with the result of a BIFA decision, we are able to advise you of your options in a commercial and expedient manner.

Another facet of our BIFA practice area is advising clients with regards to the best practices in issuing and dealing with BIFA claims. We can advise on appropriately drafting for BIFA claims and invoices, incorporating terms in contracts and subcontracts consistent with BIFA legislation, and provide advice on how best to respond to a BIFA claim.

To discuss your legal matter with a highly experienced construction lawyer in Brisbane please call 07 3269 4888, or email us. Let Becker Watt Lawyers represent you as your Building and Construction Lawyer.