Thomas acts and litigates in almost all types of building disputes, from the early pre-contractual stage all the way through to, and following, the practical completion stage.

Thomas acts for owners, builders, sub-contractors, trade contractors, and industry suppliers in all types of building disputes (excluding WorkCover claims, WHSQ prosecutions, and planning & environment disputes).

The building matters in which Thomas acts come in all shapes and sizes, and include the following:

  1. Giving pre-contractual advice to owners so as to ensure a building contract is correctly drafted and fully explained before it is signed;
  2. Advising owners on things such as claims for incomplete or defective work and delay costs, and claims under the QBCC’s Home Warranty Insurance Scheme;
  3. Giving advice to builders and building startups, including on the legislative requirements imposed by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act, Australian Consumer Law, Fair Work Act, Corporations Act, and Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal Act;
  4. Advising builders on contractual claims for progress payments and liquidated damages, responding to disputes involving incomplete or defective work and delay costs, and taking action under the Building and Construction Industry Payments legislation;
  5. Making, and responding, to claims, under the Subcontractors’ Charges legislation;
  6. Bringing and defending proceedings in all Queensland Courts, and preparing applications, responses, and statements, to be filed in the Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal; and
  7. Representing parties at mediations, and settlement or directions conferences.

Thomas also acts for building businesses, suppliers and employees regarding things such as applications to the Fair Work Commission, Fair Work Commission audits and investigations, general debt recovery, cash flow, and insolvency issues, and protection from non-payment or insolvency events (including obtaining and enforcing securities under the Personal Property Securities Act).