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BMCL operates solely in the Construction Industry as a specialist law and claims consulting firm that provides a full-service portfolio of professional support services to clients across the building, infrastructure, rail and bus transportation, telecommunications, renewable energy, mining, and oil and gas industries.

Our Directors hold multiple qualifications in engineering, quantity surveying, project management and law. They are members of numerous professional organisations, including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Resolution Institute of Australia, the Project Management Institute of Australia, the Institution of Engineers, and are also registered lawyers who hold current Practicing Certificates in Australia.

We are registered adjudicators in most jurisdictions in the east and west coast and the NT. We prepare Payment Schedules, Submissions for Adjudication and manage Arbitration and Litigation proceedings.

Our services include:

Our breadth of expertise across Project Development and Project Financing, Design Engineering, Project Management, Project Controls and Scheduling, Construction, Commissioning, Commercial Management, and the Law, which uniquely positions us to engage with a wide range of participants involved in the dispute of construction claims with a complete understanding of industry-specific language and terminology.

Baker Merz provides:

  • Contract review and formation services
  • Legal services
  • Claims defense services
  • Forensic delay analysis
  • Contract administration services
  • Dispute resolution services

Like any other law firm, we conduct contract reviews to check errors and ensure discrepancies are discovered and fixed, and that the important terms of confidentiality, indemnification, termination and dispute resolution are fully covered.

Unlike other law firms, we also review the technical specifications, engineering drawings, scope of works, and delivery schedule to ensure that the entire contract is cohesive and meets the objectives of the project.

We prepare letter-templates, assist in the drafting of correspondence, and provide legal and contracts advice to the Commercial and Contracts Manager on the site.

We assist Construction and Contracts Management teams with the creation of an appropriate claim management system where all records of contentious issues are kept.

We conduct claim administration sessions to educate the Contracts Management team on the key aspects of the Contracts and Legal aspects.

On long term projects, where turnover of personnel cannot be avoided, we obtain affidavits when claim-events are fresh in people's minds and keep them on file for reference.

We review tender documents, tender submissions, the contract, site records and schedule to quickly determine if an event gives rise to a valid claim.

Once the right to a claim is established, we review its impact on cost and on the critical path.

We ensure claim defences include an appropriate interpretation of the contract terms, evidentiary record, delay analysis and substantiation of cost.


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Contract Reviews

A well-written construction contract can minimise risks. Before you sign any agreement, we will make sure that it will be in your best interests.

We can draft and review construction contracts, and develop contract administration templates to ensure compliance with pre-conditions to entitlement, overcome time-bars and ensure entitlement.

Security of Payments Act

We can assist in drafting your Payment Claim or Payment Schedule within the short time frames provided for in the Act to put you in the best position to prevail in any dispute.

We combine our technical and construction expertise with our comprehensive legal knowledge of the Act to make sure our clients make the most of their rights under the contract and under the Act.

Claims Preparation

Our breath of technico-legal expertise allows us to find legitimate recovery avenues and prepare well structured fully-substantiated claims written in plain English that are easy to follow.

We conduct exhaustive investigations to evaluate, prepare, and present construction claims and assist our clients develop strategies to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently.

CPM Delay Analysis

We prepare robust prospective and retrospective windows, and time-impact analysis to determine delays, concurrent delays and apportionment.

We also calculate productivity rates using approved methods (earned values or measured mile) to determine the quantum of disruption claims.

Independent Assessments

We evaluate merit, quantum and entitlement and provide Third Party Independent Reports to help our clients understand the strengths and weakness of their contractual position.

We are some of the strongest independent witnesses and regularly provide Expert Reports and expert testimony in arbitration and litigation proceedings.

Dispute Resolution & 
Legal Services

When amicable resolution fails, you can rely on us to remain helping you in recovering debts through arbitration, the tribunals and the courts. We will guide you through the legal process, and work towards a resolution of your dispute in the shortest possible time.

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Baker Merz Construction Lawyers - Construction Claim Practioners

Brisbane (HQ), Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Santiago.

Phone: 1300 710 864

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