Particular areas of building and construction law that Mike is passionate about are helping his clients with protecting their interests when a dispute arises, whether it’s security of payments, adjudication, or in proceedings in NCAT, VCAT, QCAT, the Magistrates, Local District, Supreme or the Courts of Appeal, helping his clients resolve the dispute as quickly and cost effectively as possible is always at the forefront.
There is no substitute for experience, especially where there is a lot is at stake and some of the legal processes can take several months and sometimes years to progress a matter to resolution.
Mike has been practicing in and the director of his own practice, Wilkinson Building & Construction Lawyers Pty Ltd for more than 10 years, and in that time has worked on and dealt with more than 575 matters for clients, which have involved contract drafting, negotiations, management and dispute resolution with contract or claim values of between $20,000 and $30,000,000.
Clients include, individuals, homeowners, residential and commercial builders, subcontractors, suppliers, developers, schools, ASX listed companies, businesses, banks, accountants, liquidators, strata managers, owners corporations, manufacturers, barristers and other solicitors.
It’s the experience gained from and the privilege of working for his clients on all those matters which makes Mike an experienced practitioner, with immense knowledge and experience of building and construction law.
Mike is admitted to practice as a solicitor in the Australian Capital Territory, the High Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Queensland, Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of New Zealand. He has trained and employed solicitors who have gained the experience and confidence from Mike to go on to establish their own practices.
He has significant experience with both small and large contracts which involve between 2 and 410 parties with vested interests in the building and construction works and the outcome.
As a member of the Master Builders Association he has a keen interest in the building industry and the issues which builders and the recipients of the builders work face.
Mike has also been trained and is accredited as a mediator.