Background and Expertise

In his younger days, Nick worked summer holidays as a builder’s labourer. By the time he became a lawyer he already knew:

  • the important difference between a nogging and his noggin;

  • the not so important difference between a spade and a shovel;

  • the importance of work quality and attention to detail.

 

Within a few months of starting work as a construction lawyer in 1997, Nick was acting as junior counsel in Full Court appeals.  

 

Nick has helped countless clients resolve numerous building disputes, both as a solicitor or counsel, and in mediations, arbitrations, Court trials, and in advice on SOP claims and submissions. 

 

Throughout his legal career, Nick has been actively involved on various Construction Industry Boards and Committees including the HIA, CCF and MBA. This has provided him with ongoing exposure to legal issues affecting the construction industry and puts Nick in an excellent position to advise clients, industry bodies and government bodies on the application of legislation and regulation, as well as how best to avoid or resolve construction disputes.  

 

Nick has also been the Chair of the SA Law Society Civil Litigation Committee for several years, a position which has given him an intimate working knowledge of the rules and technicalities of litigation, but more importantly, a deep insight into the most efficient way to resolve construction and property disputes.

Capacity and Service Levels

 

His no nonsense approach to the law is founded upon the philosophy that no legal issue is too big or small – and that the amount in dispute is not necessarily a measure of how important the issue is to his client.

 

He knows that those in the property and construction industry want quick, practical and cost effective advice. 

 

He is committed to being available to clients 24/7 and responding to calls within 24 hours*

 

*Unless he is in Court, preparing for Court, on the hockey field, at a party, in a meeting, on holidays, on family time with his wife and 4 children, or fast asleep like that green sheep.