| Property Law and Conveyancing
A property deal is one of the most important transactions you will ever make. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be stressful, expensive and confusing. While the rewards are great, the consequences of a mistake can be serious for you, your family or your business.
Whether you are buying your first home or making a large commercial property transaction you need expert legal advice. At O’Connor Harris we have decades of experience helping people make their way in the property market.
We understand that even the most simple private property deal is unique. We examine your issues thoroughly, set out all your options clearly, and take as much strain out of the process as possible.
Commercial property can be even more complex—few transactions demand a broader range of expertise. To make it easy for you, O’Connor Harris is highly proficient in
Property and conveyancing practice areas
- Business and Commercial Transactions
- Planning law
- Mortgage and financing law
- Creditor and debtor law
- Landlord and tenant law
- Rent control law
- Private Property
- Commercial Property
- Mortgage Brokers
- Financial services
- Construction and Property Development
- Dispute resolution
- Property settlements after relationship separation
|Building and Construction Law
O’Connor Harris handle all legal disputes arising from the building and construction process - from land acquisition and construction to management of post-construction settlements.
- Contract interpretation, administration & advice
- Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act
- Joint venture & business negotiation
- Construction claims
- Professional liability & negligence
- Tribunal & Court attendances
- Insurance claims advice
- Risk management
- Building protection works
- Claims resolution
- Construction litigation
O’Connor Harris are experienced in all areas of litigation and dispute resolution ranging from negotiating sensitive contractual disputes to litigating high stakes Supreme Court actions and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.
We handle all types of Litigation including:
- Lease Litigation
- Partnership Disputes
- Will Disputes & Estate Disputes
- Debt Recovery Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Business Litigation
- Property Litigation & Building Disputes
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Franchising Litigation
- Insolvency & Bankruptcy Litigation
- Town Planning Disputes
- Sale & Purchase of Business Litigation
|Mediation, Arbitration and dispute resolution
In business or your personal life if a problem escalates to a dispute, it needs to be resolved quickly, before the profitability and / or productivity of the business or relationship starts to be affected. Because of the delay and expense which may occur if matters go to Court, or if there is a need to preserve business or personal relationships, the better option may be to utilise alternative dispute resolution techniques. There are a variety of such techniques, but the most commonly used technique at the present time is mediation.
Mediation is a process in which an independent third person assists the disputing parties to find a mutually acceptable solution. The mediator helps the parties to resolve the dispute themselves, arriving at a settlement agreement that suits both. This informal process has been found to be speedy and cost effective in most instances.
O’Connor Harris can advise clients on whether mediation will be suitable for their dispute and assist clients with preparation of position statements (where appropriate) or other written presentations. O’Connor Harris would also represent you at the mediation itself.
|Wills, Estates and Probates
O’Connor Harris has extensive experience in the field of Wills preparation. We regularly receive instructions to prepare Wills from people of all ages and professions. These instructions range from simple bequests to creating involved testamentary trusts.
We are also able to provide assistance to executors and administrators to enable them to properly deal with all aspects of the administration and finalisation of deceased estates.
The Family Provision Act provides that certain persons are entitled to challenge the provisions of a Will of a deceased person if they have not been adequately provided for. We have extensive experience in this area of law and have been involved in numerous successful challenges made by adult children, widows, widowers and defacto partners.
Family law regulates the private aspects of our lives. Unlike many areas of the law it has a uniquely personal and lasting impact. For this reason it is essential you receive good advice on your legal rights and obligations. Negotiated resolution of disputes, at an early stage, is encouraged at O’Connor Harris.
Our Family Law team is dedicated to providing our clients with a service of the highest quality, relying on up-to-date knowledge of legal authorities and a broad range of experience in family law matters. We tailor our services to your individual needs. Whether you require sensitive and practical negotiation or vigorous pursuit of your legal rights, we aim to provide solutions to any range of Family Law problems in a timely manner.
We have been successfully protecting our clients' rights in respect to all areas of family law, including:
- Marriage Agreements
- De facto relationships Agreements
- Separation negotiations
- Property settlement after separation
- Spousal Maintenance
- Children’s issues
|Personal Injury and Workers compensation
Our Personal Injury legal services include the following areas:
- Fatal accident claims;
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Public liability and/or "slip and trip" claims;
- Criminal injuries compensation claims;
- Claims for personal injury under an insurance policy - e.g. "Total and Permanent Disablement", Income Protection claims.
O’Connor Harris has established and well regarded barristers and solicitors that offer a concise, authoritative and practical approach to each of our client’s Criminal Law matters.
Our services include (but are not limited to) advice and legal representation in relation to:
- Assault offences.
- Traffic offenses.
- Drink driving offenses.
- Drug offenses.
- Tax offenses
- Nuisance offenses
- Stealing offenses.