Resolving Building Defects

by Christopher Kerin

Chris Kerin lives, breathes, eats and sleeps building defects. His early years were spent studying in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of NSW but he soon switched from the dark side and now practices law and fights the good fight for owners corporations around the country.

His approach to litigation is a 21st century one and is about getting defects rectified rather than fighting about defects in court. It centres on collaboration with the builder and getting an agreement early on before World War 3 starts and the legal fees get out of hand.

In what little spare time he has, he tries to control his minor addiction to social media and salsa and practises small acts of kindness towards marsupials.

His mother thinks he’s the best lawyer in the whole universe but should work less and travel more.

Thoughts from a Strata Lawyer

by Allison Benson

I am a strata lawyer who believes that to work in strata you must keep a sense of perspective (and a sense of humour). I have experience in all facets of strata law and act on behalf of owners corporations and lot owners in respect of both strata and community association disputes and building and construction disputes.

My background is in litigation and dispute resolution and my rule of thumb is think twice before commencing litigation and if you have to litigate, prepare, prepare, prepare.

When not working I scuba dive and form one half of an adventure racing team much to the amusement of friends, family and other competitors.