Melbourne's Expert Building & Property Dispute Lawyers, Professional Liability disputes and Insurance Lawyers.

If you have a problem with building defects, water ingress disputes (particularly in apartments), professional liability or insurance, book an appointment today.

Building & Property Disputes

We are experts in:

  • Building defect and water ingress claims
  • Property disputes related to boundaries, leases and sale of land
  • Strata, owners corporation and apartment related building and insurance issues.

Liability Disputes

We are experts in professional liability, negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct claims especially against professionals. This includes:

  • Building professionals including engineers, architects and surveyors
  • Property professionals including conveyancers, real estate agents and building inspectors
  • Financial professionals including mortgage brokers, insurance brokers and financial advisers.

Insurance Disputes

We are Melbourne’s experts in insurance disputes related to:

  • Professional indemnity insurance. We advise professionals on cover, new claims and act in defence of professionals
  • Home property and strata insurance claims
  • Domestic builders warranty insurance claims and plumbing insurance claims.

Time limits apply to claims. Book an appointment today.

Brockhill & Usherwood Lawyers

Building. Liability. Insurance.

At Brockhill & Usherwood (BU Lawyers) our vision is to always obtain the best outcomes for our clients. We do this by being experts in the select areas in which we practise – building and property, professional liability and insurance. These three categories of law often interrelate in a single dispute.

Our approach is to always achieve the best outcome for you, our customer. We work diligently to create innovative solutions and tirelessly pursue a positive resolution for you.

Experience in the law is absolutely critical. We know building disputes and professional liability and insurance.

Best disputes lawyer Victoria

Our approach is to always achieve the best outcome for you, our customer. We work diligently, create innovative solutions and tirelessly pursue a positive resolution for you.

Striving to achieve the best outcome

Our People

BU Lawyers are experts in building, property and insurance legal disputes. Our principal solicitor has worked at Lloyds of London, at major corporations and as an insurance General Counsel in addition to many years in private practice.

When you have a building or property dispute you need a lawyer with outstanding insurance and professional liability credentials. Don’t settle for less in pursuing or defending your claim.

Meet the people who will support your case.

Blair McNamara

Principal Lawyer (LLB (Hons) Bbus, Dip Fin Serv)

Katy Gale

Paralegal

Blair McNamara

Principal Lawyer (LLB (Hons) Bbus, Dip Fin Serv)

Katy Gale

Paralegal

Book a consultation today and discover what sets us apart.

Serving Clients across Victoria

Our Offices

We serve clients across Victoria and Australia from Melbourne, Geelong and our Surf Coast office.  

Melbourne

Geelong and the Surf Coast

Melbourne

Geelong and the Surf Coast

Testimonials

I am very happy with Blair’s strategic, well-thought-out and carefully considered advice and methodical approach. He is an ethical and caring lawyer who gets things done. I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Blair’s assistance in my commercial lease negotiations was invaluable. His approach was fresh, concise and calm and, as a result, we were able to reach the desired outcome.
Blair is not only clearly an expert in the field of construction industry disputes, but he is also very personable and shows genuine empathy. His skill to translate legal jargon into plain English for us and the time he takes to ensure that we, as his clients, understand exactly what is happening and are able to make informed decisions means we feel that we are in the best hands.

Representing Your Best Interests

Building. Liability. Insurance.

We regularly act in the County Court of Victoria and Supreme Court of Victoria in building, financial and property disputes.

We regularly act at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in building defect claims and water act claims which are usually heard in the Building and Property List.    

We act in Australian Financial Complaints Authority cases.  

We are experienced in representing your interests both in negotiation and, if needed, in court.

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