State Administrative Tribunal Hearings
We have successfully handled large construction disputes in the courts, in the State Administrative Tribunal ('SAT') and in the Building Disputes Tribunal for all sorts of clients including construction companies, structural steel companies, developers and home owners.
We handled a case involving the owners of Lots in a Mandurah Canal subdivision in dispute over access to jetties and the case was won.
We represented a prominent winery in dispute with a builder that was set down for a 4 day trial in the SAT. On day 2 of the trial the other side's lawyers advised us their client would not continue defending the case and they consented to judgment for all of our client's claims and completed rectification work as ordered by the SAT.
Because our offices are not located in the CBD our rates are substantially lower, often up to 20% lower, than most commercial law firms.
In our experience sometimes clients shop around with quotes that we provide, which of course is their right. We always tell clients, therefore, if they receive what they think is a better price they can forward it to us and we will match it.
Our legal advice is now often sought in relation to the State Administrative Tribunal (see our more in depth article in our Facts Page). Perhaps one of the biggest achievements of the SAT over the past year has been the successful use of mediation to solve disputes.
The Tribunal President Justice Barker is a trained mediator, who said recently in "The West Australian Newspaper" that it was common to discover that the two parties in a dispute have not previously had the opportunity to talk.
"We have been diverting a lot of applications to mediation and conferences with quite amazing outcomes".
In the development and resources stream, about two-thirds of all minor applications are resolved via mediation. Of the major matters sent to mediation, about two-thirds are also settled. People lodging applications at the tribunal can expect a directions hearing within 21 days and fast-track procedures have been put in place for guardianship decisions, typically involving the personal finances and care of some of the most vulnerable community members.
Oral judgments are also encouraged because they take far less time to deliver than written ones and many applicants are satisfied simply hearing the reasons behind a judgment. Most tribunal decisions are published on its website, with the exception of mental health and guardianship decisions, where due to privacy reasons a selection of representative decisions are published.
The West Australian Newspaper – 23 January 2006
Aherns Lawyers, is a West Australian Commercial Law Firm that practices commercial law in a large law firm manner, however unlike large commercial law practices, at Aherns Lawyers every client is able to speak to the principal, Marcus Ahern.