Areas Of Practice

Building and Construction

Our building and construction team advises property developers, builders, owners, contractors, investors and financiers on all aspects of a project from concept to completion.

We are involved in a diverse range of construction and infrastructure projects in Queensland. We provide assistance across all aspects of a project, including resolving disputes.

  • Tender preparation and advice
  • Contract documentation
  • Contract administration
  • Dispute and claims resolution
  • Infrastructure negotiations
  • Subcontractors’ Charges Claim
  • Building and Construction Industry Payments Act claims
  • Queensland Building and Construction Commission compliance, licensing and prosecution matters
  • Defects claims and management
  • Insolvency and restructuring advice
  • Asset protection and project structuring advice

Private and Legal Services

We assist individuals with a range of private legal services including:

  • Work place relations
  • Asset protection
  • Advanced health directives
  • Powers of attorney
  • Family law matters

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team assists and advises a wide variety of clients on dispute resolution and management strategies.

Our clients enjoy practical advice focused on their needs and desired commercial objectives.

Our services include:

  • Dispute management
  • Litigation services (Queensland and New South Wales Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts, Local Courts, Commercial and Consumer Tribunal)
  • Claim management and mitigation strategies
  • Risk assessment
  • Asset protection and structuring advice
  • Trade Practices Claims (eg misleading and deceptive conduct claims)
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy advice
  • Debt Recovery
  • Asset recovery

Claim management and mitigation strategies

  • Negligence claims
  • Arbitration and mediation services
  • Shareholder claims and minority oppression actions
  • Class and representative actions
  • Liquidator preference and voidable transaction claims
  • Director insolvent trading actions
  • Corporations law actions
  • Breach of fiduciary and director’s duty actions

Debt Recovery

Archibald & Brown Lawyers specialise in debt recovery and already act for a number of large corporations in all States of Australia and New Zealand in assisting them with recovering their debts.


Unfortunately there are circumstances where more formal action needs to be taken than sending a letter of demand or attempting to recover the debt outside of Court. Our firm specialises in running litigation debt recovery files and keeping them at a reasonable price. We operate the majority of our recovery services on a FIXED FEE basis.

Our fixed fees include all preparation, filing fees, search fee and service cost for issuing the relevant action. We will review your documents and advise on any issues we foresee. If we observe an issue which might adversely affect your interests, you may of course withdraw your instructions prior to commencement and no fee will apply.

If a matter is more complex, we will discuss it with you before commencing work. Such complexes can be whether or not there is an enforceable agreement or any other issues that might affect the question of liability. Or, if a matter is defended, then we will provide you with our standard costs agreement outlining our hourly charge out rates to act on your behalf.

Contact Semele Venville today on (07) 3167 6200 to find out more about our Fixed Fee services.

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