Brett’s primary focus and his approach is on achieving a sensible and pragmatic outcome for his clients.
Fees are not the objective. The client’s desired outcome is always the objective.
Comments from previous clients follow:
My building case was extremely long (a number of years), complicated, complex and involved many players. Brett was approached after being recommended by a lawyer I was in contact with. His expertise in construction law, insurance cases and the VCAT process was invaluable. He helped me navigate the system and alleviate many years of stress. He always stepped up to the plate and assured me that I shouldn’t take on the worry as that was his job. He knew the system so well that he anticipated many of the issues that came up regarding the other parties involved that were beyond our control. He was always able to bring it back to focus on the best possible outcome for me. In the end we had a very good result – much better than most of the cases I hear about. I have since recommended Brett to others and would not hesitate to call on him again if needed.
Link to PDF file: J.Osborne, Hughesdale
I approached Brett Powell after being referred by several colleagues that had utilised his skills before. I was stuck in a complex situation where the client was holding back payments without reason, and knowing Brett’s knowledge in both law and building when compared to others, it was a simple choice to engage him.
Brett was very clear and professional from the very beginning, taking quick action to ensure everything was in line and organised. His solutions were extremely well thought out and covered all bases, along with his foresight to counteract future issues from arising. I particularly liked the way Brett was honest and upfront to aspects from cost to potential losses, and the way I was guided through the many decision processes that followed.
To summarise the experience as a whole, I would simply say Brett Powell is extremely experienced and knowledgeable to all aspects of Law and Construction, and his working methods are fast and to the point, with a level of care beyond what one would expect from a typical law firm – certainly giving personalised devotion throughout.
I would therefore strongly recommend Brett Powell to anyone needing assistance from simple advice to complex law suits, especially when Building/Construction related. I continue to use Brett till this day for advice and direction in all matters.
Gardencity Australia Pty Ltd
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We engaged Brett Powell to defend a series of building actions which had been brought against us at VCAT.
We found Brett to be pragmatic, sensible, and cost effective; particularly compared to previous lawyers we had engaged to act for us in the matters.
Ultimately the matters settled without payment by us to the other parties.
We will continue to engage Brett in the future for any building litigation matters and have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him to others involved in building litigation.
Acton Group Pty Ltd
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We were referred to Mr Brett Powell by an expert consultant (a Master of Applied Science: Building Inspector) from whom we sought advice when faced with a building litigation to be heard at VCAT.
Mr Powell’s prompt response, knowledge of the building trade, his experience, attention to detail and good humour gave us the confidence to engage his services.
He advised us of the potential costs, which we thought fair and reasonable, and indicated the timeline. He kept us informed at all times.
He grasped the facts of the complex case quickly and thoroughly; understood the situation and what was at stake and gave considered advice. He conducted the case with authority and confidence.
We are indebted to Mr Powell and would not hesitate to recommend him for a building litigation/dispute.
The matter was dismissed in our favour.
Ross Wilson, Black Rock
Ian Rudd, Hampton
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I engaged Mr Brett Powell to defend our case at VCAT.
I found Mr Powell to be highly productive and effective in the conduct of my case as compared to other lawyers I have engaged in the past.
The end result being a realistic outcome, given circumstances of the case.
I have no hesitation in recommending Mr Powell as a defense lawyer within his field of expertise.
Anthony H Gaskin
Superior Building Systems Pty Ltd
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I, Martin Spicer, dealt with Brett Powell for a period of 15 months in respect of a very grievous and complex building litigation suit. Over that period, Brett showcased the following characteristics:
- Very technically competent;
- Always transparent and fair;
- Exhibited a sense of humour and a human touch when required;
- Always available and very spontaneous to urgent matters;
- Excelled under extreme pressure for an eight hour period without a break during negotiations at VCAT.
I will never put myself in this position again.
Link to PDF file: Martin Spicer