Experienced Lawyer for Construction Defects and Other Disputes

Because construction projects often involve many entities and sub-entities to complete, the potential for possible disputes is often higher than that of other industries. Construction laws and industry guidelines are in place to protect the rights of the individual parties involved, but determining how they may be applied to your claim can be difficult to interpret without experienced counsel.

Lawyer Frederick J. Matthews of Christie Saccucci Matthews has been certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in construction law. From his firm in Toronto, he represents a variety of clients in the construction industry in a range of general construction disputes, including:

  • Construction defects
  • Contract disputes
  • Delay claims
  • Construction extras/unanticipated extra costs or labour
  • Pay-when-paid disputes between subcontractors and general contractors
  • Other payment/nonpayment disputes
  • Lien mortgage priorities
  • Third-party liability claims and insurability issues

Focusing his practice on the risk management and effective assessment of potential claims, Fred seeks to help clients find timely solutions tailored to their specific needs and goals.

Payment Issues and Collection Remedies

Payment issues and collections are among the most common construction disputes. If you are involved in a payment dispute, lawyer Fred Matthews will review your situation and advise on what remedies may be most beneficial for you, including:

  • Construction liens — asserting a lien is one of the most common ways to secure payment, but it is not always the most beneficial. Fred can help you determine whether registering a lien would likely achieve your goals.
  • Trust claims — all construction projects are subject to the trust provisions of the Construction Lien Act, which protects funds for workers and materials suppliers from misappropriation by owners, contractors or subcontractors
  • Payment bonds — often instituted in governmental or large public works projects, labour and material payment bonds posted by the general contractor or a subcontractor preserve payment to sub-trades and suppliers. A performance bond may also ensure the project is completed, though this type of bond is not always beneficial to the construction parties involved.