Harkiran is a lawyer working within Coleman Greig's Litigation and Dispute Resolution team.
As a result of her particularly strong interest in the Building and Construction industry, Harkiran has acquired both the fundamental abilities in, and a thorough understanding of the key principles associated with Building and Construction-related litigation.
With the ability to deliver tailored legal solutions to a wide range of clients, from smaller subcontractors through to large developers and other commercial organisations, Harkiran has developed a particular interest in disputes relating to contractual interpretation, breaches and enforcement of contracts, and misleading and deceptive conduct.
Having assisted clients with a broad range of matters, including those relating to both front and back-end construction projects, Harkiran has achieved a strong understanding of:
Whilst she is a skilled advocate, having represented clients in the District Court of New South Wales, Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Victoria, Harkiran actively looks to identifying strategies that provide an opportunity for her clients to resolve disputes without the need for litigation but instead through the application of proven alternative dispute resolution methods.
In addition to assisting clients with court proceedings, Harkiran is especially competent with respect to:
- Drafting standard and bespoke commercial contracts and agreements, such as design and construct contracts, subcontract agreements, and consultancy agreements;
- Advising on a wide range of commercial contracts;
- Assisting clients with preparation of Payment Claims, Payment Schedules and Adjudications; and
- Assisting clients with contractual disputes - i.e. defective or non-compliant works, non-payment for works and extension of time disputes.
Harkiran's experience provides her clients a significant advantage, as her holistic view of the Building and Construction industry strengthens her awareness of potentially hazardous situations that may arise at either end of the project. For example, where a client requires a contract to be drafted, Harkiran utilises her back-end experience in identifying areas likely to cause disputes between parties. This allows her to manage any potential risks at the point of drafting, and in turn minimise the likelihood of disputes arising at a later stage.
As part of a collaboration with Macquarie University, Harkiran has previously worked with the Rule of Law Institute of Australia to publish an article titled 'Criminal v Civil Penalties: The Art of the Deal with Regulators in Australia'.
Outside of work, Harkiran enjoys attending networking events, planning her next holiday destination, podcasting - and staying up to date with recent changes in law in order to provide accurate and timely advice to her clients of any changes in their existing rights and obligations.