Reduce legal costs and contract administration burdens

SoundLegal Client Case Study

How we helped a client negotiate the contract to reduce legal costs and contract administration burdens


Finishing trade subcontractor


Refit of office space in Perth CBD commercial building

Client concerns:

  • 200 page heavily amended standard form contract, even though scope was straightforward and anticipated fee was <$70k
  • Principal’s designer had specified a highly customised product, that had to be manufactured overseas, had a long lead time and had to be paid for up-front

SoundLegal solution:

Negotiation strategies and coaching for subcontractor to approach lead contractor and request a contract more suited to scope, with proportionate allocation of risk, and a contribution to the upfront payment for materials


  • 15 page minor works contract, that everyone could understand
  • Significantly reduced legal costs and contract administration obligations for both parties
  • 30% up front payment, so that subcontractor was not carrying the cost of the materials for 3+ months
  • one very happy subcontractor!

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About Gemma

I help construction, engineering and consulting businesses create and negotiate clear contracts so they can achieve great project outcomes. I founded SoundLegal to help SMEs in the engineering, construction, consulting and light industrial sectors manage their risk to support business growth, by finding practical, common sense solutions to contractual and other legal challenges. Subscribe to the SoundLegal newsletter “No Jargon” to hear monthly business insights from me.


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