Kylie Howell is the Head of Section for Clifford Gouldson’s construction team. With a background in commercial litigation, Kylie has specialised in construction law for the past six years, handling disputes for clients as well as working on compliance and front-end contract drafting work.
Her matters vary from multi-million dollar contracts and disputes to relatively small shop fitouts and home renovations. Kylie approaches all her matters with the same goal – to achieve the best possible outcome for her client, regardless of the size of the client or project.
Providing a clear direction and a personal commitment to getting the best result has seen Kylie successfully assist her clients in a range of matters including business start-up and compliance with QBCC requirements, negotiating and drafting contracts, reviewing and implementing tailored contract administration processes and managing disputes and complex litigation matters.
Kylie has a particular interest in ensuring her clients are educated in the provisions of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld) and can utilise those provisions to their full advantage. She has also dealt with disputes that involve issues such as unpaid money, defective work and latent defects, variations, delayed progress, liquidated damages, security and bank guarantees, trade practices, consumer protection, negligence, breach of contract, sale of goods, insolvency, bankruptcy and defamation.
Kylie enjoys working in construction due to the variety of work. She finds it satisfying getting to know a client’s business and helping them to navigate the sometimes complex regulatory and legislative framework that the industry operates in. She likes working with her clients to educate them on how they can improve their business practices to ensure compliance and minimise the risk of disputes.
Kylie is highly pragmatic and always seeks commercial solutions for her clients. Her clients in the building and construction industry appreciate her commitment to understanding their industry and the unique challenges they face in disputes that arise during and after completion of projects.
When Kylie is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys reading and continues to diligently practice (at least twice a day) her coffee making skills.