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Media Release: Fionna Reid named on State Government panel


Media release date: 12 June 2018

The Queensland Government announced today that Fionna Reid is one of four eminent professionals named on the newly formed Building Industry Fairness (BIF) Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel.

The panel, an initiative of Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick de Brenni, is tasked with ensuring BIF reforms are effectively implemented and evaluated.

“The panel will work with government and with the building industry to assess the implementation of the BIF legislation,” said Minister de Brenni.

In February, the Minister called on the subcontracting, trades and building industry to nominate “four eminent professionals to resource an independent implementation and evaluation panel”.

Redlands based building and construction solicitor Fionna Reid, Director of Aitchison Reid, is one of four industry expert panellists, joined by Ms Bronwyn Weir, Ms Jennifer Robertson and Mr Troy Lewis.

A construction lawyer since 2002, Ms Reid owns Aitchison Reid, a firm which provides legal support to subcontractors and tradespeople. Ms Reid has worked in all aspects of construction law, including domestic and international arbitration, adjudications, court proceedings, contract drafting and reviews.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to contribute to this panel and wish to thank the Subcontractors’ Alliance for my nomination,” said Ms Reid.

“In my experience as a building and construction lawyer I have witnessed many tragedies that have affected small businesses, communities and families. Being named on this panel means I have the opportunity to be a part of positive change in the construction industry.”

Minister de Brenni said, “These are the strongest protections for subcontractors in the country.”

The full Ministerial statement can be found at: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2018/6/12/security-of-payment-implementation-supporting-queensland-jobs

About Fionna Reid

Fionna has been a construction lawyer since 2002 and currently runs her own practice, Aitchison Reid, Building and Construction Lawyers. Since 2002, Fionna has predominately worked for subcontractors, developers and owners.

Fionna has worked in all aspects of construction law from international arbitration, adjudications, court proceedings, contract drafting and review. Fionna is passionate about security of payment. After working in two jurisdictions (New Zealand and Queensland) Fionna has an appreciation of the overarching philosophy of security of payment and how it works in reality.

Fionna’s core strengths are her ability to simplify complex concepts (whether legal or construction) into plain English and being able to interpret legislation in the reality of the construction industry.

Fionna was the first person in New Zealand to complete co-joint Law and Building Science degrees. Fionna is the co-founder of Women in Building and Construction group and a NAWIC (QLD) award winner for 2016.

About Aitchison Reid

Aitchison Reid is an innovative law practice specialising in building and construction matters impacting subcontractors, tradespeople and developers.

An avid advocate of the value of trades to our economy, Aitchison Reid has a reputation for providing easy to understand, high quality, relevant advice. The law practice is proud to be the preferred legal advisor to several industry groups across Queensland.

Aitchison Reid also provides advice to home owners who are dealing with builders or developers to build or renovate their properties.

Founded and directed by award-winning solicitor Fionna Reid, the practice has gained a reputation for simplifying complex concepts (in both law and construction) into plain English, making it easier for tradespeople to understand how legislative changes impact their business and their lives.

Aitchison Reid can be found at www.arbuildinglaw.com.au or on Facebook.

For more information Riley Reid Practice Manager Aitchison Reid Phone: 07 3128 0120 Email: riley@arbuildinglaw.com.au

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