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Trading for 33 years

About Preston Law

Preston Law is a Cairns law firm offering commercially realistic, practical and cost effective advice and legal solutions based on genuine knowledge and experience. We offer a full range of legal services and whole-of-business solutions. Our solicitors have had the opportunity to be involved in a broad range of practice disciplines, in order to provide practical and commercial legal solutions to our clients. Our core capabilities are complimented by close affiliations with external professionals and consultants across a range of disciplines including highly experienced barristers, mediators, valuers, planners, engineers, environmental consultants and accountants. Our Cairns solicitors are able to understand and cater to the specific needs of each client which differentiates our service from others in the marketplace. We pride ourselves on developing relationships that outlast a single transaction. We service a diverse range of clients in the public and private sectors including local, national and international clients, government instrumentalities, Shire Councils, Aboriginal Councils and Regional Councils, commercial and corporate enterprises and individuals. When you chose Preston Law, you will receive our commitment that we will provide an exceptional level of service and you can rest assured that you will receive proven acumen, energy and experience; provision of efficient, quality advice and practical solutions; reliability and flexibility; and value for money. Phone us today.


  • Wills & estates

  • Legal Advice


  • Agribusiness

  • Conveyancing

  • Franchising

  • Litigation

  • Mining

  • Property

  • Banking & Financial

  • Body Corporate & Community Management Law

  • Building & Construction

  • Business & Personal Succession Planning

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Criminal & Traffic Law

  • Employment Law

  • Family Law

  • Indigenous Enterprises & Organisations

  • Insolvency & Reconstruction

  • Planning & Environment

  • Town Agency

  • Wills & Estates

  • Workplace Relations

  • Personal Injury & Compensation Claims

  • Commercial & Leasing

  • Local Government Law

  • Native Title Law

  • Property Settlement

  • Divorce Law

  • Child Custody Law

  • Prenuptial Agreement


4.2 rating

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Melanie rodgers

2 years ago

Very weak in professional advice, where are all the good lawyers gone



5 years ago

I have had a privileged of having Tim and Meegan in my recent claim. It was quickly evident that both are very experienced, knowledgeable, respectful and honest. During the process Tim spent time with me to walk me through the process and ensure I understand all terms and figures. I would highly recommend them to anyone who have suffered injury and not sure what to do next. Thank you very much for your support and fabulous service.



7 years ago

Danielle Little did a wonderful job looking after our conveyancing for the purchase of our new property. She handled all matters in a timely and professionally manner. I would definitely recommend Preston Law after the experience we had using Danielle for this transaction.



7 years ago

This company does a fantastic job, Helen Oliver in particular. I cannot speak highly enough about Helen and the rest of the staff. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with them. They are always professional and make you feel very comfortable about them acting on your behalf. Helen is also understanding of the situation and really goes above and beyond to make sure she does all she can to help. A definite 5 stars from me



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  • Associations:

  • Children's Court

  • County Court

  • District Court

  • Family Court

  • Federal Court

  • Federal Magistrates Court

  • High Court

  • International Courts

  • Magistrates' Court

  • Supreme Court

  • Queensland Law Society Member

  • Bachelor of Laws

Frequently Asked Questions

Building contracts are usually ‘fixed price’, but the prices of materials, trades, and subbies have gone up significantly, which we have to absorb, which affects our bottom line. Can we insert a condition into our contracts where we can pass on price rises if they are too significant to cover?

We can assist with new conditions to cover specific items and circumstances, but there are also opportunities already in the standard ‘Master Builders’ and ‘HIA’ contracts to restructure your pricing to cater for increases. For example, in some situations, provided the builder properly drafts their contract and gives written notices, some items of work (materials, labour) can be classed as ‘Provisional Sums’ and some price rises can be passed on to owners. Care must be taken to ensure your contract is drafted properly and you comply with the terms.

Build programs/timelines are often affected due to issues with availability or delays with resources (materials, trades, and subbies). This can change daily, making it difficult to keep jobs on schedule. Can we include a condition where we can adjust the finishing date due to reasons out of our control and as such not have to pay liquidated damages past the completion date?

To avoid potentially sticky situations, we can always assist with adding new clauses to cover possible delays. We can work with you to draft those clauses and assist with ‘covering notes’ to owners explaining the current industry situation. However, the standard Master Builders and HIA contracts do already have some mechanisms to help you deal with delays outside your control. Both contracts provide that for certain types of delays, if the builder gives the owner notice of the delay and the parties discuss it, then the builder can get ‘EOTs’. We can help you understand this process to fully understand the helpful tricks and mechanisms in your contract, and give you some tips and advice on how to manage delays.

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