Jonathan is a construction disputes lawyer with more than 10 years’ experience advising the construction and engineering industries. Jonathan acts for property developers, building owners and managers, materials suppliers, head contractors, specialist trade contractors, and construction professionals.
He is experienced in complex, multi-party construction defects disputes and has appeared in the Supreme and County Courts, VCAT, and the Building Appeals Board. Jonathan regularly advises clients on compliance with the Building Act 1993, and works with expert witnesses on cases regarding technical issues within the National Construction Code and Australian Standards.
As part of his dispute resolution practice, he provides advice on defect remediation contracts for cladding replacement, fire engineering compliance, and satisfaction of building orders issued by municipal authorities.
Jonathan’s litigation practice includes making and defending claims for breach of contract, breach of common law duty of care, owners’ statutory warranty claims, protection work disputes, and dealing with industry regulators including the Victorian Building Authority and Energy Safe Victoria.
His focus is on achieving cost-efficient outcomes for his clients, and he regularly achieves early resolution of disputes through mediation and private negotiations.
Jonathan’s recent combustible cladding and building defect litigation experience includes:
Jonathan’s broader dispute resolution and litigation experience includes:
14 March 2023 - Knowledge
#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects
A recent decision considered whether the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) lacks jurisdiction to determine contribution claims brought under Part IV of the Wrong Act.
07 Dec 23 - Brisbane
Join our Brisbane Construction, Infrastructure & Projects team as they count down the construction cases that mattered in 2023. Our presenters will look at the facts of each case, the decision, the lessons to be learnt and what they mean in a practical sense for the industry as we move into 2024.
07 Dec 23
To help you understand greenwashing and the regulatory risks associated with non-compliance, Partner, Joanne Jary will discuss the risks, law and enforcement action examples to learn from. While with mandatory sustainability reporting on the way, Partner, Vanessa Maruna will discuss sustainability in the ports sector, proposed reporting standards and what ports need to do to be ready for the mandatory reporting.