Lachlan is a Partner in our Construction and Infrastructure Group. An experienced construction and commercial litigator, he has regularly acted for owners corporations, private owners, government departments, Victorian municipal councils, building professionals, water authorities and insurers in building defect matters. He is a leading Victorian expert on matters relating to combustible cladding, regularly advising, and presenting internally and externally on the topic.
Lachlan’s broader litigation experience includes bringing and defending property damage, negligence, contractual and statutory claims, in which he regularly achieves excellent negotiated and litigated outcomes for his clients. Lachlan is experienced in large-scale litigation, arbitration and class action proceedings having managed multiple discovery and evidentiary teams in disputes for a national energy infrastructure owner, a large Western Australian LNG joint venture, an Australian airline, and on behalf of a municipal defendant to a bushfire class action. He is an early adapter of technology and confident in his use of ‘Technology Assisted Review’ in matters requiring substantial document management.
He understands the motivations of owners, builders and government in relation to combustible cladding and building defect claims, having acted for all such parties. Having formerly acted for insurers of design consultants, he also understands what drives the insurer and the insured, having regularly defended architects, fire engineers and building surveyors in building defect and statutory claims under the Building Act, Domestic Building Contracts Act, Water Act and Australian Consumer Law.
Lachlan’s dedicated and considered approach to client service ensures that he can resolve his clients’ problems with the consideration of all legal, commercial and stakeholder issues.
Lachlan’s experience includes:
27 January 2021 - Knowledge
#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects
From 1 February 2021, the use of aluminium composite panels and expanded polystyrene products will be banned in certain building works in Victoria.
13 Dec 22
In this seminar we will discuss: compensation under the Native Title Act 1993, valid vs invalid acts and the Timber Creek decision.