Construction, Infrastructure & Projects, Dispute Resolution & Litigation
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 has been recognised in the 2023 edition of Doyle's Guide as a recommended lawyer in Construction & Infrastructure for Victoria.
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:
15 March 2023 - Knowledge
#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects
We look at three key issues raised in a recent Supreme Court ruling on ‘reference dates’ under a construction contract and whether informal emails from superintendents can constitute certificates of practical completion.
30 May 23
In this webinar, we will look at key developments in these areas, including: recent data breach cases and trends, reviews of Queensland and Commonwealth privacy legislation, the rise of Chat GPT, AI tools, and key risks and cyber security developments.
31 May 23
IBAC and the Victorian Ombudsman have investigated a number of complaints in relation to Victorian local councils and produced a series of reports. In this presentation, partner Joseph Monaghan, will provide a basic overview of IBAC and the Victorian Ombudsman, their respective roles and functions under their establishing legislation and an overview of recent IBAC and Ombudsman investigation reports involving local councils.
05 Jun 23
The recent extreme flood events raise a series of legal issues including the liability of local councils for decisions that expose residents and businesses to greater risk from flooding events, and remedial steps to address past decision-making. In this webinar, partner Joseph Monaghan and lawyer Jacob Atkinson will discuss these topics.