About Lovegrove & Cotton
Our Construction Law Firm & Our Practice
This construction law firm was established in Melbourne in 1993.
There are areas of the law where this firm is without peer, primarily in the construction-related sector. Kim Lovegrove founded the firm, and was the principal legal adviser on the development of the Building Act in Victoria.
Justin Cotton, Director of Lovegrove & Cotton, is a preeminent Australian construction lawyer and his expertise is widely respected in the building fraternity. Justin is the Chairperson of the HIA Industrial Relations and Legal Services Committee, and member of the Regional Executive Committee, for the HIA Victorian Chapter.
Donna Abu-Elias, General Counsel, is a leading construction law expert who practices across multiple jurisdictions in Australia. She worked for 9 years in the Construction and Major Projects team at Clayton Utz and has had numerous in-house roles at major builder firms. She is also a member of the HIA Industrial Relations and Legal Services Committee.
Kim Lovegrove is a Senior Construction lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in the field. His expertise has been recognised at local, national and international levels. Kim is a Senior Consultant with the World Bank in the building law reform space. He is currently the Chairman of the International Building Quality Centre and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. He represented the Federal Government as the Deputy Executive Director of the ABCB. He was a guest of the Japanese government addressing a Ministerial Forum charged with the overhauling of Japanese building regulations. He also addressed the English Forum for Construction Law Reform at a venue in the House of Commons in the late nineties.
This firm possesses a level of expertise that has contributed to the legal fabric of the construction industry and modern day building regulation in Australia and internationally. This is a key indicator of the benchmarks and standard of excellence at Lovegrove & Cotton.
We have evolved into a practice that provides expertise in all facets of construction law, including but not limited to:
- regulatory law reform
- contractual advice
- security of payment claims
- practitioner licensing and conduct matters
- cladding rectification matters and disputes
- dispute resolution for large to medium cases
- the resolution of body corporate disputes
- planning law
- commercial law
- property law
- owners corporation class actions
- leaky building claims
We act for a range of clients, including large corporations and institutions, small-to-medium enterprises, sole practitioners and consumers. The common thread that defines what we do and who we act for is: people and organisations that need top quality, construction related legal expertise.