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 RML, FAIB, 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.
Kim Lovegrove represented the Federal Government as the Deputy Executive Director of the ABCB, as 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. His expertise has been recognised at local, National and International level, which is borne out by the fact that he is a past consultant with the World Bank in the building law reform space.
It follows that this firm possesses a level of expertise that has contributed to the legal fabric of the construction industry and modern day building regulation. 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
- Dispute resolution for large to medium cases
We traverse multimillion dollar matters but by the same token our residential disputation practice canvasses acting for small to medium enterprises(SMEs). We are involved in contract formulation, dispute avoidance and resolution strategies. We protect and enforce the rights and interests of building contractors, engineers and building practitioners with regard to a wide range of issues including OH&S matters and practitioner conduct. We represent practitioners before, Building Practitioner Disciplinary Tribunals and Boards. We also represent councils and local government in the area of compliance.
In addition, we have expertise in:
- the resolution of body corporate disputes
- asset protection and risk minimisation strategies
- planning law
- commercial law
- property law
- class actions
- leaky building claims
Even though we act for some institutional clients we make a point of – and value – our work for SMEs. The common thread that defines what we do and who we act for is this: people and organisations that need top quality, construction related legal expertise.