Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
Construction Law & Planning Law Weekly Bulletin
Monday 18 August 2014
Finding the Equilibrium in Planning Permit Reviews (Victorian Readership) By Justin Cotton, Partner, Construction and Practitioner Advocacy, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton, Construction and Commercial Lawyers
In part 2 of his article on a recent VCAT review decision for a planning permit application, Justin Cotton, partner and head of practitioner advocacy focusses again on the inherent balancing exercise between the need to preserve local character and amenity versus the demand for housing choice and proximity to infrastructure. Urban progress should not be at the expense of a jarring or discordant change, as the Tribunal has decided, because the prevailing local context needs to be respected
Throwing Good Money after bad – the Short Guide to Using the Law to get Paid Quickly (Australian Readership) By Peter Micevski, construction and planning solicitor, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
In this article Peter Micevski draws upon his experience as a construction and commercial law litigator, and provides a synopsis of the key tenets and maxims on ways by which you can maximise your chances of using the law to recover debt quickly and cost effectively.
Blood out of a Stone – What can You do when the Other Party Doesn’t Pay Up?(Australian Readership) By Ms Blaise Alexander, Solicitor, Property, Construction and Planning Law, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
You have won the battle, endured lengthy and costly litigation proceedings, and finally had your day in court and the decision is in your favour. Instead of a well-earned sense of relief, vindication or justice, you find that all of a sudden the other party seems to have ‘gone to ground’, or is ‘stonewalling’. You are getting nowhere in your efforts to obtain the costs awarded in your favour. If you won the battle, how do you now win the war? In this article Blaise Alexander examines the issue of debt recovery.
It Doesn’t Need to be a Riddle: Section 173 Agreements Explained (Victoria Readership) By Peter Micevski, Solicitor, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
This article by Peter Micevski explores frequently asked questions about agreements under section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic). A Section 173 Agreement is a legal contract made between a responsible authority (i.e. your local council) and an owner of land (normally the registered proprietor) or a person in anticipation of that person becoming the owner of the land.
Lovegrove Smith & Cotton’s E-Library is a free online resource of articles, which puts a wealth of information at your fingertips. The articles in the E- Library have been written by lawyers and a number of them have been published in the Australian, The Age and the Herald Sun. Some of the articles date back to the 1990’s.