Donna Abu-Elias – General Counsel & Senior Construction Lawyer
Donna Abu-Elias, General Counsel at Lovegrove & Cotton, is a senior construction lawyer who practices across multiple Australian jurisdictions. She is also a member of the HIA Industrial Relations and Legal Services Committee.
Donna worked for 9 years in the Construction & Major Projects team at Clayton Utz, starting as an Article Clerk and progressing to Senior Associate. She is a construction and business law expert having completed a Diploma in Construction Law and the Foundations of Directorship Course at the AICD. Donna has worked in house as Legal Counsel at Burbank and Carlisle Homes, along with General Counsel and Company Secretary at Simonds Group.
It follows that she has an intimate understanding of building practitioner regulatory compliance, front end contractual advice and general quality & assurance advice.
Donna Abu-Elias is an expert construction litigator and provides dispute resolution and front-end construction regulatory advice to a range of building practitioners. Donna also provides advice for and represents owners in building disputes, including structural building defect claims, flammable cladding rectification matters and leaky building matters.
Donna has extensive experience acting in disputes between builders, subcontractors, and other building practitioners such as architects and fire engineers. She also acts for clients in matters concerning review of decisions made by building industry statutory authorities such as regulators, councils and private building surveyors. Donna also represents her clients at arbitrations, mediations and domestic and commercial building dispute forums.
Donna has had extensive experience acting for clients in a range of matters including the following:-
- Building defects disputes – resolving defect disputes, non-payment, wrongful termination
- Protection works
- Water ingress disputes
- Slab movement disputes
- Building contracts review/advice
- Disputes between adjoining owners
- Building Appeals Board disputes & reviews
- Security of Payment actions
- Mutual recognition applications
- Practitioner registration appeals
- Practitioner conduct and regulatory compliance matters
- Nuisance claims
- Negligence claims
If you wish to engage Donna, please contact the firm on 03 9600 4077 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .