Justin Cotton – Director
Justin Cotton, Director of Lovegrove & Cotton, is senior building lawyer, construction lawyer and a pre-eminent building practitioner advocate in building practitioner misconduct and disciplinary matters defending practitioners in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and the A.C.T. He is an expert construction litigator, and highly experienced in medium to high dollar litigation building and commercial disputes. Justin gives quality regulatory and front end contractual advice. Justin is presently Chairperson of the HIA Industrial Relations and Legal Services Committee, and a member of the Regional Executive Council, for HIA Victorian Chapter.
- Building & commercial dispute advocacy throughout Australia
- Pre-contractual and post contractual advice to builders, building practitioners and developers
- Appeals before Building Appeals Board, and Supreme Courts in Victoria and New South Wales and inquiries before Building Practitioners Board and appeals at New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal in New South Wales and disciplinary jurisdictions in the A.C.T.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Dispute Resolution and Advocacy. Justin manages dispute resolution including negotiations and planning and construction law advocacy at VCAT and NCAT, and representation at arbitrations and domestic and commercial building dispute forums.
Fire Cladding Dispute Resolution
Justin is experienced in the resolution of fire cladding disputes and regularisation of fire cladding issues with local councils, or with local governments.
Building Contract Advice and Drafting
Justin advises builders, councils and owners on variations, latent conditions, extensions of time, progress payments and on Security of Payment claims, together with contract advice and drafting for builders, building surveyors, architects and engineers.
Building Practitioner Discipline, Misconduct and Occupational Licensing Advocacy
Justin defends practitioners in licensing and disciplinary hearings in New South Wales and Victoria, in addition to professionals facing complaints in New South Wales and A.C.T. He defends building practitioners and professionals facing charges and enquiries in all disciplinary and occupational licensing jurisdictions. Justin Cotton heads up practitioner advocacy within the firm.
Practitioner Registration Appeals
Justin represents building practitioners in circumstances where their registration has been suspended or where registration applications have been unsuccessful.
Justin accepts these briefs on behalf of both natural person and corporate registrants.
Justin also has conduct of Mutual Recognition applications for registration and appeals when such applications have not succeeded.
Justin has defended practitioners prosecuted by the WorkSafe Authority, and has provided advocacy for building surveyors and accredited certifiers facing practitioner misconduct charges. He provides advice on issues under the Building Act and Regulations, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, A.C.T legislation and the Building Code of Australia (BCA), including protection works, Building Notices and Orders and adjoining neighbour disputes.
Justin has particular familiarity with the Owners Corporation Act and providing advice and representation for lot owners and Owners Corporations in relation to defective building works, warranty insurance, and Owners Corporation rules and procedures.
Justin has had carriage of large-scale and highly complex strata community class actions against builders, contractors, building practitioners and statutory authorities in both Victoria and the ACT.
Domestic Building Disputes
- Resolution of domestic building disputes
- VCAT advocacy
- Resolution of apartment and unit development disputes
- Domestic building contract advice and dispute resolution
Justin Cotton has diverse experience across the construction corporate law spectrum. He is a winner and resolute in protecting the client’s interests.