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Professional services list (VIC)

A directory of solicitors and other legal professionals who specialise in the building and construction sector.

Professional services list (VIC)

A directory of solicitors and other legal professionals who specialise in the building and construction sector.

The HIA is often asked by members and consumers to recommend a solicitor who practises in the area of building and construction and related areas. Unfortunately, the HIA cannot do this as it is not in a position to warrant the skills of a particular legal firm or lawyer. However, what the HIA can do is  set out a list of solicitors or other legal professionals who are sufficiently interested in the area of building and construction to become a member of the HIA. 

In this article

  • List of professional services providers 

List of professional services providers

As the choice of solicitor or professional service provider is a very important one, we strongly recommend that you not only use this list as a guide, but that you contact some or all of the listed solicitors and discuss those issues of importance to you. Many of these solicitors will offer you an initial free consultation. 

Name Address Details 

David Naidoo & Associates

David Naidoo

Tel: (03) 8787 8900


Level 1, Suite 1D & 4, Hampton Park Shopping Square, 166 Somerville Rd Hampton Park

VIC 3976


David Naidoo & Associates provide quality cost-effective legal services and relentlessly pursue practical and economical as well as commercial resolutions in the interest of clients.

We are known for our understanding of technical aspects of the construction, engineering and architectural copyright industries and have over 28 years’ experience as building lawyers.

Conveniently located in the South East our clients do not have to travel into the city and benefit from our excellent high standards. We assist in all construction disputes, building contracts and produce periodic newsletters to inform and educate our clients.

Our principal lodged the first appeal in the then Domestic Building Tribunal now known as the Building and Property List of VCAT and we have longstanding relations with industry bodies in the building industry. We act in all types of building disputes, architectural copyright disputes, building contracts, development agreements, conveyancing and commercial litigation. 

Doyles Construction Lawyers

Jim Doyle

Tel: (03) 9620 0322


Level 40, 140 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

 Doyles Construction Lawyers are specialists in the area of construction law. Our practicing lawyers have both legal and construction experience, which means that we understand the particular issues experienced by builders. For many years we have provided advice and assistance to domestic builders and subcontractors in the construction industry. We can advise you in relation to a wide range of issues, including VCAT disputes, Building Practitioner’s Board issues, contracts and claims and litigation generally. 

Harwood Andrews

Ben Broadhead Richard Anderson Natasha Koneska

Tel: (03) 5226 8549

benb@ha.legal www.harwoodandrews.com.au


68-70 Gheringhap Street, Geelong VIC 3220


Level 5, 707 Collins Street, VIC 3000


Harwood Andrews is a progressive legal firm working to provide positive commercial solutions for our clients. We are Victoria’s largest regional firm with a head office based in a regional centre.

Building and construction:
o Domestic and commercial building disputes
o Pre-contract advice and negotiation
o Risk management
o Making extension of time and variation claims

Making claims under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act

o Legislation and regulation compliance

o Builder’s disciplinary matters


o Company

o Individual

Debt recovery

Planning and environment:
o Represents parties in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in respect of a broad range of review proceedings concerning residential development
o Represents parties in Planning Panels considering the rezoning of land of land and the introduction of other planning scheme controls
o Provides advice on the interpretation and operation of the planning scheme and planning and environment ac.
o Advises on the operation of restrictive covenants and acts in variation/removal applications under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and the Property Law Act 1958

o Drafts planning agreement sunder section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987
o Advises on related enactments such as the Subdivision Act 1988 and the Environment Protection Act 1970


o Residential developments

o Retail developments

o Industrial developments

o Property acquisitions

o Subdivisions

o Project management agreements

o Joint ventures and development agreements

o Business structuring and asset protection

o Trusts.

We also offer taxation and employment services.


Hassall’s Litigation Services

Rowland Hassall Irina Watson
Tel: (03) 9555 7233



308 Highett Road, Highett VIC 3190

 Hassall’s Litigation Services (‘Hassall’s’) concentrates on two aspects of legal process, namely, the formation of the contract (building contract, the terms and conditions of trade in commerce) and the resolution of disputes by negotiation, arbitration and, when necessary, litigation. Hassall’s routinely represents clients at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, County Court and Supreme Court and has extensive experience in conducting and running domestic building disputes, disputes between builders and sub-contractors as well as pursuing claims in accordance with the provisions of Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic).

Hicks Oakley Chessell Williams Lawyers

Building & Construction, Owners Corporation:
Matthew Hicks

Vincent Caruso

Sarah Lindsey

Wills & Estates:
Lachlan Vallance

Family Law:
Simone Wunderlich

Tel: (03) 9629 7411




Level 18,
461 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9629 7411

Suite 17,
1 Ricketts Road
Mount Waverley VIC 3149
(03) 9550 4600


We are an established and leading mid-size law firm with experienced and accredited lawyers delivering a range of corporate and private client legal services:

·  domestic building disputes (DBDRV and VCAT)

·  Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act 2002 matters

·  commercial litigation & dispute resolution

·  commercial building & construction

·  owners corporation law

·  insolvency

·  commercial & corporate law

·  franchise law

·  employment & workplace relations

·  leasing commercial & retail

·  intellectual property

·  superannuation

·  wills & estates

·  elder law/aged care & retirement

·  property & conveyancing

·  family law 





K&L Gates

Chris Round
Tel 03 9640 4364

Tony Watson
Tel: 03 9640 4331


 Level 25,
South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

K&L Gates is a full-service commercial law firm. K&L Gates' lawyers have extensive experience in acting for clients in the housing industry (including both large and smaller businesses) in respect of the following matters:

· Intellectual property issues, including:
o Copyright disputes. K&L Gates has successfully acted on both sides of disputes involving copyright in house plans and houses for a range of designers and builders, including in proceedings in the Federal Court

o Licensing of house designs
o Trademark and brand protection
o Disputes regarding trade mark infringement, passing off, misleading and deceptive conduct and misuse of confidential information (including by former employees)

·  Reviewing and advising on marketing materials and sales collateral to ensure compliance with the Australian Consumer Law and other legal requirements

·  Contracts and disputes with suppliers and customers

·  Real Estate: advising in contentious and non-contentious matters, including in respect of contracts with developers

·  Employment and workplace relations. 


Darren Cain
Principal Lawyer
Building and Construction Tel: 03 8600 8835
Email: dcain@kcllaw.com.au


Level 4, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


KCL Law’s Construction and Infrastructure

Highly regarded for their expertise in construction law, KCL Law’s Construction and Infrastructure team and Darren Cain, Principal Lawyer and Head of Construction and Infrastructure, are industry experts who understand the market and the drivers that determine successful project outcomes.

We act for property developers, builders, contractors and subcontractors to advise them on all aspects of a construction project (both ‘front-end’ and ‘back-end’), including:

·  bids, tender preparation and negotiations

·  key risk allocation (design and construction)

·  drafting all manner of project specific contractual

documentation and agreements

·  claims management and dispute resolution

·  adjudication under the Security of Payment Act.

Having been involved in many of Victoria’s landmark court cases, KCL Law’s Construction and Infrastructure team have a reputation as a leading firm in relation to adjudications under the Security of Payment Act and have been recommended for construction and infrastructure litigation in the Doyle’s Construction Guide 2018.

About KCL Law

KCL Law is a medium-size, commercial law firm offering a full range of legal services across the following key practice areas:

·  banking and finance (property and corporate)

·  commercial and corporate

·  construction and infrastructure

·  employment and workplace relations

·  estate planning

·  family law

·  intellectual property and IT

·  litigation and dispute resolution

·  owners corporation

·  property and leasing.

At KCL Law, we provide quality advice and deliver highly strategic outcomes to our clients — achieved by a balance of expert legal acumen, creative thinking and informed commercial insight — in a concise and accessible manner.

KCL Law looks forward to assisting HIA members with their legal needs.


Lovegrove & Cotton

Kim Lovegrove

Justin Cotton

Tel: (03) 9600 4077


 Level 40, 140 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000  

Principals Kim Lovegrove and Justin Cotton are building law experts practicing at the oldest construction law firm in Victoria est. in 1993. Combined they have 70 years’ experience in building law. Kim Lovegrove, past conjoint professor in building regulation, author of Lovegrove on Building Control and Disciplinary Hearings & Advocacy was the principal legal adviser on the Victorian Building Act and is a past Chairman of the BPB and a past Vic president of the AIB.

Justin Cotton is the leading defence advocate in defending building practitioners in licensing and disciplinary matters.

Experts in construction law, dispute resolution, contractual advice, Building Act, the VCAT, the Domestic Building Contracts Act, Land and Environment Court representation, Environmental Planning and Assessment Act advice, practitioner advocacy, representation in builder misconduct matters , planning law and commercial law.


Perry Thomas Lawyers

John Perry


(03) 8375 9638 0403 817 102

David Thomas


(03) 8375 9638 0400 046 186


 Emirates House Level 3, 257 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 
 Perry Thomas Lawyers is a boutique Building and Construction law firm which prides itself on accessibility and providing fast, pragmatic and commercially astute advice. We regularly act for construction companies, subcontractors, engineers, architects, builders and owners and have many years of 

experience advising on residential, commercial and industrial projects. We often assist clients with:

· Litigious matters in Courts and Tribunals including:

o Domestic Building Disputes

o Commercial Building Disputes
o Appearing and advocating for clients at VCAT, Mediations, Conciliations and Conferences; o Protection Work Disputes
o Breach of Contract Matters
o Joint Venture Disputes

· Building and Construction Law:
o Drafting and reviewing construction contracts

o Advising on contractual risk management and distribution;
o Providing advice in relation to the Building Act 1993, the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 and the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002

o Advising on contract administration
o Protection work disputes
o Defective building work and warranty claims
o Dispute resolution processes including mediation, conciliation and negotiation

o Debt Recovery.

· Security of Payment Act matters:
o including preparing payment claims, payment schedules, adjudications, summary judgment applications and enforcement

· Contract Advice and Drafting:

o Providing clear advice on contracting models, risk allocation /distribution

o Drafting and reviewing construction contracts

o Preparing suites of documentation to comply with contract administration requirements
o Drafting Contract Notices (Extensions of Time, Variations, Termination Notices and Notices of Dispute).


Spectrum Lawyers & Consultants

Donna Abu-Elias

Tel: 0428 545 688




PO Box 527, Altona VIC 3018


Having worked in private practice and as an in-house general counsel for both commercial builders and residential builders, Donna Abu-Elias founded Spectrum Lawyers & Consultants as she was passionate about the building and construction industry, but as a mother of a child on the Spectrum she needed to design a practice that was flexible for busy builders and Owners. Flexibility allows all parties to think outside the normal restrictions, and ensure that the primary focus is on completing the building works as efficiently and without defect, but still having the flexibility to work remotely, over the internet, or in your office/home.

Donna was admitted as a lawyer in April 2004, and before that time was working as a paralegal since 1999. Donna has worked for some of the major volume builders in Australia including Burbank Group, Carlisle Homes and Simonds Group. Donna was also a member of the Housing Industry Association (HIA) IR & Legal Committee from 2013 to 2018. Donna has completed her Bachelor of Law\Commerce (with Honours) (LaTrobe University), Diploma in Construction Law (Melbourne University) and Foundations of Directorship course (AICD).

Spectrum Lawyers & Consultants focuses on Building and construction law – to protect Owners when constructing or maintaining their homes; to assist Builders and/or Owners efficiently resolve building disputes, and work with Builders to develop streamline documented procedures and training to better manage the spectrum of challenges in today’s market.


Wainwright Ryan Eid Pty Ltd

Jeannette Eid

Tel: (03) 9009 5800
Fax: (03) 9009 5899 wre@wrelawyers.com.au



Level 4, 530 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


The Construction team at Wainwright Ryan Eid advises on the full range of legal issues impacting on Construction and Infrastructure Projects including due diligence, tender preparation and review, risk management and strategic advice, construction disputes, employment and workforce issues, project finance and ongoing operational matters.

We act on behalf of Developers, Contractors, Builders, Subcontractors, Building Practitioners, major property owners, owners corporations and strata communities, retirement village developers and operators, financiers, insurers and industry organisations including MBA, HIA, REIV, ASBC, AIBS, IAQ, PIA, and ACIF (to name a few), Architects, Surveyors, Planners as well as professionals engaged in the construction industry.

We represent and assist our clients in every phase of construction projects from ‘front end’ initial contract negotiation (contract drafting, reviews, negotiations and tender advice) to the ‘back end’ of projects (dispute negotiation and litigation).

Our team is experienced in a wide range of construction and infrastructure issues, and can advise on contract drafting and administration, joint ventures and consortium arrangements, project finance, facilities and project management, tender preparation, security of payment, PPPs, dispute resolution, health and safety and industrial relations and EBA preparation and negotiations.

Wainwright Ryan Eid Lawyers is a full-service law firm and a proud, longstanding member of the HIA since 1 July 1979.

In addition to Construction and Infrastructure matters, we can assist with all your legal requirements.


Whitelaw Flynn Lawyers

Andrew Whitelaw Director
PH: 1300 77 80 90




Level 9, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000


Andrew Whitelaw is a Director of Whitelaw Flynn Lawyers and leads the Building and Construction Team. Andrew has practiced in all areas of building and construction law for 20 years. Andrew and his team provide advice and representation for builders in the DBDRV, VCAT and all Victorian and Federal Courts.

His Building and Construction Team comprising Special Counsel Meri Siracusa and Louisa Huang, Solicitor have extensive experience in domestic and commercial construction law. The Team acts on behalf of builders, developers, owners, Owners Corporations, managers, subcontractors and construction industry professionals.

Andrew and his team provide expert guidance on:

·  Pre-contract advice

·  Negotiations on all forms of constructions contracts

·  Drafting building contracts, standard and project-specific

·  Advice and dispute resolution for all types of construction claims

·  Security of payments legislation/arbitrations

·  Advice on defect claims and claims for incomplete works

·  Insurance claims, professional liability and negligence


·  Protection works advice and documentation

·  Project development

·  Progress payments, EOTs, LDs, variations, and debt recovery

·  OH&S

·  Owners Corporation.



To find out more, contact HIA Building and Planning Services.

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