Kim Lovegrove RML, F.A.I.B
Kim Lovegrove RML, FAIB is a senior lawyer with Lovegrove & Cotton; a consultant with the World Bank; a past Conjoint Professor of Building Regulation and Certification at the University of Newcastle (New South Wales); Chairman of the Centre for Best Practice Building Control; Past President for the Northern Chapter of the New Zealand Institute of Building and a past President of the Australian Institute of Building (Victorian Chapter). Kim Lovegrove is increasingly being deployed in an advisory capacity to advise policy makers and law reformers in offshore jurisdictions on best practice building control and building regulatory ‘holistics’.
On the 24th of June, 2017, Kim Lovegrove RML, FAIB was awarded the RML – Royal Medal of the Lion by Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie (President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia and grandson of the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie). The Lion symbolises the Lion of Judah, which was also one of the titles of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. This award was in recognition of Kim’s humanitarian endeavours in Ethiopia, where he and the firm sponsored the Lawyer position at the Hope for Children Organisation.
More specifically, Kim Lovegrove:
- Authored or co-authored some 15 books on construction law
- Headed up the team that developed the National Model Building Act. The NMBA become the regulatory reform template for overhaulingbuilding regulation in Vic (Building Act), NT (Building Act) NSW (Part 4 of the EPAA).
- Was principal legal adviser to the New South Wales government on the Part 4 reforms to the Environmental Planning
- In March 2013 was invited by the Japanese Building Regulation review team to participate in a Japanese building regulatory review “think tank” in Tokyo as an offshore law reform expert.
- Was a past Deputy Executive Director of the Australian Building Codes Board
- Past Assistant Director of the Division of Building Control Victoria
- In 1997, represented the Federal Government as a guest of the Japanese Government to advise a ministerial forum on overhaul of Japanese building regulations
- Is foremost authority in Victoria and New South Wales on building regulations
- Was principal legal adviser to the Victorian Government on the development and implementation of the Building Act Victoria 1993 and Assessment Act (late nineties)
- Is a past legal columnist for The Australian, Herald Sun and The Age
- Addressed conferences on construction law in London, Ottawa, Japan, Sweden and Paris
- Is a Chartered Building Professional
Areas of Practice
Expert on building regulation, having been engaged by the Victorian and New South Wales Governments to develop building laws in those jurisdictions. Also appeared in the planning list in the VCAT and has had conduct of cases in the Land & Environment Court NSW. In 2013 was invited by Japanese advisory government and law reform team to participate in building regulations reforms think tank in Tokyo.
Law Reform & Microeconomic Reform
Kim Lovegrove is an expert on law reform and microeconomic reform having been retained by a number of governments to advise and assist with the establishment and implementation of far reaching law reform initiatives including but not limited to:
- Establishment of holistic building control regimes
- Mandatory licencing and practitioner registration regimes
- Establishment of proportionate liability regimes
- Fast track and cost effective dispute resolution regimes
Kim Lovegrove is a leading international authority on best practice building control and microeconomic reforms in the ‘as built’ sector.
Construction Dispute Resolution
Substantial experience in large scale construction disputes embracing civil and commercial arenas. One such project related to resolution of a number of adjudication claims on the Commonwealth Games Village. Expert on adjudication advocacy, arbitration advocacy and A.D.R.
Contract Advice and Drafting
Advice to builders on variations, latent conditions, extensions of time, progress payments and the Security of Payment legislation, together with contract advice and drafting for builders and building surveyors.
Probity and compliance, capital works contracting, prosecution and enforcement in and building and planning matters, property law and facilities/asset management legal advice, legal advice governing asset and facilities management for the public and private sector.
Over 10 years experience in insurer and practitioner defendant matters.
- Resolution of building disputes
- VCAT advocacy
- Resolution of apartment and unit development disputes
- Domestic building contract advice and dispute resolution
Kim Lovegrove takes instructions in:
- Cross-jurisdictional disputes
- Representing offshore interests in Australia
- Commercial and corporate debt recovery for offshore concerns
- Mediation of commercial and civil conflicts and disputes
Kim Lovegrove has had conduct of arbitration matters for more than 25 years in a number of Australian jurisdictions arbitration matters have culminated in the resolution of very complex high dollar value commercial and design and construct disputes
Over 20 years experience, a leading building regulations lawyer in the country, a phenomenal amount of experience at the high end, be it law reform, high dollar value litigious or high level advice.