Lacrosse – What does the recent Appeals Court ruling mean for the fire protection industry?

On 26 March 2021 the Victorian Court of Appeal handed down its decision in Tanah Merah Vic Pty Ltd & Ors v Owners Corporation No 1 of PS613436T & Ors [2021] VSCA 72 and largely dismissed an appeal of the VCAT decision in Owners Corporation No 1 of PS613436T v LU Simon Builders Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2019] VCAT 286 – otherwise known as the “Lacrosse” decisions.  It is well known that the cladding to which the fire spread on the Lacrosse building was constructed with an aluminium composite panel known as Alucobest, which contained a combustible polyethylene core.  But what about the court’s treatment of the approval and installation of an aluminium composite panel product and the broader implications of the Lacrosse decisions?  This session will review the Lacrosse decisions and distil the key takeaways from those decisions for the fire protection industry and other construction professionals.

Presenters

Greg Campbell Partner Pinsent Masons Lawyers

Greg Campbell is a qualified building surveyor and lawyer and has advised extensively on building control issues for the last 30 years.  Greg worked as a building inspector and building surveyor for various local governments from the mid 70 to the mid 80s.  After completing an honours degree in Law in 1988 he commenced practice as a lawyer.

Over the past 32 years, Greg has specialised in construction and infrastructure law and has a particular speciality in building regulation and building control.  Greg was a partner at Maddocks in Melbourne for 25 years and is currently a partner in international law firm, Pinsent Masons, having moved there in 2015.

While at Maddocks, Greg advised the State building regulator, fire authorities, architecture and building practitioner disciplinary boards, Councils, as well as developers and contractors.  More recently while at Pinsent Masons he has been advising infrastructure owners and investors, builders, contractors and building practitioners.

Simone Pappas Senior Associate Pinsent Masons Lawyers

Simone Pappas has extensive experience in advisory, contract management and contentious matters on large-scale infrastructure and commercial projects, including in relation to issues regarding fire safety and building products.

Simone acts in an advisory capacity including for clients in the project delivery phase, on matters such as compliance with regulations, contract administration, claims preparation and dispute avoidance strategies. She is also experienced in litigation and large-scale arbitration, both domestic and international.

Simone’s strong appreciation of her client’s key business objectives has enabled her to build experience in delivering practical and commercial outcomes for her clients, when advising on legal strategy and complex disputes.