On 28 February 2019, the much-anticipated judgment in the Lacrosse Tower litigation was handed down in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal . The landmark case was brought by the Owners’ Corporations and individual owners of apartments of the Lacrosse building, against LU Simon Builders Pty Ltd who joined numerous consultants involved in the design and construction of the building to the proceeding, including the architecture firm who designed the building. The judgment considered the liability of:
- the builder;
- the building surveyor;
- the architect;
- the fire engineer;
- the occupier and resident of the apartment where the fire started.
As expected, the decision has already generated much discussion within the construction industry, particularly by those involved in novated projects. Join us as we continue the discussion with lawyer, Sarah Metcalfe, Special Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright. Sarah was part of the architect’s legal team and will provide her insights into the roles of the various parties on the project, the expert evidence relied upon by the parties, the decision of Judge Woodward, and the implications for the construction industry generally.