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Lawyer heads AIB

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Cite as: (2003) 77(8) LIJ, p.19

Professional indemnity insurance and alternative dispute resolution are two issues that concern the new president of the Victorian chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) Kim Lovegrove.

Principal of Lovegrove Solicitors, Mr Lovegrove, who was elected president at the end of May, believes he is probably the first solicitor to take up such a position.

He has practised in construction law for 17 years, working with both the Victorian and NSW governments on building regulation reform. He has authored and co-authored 13 books including Lovegrove on Building Control.

The Victorian chapter has 500 members of the total AIB membership of 3000. Members include builders, engineers, architects and lawyers.

Mr Lovegrove said he would encourage lawyers to apply for AIB membership as it was an opportunity for the legal fraternity to network and keep in touch with new developments in the building industry.

During his time as president, he said the major issues will be Building Act law reform and the cost of insurance.

“The average price for insurance for an engineering firm is $70,000.

“The AIB will be working with government to improve the risk profile and bring down the public indemnity insurance so you don’t get a small business exodus.”

Mr Lovegrove said there was a need for legislative amendments to promote dispute resolution at a much earlier stage than currently occurs.

“Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) settles something like 70 per cent of disputes – logic would suggest that front-end resolution is better than back-end,” he said.

For further information about the AIB Victorian chapter visit http://www.aib.org.au/vic.

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