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Lawyer nails top board role

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Cite as: (2007) 81(7) LIJ, p. 16


Commercial and construction lawyer Kim Lovegrove will head the Building Practitioners Board (BPB).

The BPB is an independent statutory body responsible for more than 20,000 registrations of Victorian builders and building professionals. It also supervises and monitors their conduct and ability to practise.

Mr Lovegrove, a construction law specialist and managing partner of Lovegrove Lord & Johnston, was appointed to the BPB on 16 May.

In the early 1990s he was an adviser in the development of the Building Act 1993 and was an instructing officer to Parliamentary Counsel.

“My familiarity and interest in a very viable and sound registration and oversight system for building practitioners has always been significant,” Mr Lovegrove said.

He was deputy executive dir-ector of the Australian Building Codes Board for three years and is a past president and vice-president of the Australian Institute of Building and former vice-president of the ACT’s Private Certifiers Association.

“[The BPB] is the largest building practitioners’ pool in the country and the task, in part, involves ensuring that the entry points into the construction industry in terms of qualifications and experience criteria continue to be robust,” Mr Lovegrove said.

“My mantra will be ensuring decisions are equitable, balanced and respect public policy, tenants and the rich body of law on the area that has evolved.”

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