As a skilled litigator, Frances has extensive experience advising government and corporate organisations in building regulation advice, litigation and prosecutions in all areas of construction and projects. Frances has advised on combustible cladding compliance issues, protection works disputes, BCA and Building Act compliance issues. She has acted for government authorities and corporate entities before the Building Appeals Board and regularly appears as counsel assisting the Architects Tribunal in disciplinary inquiries.
Litigation and Arbitration
Supreme and County Court litigation, arbitration and Building Appeals Board proceedings regarding building regulatory issues, contractual disputes, protection works issues and complex issues of statutory interpretation’.
Acting as counsel assisting in professional disciplinary inquiries, including for the Architects Tribunal.
Providing advice and audit services to local council building departments to advice on legislative compliance and risk management processes.
Advice to building contractors and developers regarding regulatory requirements and to Cladding Safety Victoria regarding processes for rectification of combustible cladding.
Statutory interpretation and enforcement
Advising state government, local government and statutory authorities including the MFB and the Architects Registration Board of Victoria on complex issues of statutory interpretation and enforcement.
New Code of Conduct for Registered Building Surveyors – how will this affect Councils?
Explains the eight core principles for professional conduct in the new Code of Conduct for building surveyors (Code).
Report released on compliance and enforcement in the building and construction industry
The Report proposes a package of reforms to strengthen effective implementation of the National Construction Code