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Liam Connolly

QUALIFICATIONS   B.Comm LLB
ADMITTED  2007    BAR  2011
CHAMBERS  CAS 1804

PHONE  9225 8592
MOBILE  0407 859 258
EMAIL  lconnolly@vicbar.com.au

Liam Connolly,   B.Comm LLB

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Magistrates Court
  • Building and Construction
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract
  • Corporations
  • Defamation
  • Equity / Equitable Relief / Trusts
  • Franchising
  • Insurance
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Mining Law
  • Probate / Wills / Part IV
  • Probate / Wills / Part IV
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Rent
  • Trade Practices

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Experience

Liam practices in general commercial, construction and insurance litigation.

Liam has been recognised in the peer reviewed Doyle's Guide as a leading or recommended construction and infrastructure law barrister in Victoria (and Australia wide) since 2016.

He has particular expertise in acting in substantial and complex construction and engineering disputes involving litigation or arbitration. Many of these disputes concern major infrastructure projects (across a range of sectors including roads, waste-water treatment plants, desalination plants and hospitals) and involve complex issues of delay, disruption, contract termination and professional negligence.

Liam is also experienced in acting in disputes involving the security of payment legislation, including applications for judicial review, having been involved in a number of significant decisions in this area.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Liam worked as a solicitor in Norton Rose Australia's construction and engineering group, having completed articles at that firm.

Liam is a member of Victorian Bar's Building and Construction law group, the Building Dispute Practitioners Society and the Society of Construction Law Australia.


Recent cases/ significant cases:


Court proceedings (various)

Pirmax Pty Ltd v Kingspan Insulation Pty Ltd (2021)(Federal Court proceeding, awaiting judgment)

Acting for the Respondent and Cross-claimant in a dispute concerning allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct arising from product performance claims made in relation to competing thermal insulation products (with C Archibald QC and A Terzic).

Tesseract International Pty Ltd v Pascale Construction Pty Ltd [2021] SASCA 8

Acting for an appellant seeking to set aside a decision regarding the enforceability of dispute resolution clause in a construction contract (with T J Margetts QC).

Transurban WGT Co Pty Ltd v CPB Contractors Pty Ltd [2020] VSC 476

Acting for Transurban in application for declaratory and injunctive relief in a major dispute arising from the construction of the West Gate Tunnel Project (with B Walker SC, M Roberts QC, J Moore QC, T Breakspear and J Gregory).

Gemcan Constructions Pty Ltd v Westbourne Grammar School [2020] VSC 429

Acting for a contractor in an application to enforce an arbitration clause in a construction contract (unled).

Rocke Brothers Pty Ltd v Civilmech Pty Ltd & Ors (2020) (Supreme Court proceeding)

Acting for a structural engineer defending claims involving alleged failures to take reasonable care (unled).

Sitzler Pty Ltd v GPT RE Ltd [2019] (Federal Court proceeding)

Acting for the head contractor in complex multiparty proceeding in the Federal Court involving alleged building defects and disputed variations (with R Manly QC).

Monde Construction & Refrigeration Pty Ltd v Intrax Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd (2018)(Supreme Court Proceeding).

Acting for a structural engineer defending claims involving alleged failures to take reasonable care (with T Margetts QC).

Construction Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd v Adams Engineering Pty Ltd (2017)(Supreme Court Proceeding)

Acting for the head contractor in a claim against a civil and structural engineer in relation to claims for additional construction and delay costs in relation to the delivery of a major shopping centre. (with M Roberts QC).

CES-Queen (Vic) Pty Ltd v Colonial Range Pty Ltd (2017)(Supreme Court Proceeding)

Supreme Court Proceeding. Acting for a developer in a series of judicial review proceedings concerning the protection work regime established under the Building Act 1993 (Vic) (with M Roberts QC).

Security of payment matters

MKA Bowen v Carelli Constructions [2019] VSC 436

Acting for a contractor applying to set aside an adjudication determination made under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) on the basis of jurisdictional error (unled).

Westbourne Grammar School v Gemcan Constructions Pty Ltd [2017] VSC 645

Application for judicial review of an adjudication determination made under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) (unled).

SSC Plenty Road Pty Ltd v Construction Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd [2016] VSCA 119

Court of Appeal Proceeding. Acting for the head contractor defending an appeal involving the application of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) (with T Margetts QC).

Krongold Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd v SR & RS Wales Pty Ltd [2016] VSC 94

Application for judicial review of an adjudication determination made under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) (with Mark Robins QC).

Milburn Lake Pty Ltd (trading as Irwin Stockfeeds) v Andritz Pty Ltd [2016] VSC 3

Application for judicial review of an adjudication determination made under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) (unled).

Fa├žade Treatment Engineering v Brookfield Multiplex [2015] VSC 41

Application for judicial review of an adjudication determination made under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) (with M Roberts QC).

Arbitration proceedings

G v W (2021)

Acting for the contractor in arbitration proceeding involving disputes regarding variations, liquidated damages, extension of time and termination (unled).

RC v WW (2020)

Acting for contractor in a dispute involving the construction of a sewerage infrastructure works.

Expert determination

G v E (2018)

Appointed as an expert to determine dispute concerning the interpretation of a variation clause in a major residential apartment development.



From 21st June 2011, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.