Kevin Frawley practises in building and construction law and in commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in the successful finalisation of property development and construction agreements for major Australian and international property developers, with a particular emphasis on risk minimisation.
Kevin also has considerable skill in claims management for a broad range of private developers and various financial and educational institutions.
By combining his commercial property and litigation practices, Kevin has produced important benefits for clients, such as anticipating obscure, but nevertheless critical, issues during commercial contract negotiation and resolving litigious disputes on more favourable terms. Kevin is widely experienced in alternative dispute resolution procedures, including arbitration and mediation.
Kevin has been named as one of Australia’s leading construction and real estate lawyers in successive editions of prominent international guides to law firms, including Chambers Asia Pacific, Best Lawyers® International and Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Clients praise him for his “huge and real-life experience of litigation, as well as his experience with builders,” and his ability “to get to the key issues quickly”.
“He has extensive knowledge in the building industry and is personally involved in all the communication with the builders to ensure our interest is fully protected.”
Kevin’s practice focuses on the following areas:
- construction and project management, including the preparation and negotiation of construction and engineering contract documentation and providing strategic advice during construction, and
- commercial litigation, including litigation in the Supreme, Federal and appellate Courts, with particular emphasis on corporate, trust, insurance and property disputes.
Kevin has acted for major Australian and international property developers and banking groups in a range of landmark property development and construction matters, including:
- Aspial - World Class Land: in relation to the ‘Australia 108’ residential apartment tower, Southbank, Melbourne;
- Baron Corporation/Multiplex Developments joint venture: in relation to the construction contract documentation for the joint ‘Southern Cross West Tower’ office development;
- Beck Property Group/Probuild Construction joint venture: in relation to the ‘Caulfield Village’ urban renewal, mixed use project in Caulfield, Victoria;
- Beulah International/Fajarbaru Builder Group joint venture: in relation to the ‘Gardenhill’ apartment development, Elgar Road, Doncaster;
- CEL Australia: in relation to the ‘33M’ residential apartment development in Mackenzie Street, Melbourne and the ‘Tower Melbourne’ apartment development at 150 Queen Street, Melbourne;
- Fridcorp: in relation to the ‘Eve Apartments’ residential development in Erskineville, New South Wales;
- Golden Sunrise Developments: in relation to construction contracts for the 40-level ‘Marco Melbourne’ apartments tower, Balston Street, Southbank;
- GurnerTM: in relation to the FV apartment towers development, fortitude Valley, Brisbane; and the Ikebana apartments development, Dudley Street, Melbourne;
- JGL/Qualitas consortium: in relation to the development of the ‘Digital Harbour’ precinct of the Melbourne Docklands;
- MAB Corporation: in relation to the development of the NewQuay precinct at Melbourne Docklands;
- Melbourne City Link toll road and tunnel projects: in relation to negotiating and finalising the head construction contract and the toll road operation and maintenance contract;
- Pacific Shopping Centres: in relation to the construction and subsequent extensions to Epping Plaza Shopping Centre and the major redevelopment of Werribee Plaza Shopping Centre;
- SP Setia Melbourne: in relation to the ‘Fulton Lane’ apartment towers development in Franklin Street, Melbourne and the ‘Parque’ residential development at 557 St Kilda Road, Melbourne;
- Visy Pulp and Paper: in relation to finalising various construction and operation agreements for the group’s pulp and paper mill at Tumut, NSW;
- UEM Sunrise Berhad: in relation to the landmark ‘Aurora Melbourne Central’ and ‘Conservatory’ residential apartment towers in Melbourne CBD;
- Australand Industrial Constructions: in relation to the preparation of construction contract documentation for the Wonderland Business Park, Eastern Creek, NSW;
- Arno Corporation: in relation to the construction contract for the development of ‘The Face’ residential apartment development in Acland Street, Melbourne;
- Baracon Group: in relation to the construction contract for the development of the 41-level ‘Wrap’ development in City Road, South Melbourne;
- BOS International (Bank of Scotland): in relation to construction contract documentation for the development of the Centrelink Headquarters, Canberra;
- Becton Corporation: in relation to an urban renewal and redevelopment project in Kensington; and hotel and commercial developments in Newcastle and Canberra;
- Equiset: in relation to the construction contract for the heritage-listed ‘Goods Shed North’ (former railways shed) in the Batman’s Hill precinct at Melbourne’s Docklands. The development is the first heritage-listed, five-star, Green Star rated building in Victoria and houses the offices of VicUrban; the construction contract for the development of the ‘George’ residential apartments in Flemington Road, North Melbourne, and the construction contract for the development of the ‘Villiers’ student housing development in Flemington Road, North Melbourne;
- Fridcorp: in relation to the construction contract for the 16-level ‘Avenue apartments’ residential development in South Yarra, Victoria;
- Golden Age Development Group: in relation to the ‘Victoria One’ and ‘Collins House’ residential apartment towers in Melbourne and the ‘Opera’ apartment development at 450 St Kilda Road, Melbourne;
- Gurner TM: in relation to construction contracts for the FV apartment towers development, fortitude Valley, Brisbane, and the Ikebana apartments development, Dudley Street, Melbourne;
- Hamton/Macquarie Bank joint venture: in relation to the construction contract for the 29-storey, 220 apartment, ‘50 Albert’ residential development in South Melbourne, and the construction contract for the ‘Eden/Haven’ residential development in Abbotsford;
- Little Projects: in relation to the construction contract for the 10-level, 101 Bay Street residential apartment in Port Melbourne, the‘Tip-Top’ residential development in East Brunswick and the ‘Central South Yarra’ apartment tower in Yarra Street, South Yarra;
- LK Property Group: in relation to the ‘Capitol Grand’ residential development in South Yarra and the ‘Opus Tower’ apartment development at 57 City Road, Southbank;
- Lustig & Moar/Macquarie Bank joint venture: in relation to: the Russell Street police headquarters/Concept Blue residential redevelopment and the ‘Lucient’ Apartments St Kilda Road development;
- Lustig & Moar: in relation to the ‘Silverleaf’ residential development in South Melbourne;
- MAB Corporation: in relation to the development (commercial, retail and residential) of the University Hill site at Bundoora, Victoria, and an agreement with Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited to develop land surrounding the Ford Campbellfield factory as a business park;
- Mammoth Empire: in relation to the construction contract for the development of the 53-level ‘MY80’ residential apartment development in A’Beckett Street, Melbourne;
- Merrifield Corporation, the joint venture between MAB Corporation and Gibson Property Group: in relation to the 280 hectare staged Merrifield development project north of Melbourne;
- Michael Yates & Co: in relation to residential tower developments in Wallace Avenue, Toorak; Yarra Street, South Yarra; and Claremont Street, South Yarra;
- National Australia Bank: in relation to construction contract documentation for the financing of the RACV City Club development;
- R Corporation: in relation to: development and construction agreements for the Botannica business park in Richmond; and the development of the Clara townhouse apartment residential development project on a 1.4 hectare site in South Yarra, Melbourne;
- RMAC, joint venture between R Corporation and Macquarie Bank: in relation to the construction contract documentation redevelopment of Botanicca Corporate Park. Richmond, Victoria; and the St Kilda Triangle commercial and retail redevelopment proposal;
- Salta Properties: in relation to the construction contract for the ‘Richmond – A Place to Live’ residential development in Burnley Street Richmond, comprising 355 residential apartments across four buildings and the ‘Green Square’ residential development in Victoria Street, Abbotsford;
- Ubertas: in relation to the construction contract for the ‘Art on the Park’ residential apartment development at 350 William Street, Melbourne; and the construction contracts for residential apartment developments at 505 and 568 St Kilda Road, Melbourne;
- Walker Corporation: in relation to the Point Cook town centre development; and the Kew Cottages redevelopment construction agreements;
- the administrators of Ansett Airlines: in relation to construction contract documentation for the business park redevelopment of Ansett facilities adjoining Tullamarine airport, Melbourne;
- the developers of various other landmark Melbourne CBD buildings, including KPMG House, 333 Collins Street, the Park Hyatt Hotel, Rockman’s Regency Apartments, the Royal Domain Centre, and the Clarendon Towers project; and
- the developers of various suburban and regional shopping centres in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Tasmania.
Awards & recognition
Kevin is recognised as a leading lawyer by various international guides to lawyers and law firms, including
- Best Lawyers® International: construction/infrastructure law and real property law
- Chambers Asia Pacific: construction
- Doyle’s Guide: construction and infrastructure litigation, and
- Legal 500 Asia Pacific: construction.