• 03 8547 1047
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CHARLOTTE SINCLAIR

  • SENIOR ASSOCIATE
  • 03 8547 1063
  • cs@patrickassociates.com.au

Charlotte Sinclair is a formidable litigator with a focus on building, construction and major torts litigation.

As a building and construction lawyer, Charlotte is familiar with both the regulatory elements of construction in Victoria, as well as the diverse suite of contracts and subcontracts that are used.  She applies her highly analytical and methodical approach to the complexity of building disputes.

Her evidence based approach brings early certainty to matters, leading to excellent results in the early stages of the litigation process.

Charlotte values consistency, honesty and transparency and these values translate to all areas of her professional and personal life.  Charlotte’s clients appreciate her enthusiastic and committed approach, and the positive working relationships she develops with them in challenging circumstances.

Charlotte was recently nominated in the Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards 2019, 2020 and Women In Law Awards 2019.

Charlotte is Melbourne born and bred.  Out of the office you will find her at a St Kilda game, on her yoga mat or in the gym, cooking, and socialising with family and friends.

Experience

  • Acted for a builder in a declaration proceeding in the VCAT under Planning & Environment Act 1987 (Vic) in relation to the definition of a ‘dependent person unit’ (Mornington Peninsula SC v Premier Homes (Vic) Pty Ltd (Red Dot) [2021] VCAT 94
  • Acted for plaintiffs in successful applications for judgment under s 16(2) of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) (see No Pressure Plumbing Pty Ltd v AB Studio Pty Ltd [2020] (VCC), Twig & Co Pty Ltd v Shang Shang Investment Pty Ltd [2019] (VCC), V & K Engineering Pty Ltd v Total Construction Pty Ltd [2018] (VCC))
  • Defending a misleading and deceptive conduct claim in the Federal Court
  • Acting for a caveator in relation to a priority dispute in the Supreme Court
  • Defending a substantial liquidated damages claim in the County Court
  • Prosecuting a property contamination claim against a local council for breach of statutory duty in the Supreme Court
  • Acting for individuals and companies in relation to breach of contract proceedings in the Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates’ Court and VCAT
  • General negligence in the Supreme Court
  • Debt recovery across all Victorian jurisdictions

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