Laina Chan

Laina Chan

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Laina is a barrister as well as the Chair of the Society of Construction Law Australia and a director of the Australian Construction Industry Forum. Laina practices in the area of construction, property and insurance law. Laina was awarded the 2021 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law award for barrister of the year. Recognised as the leading authority on the interplay between construction and insurance law, she has published extensively on construction, property and insurance law. Recently, she authored the chapters on professional liability and insuring risk in construction law in Bailey’s Construction Law in Australia, Thomsen Reuters, 4th edition. Laina and Professor J W Carter co-authored Contract and the Australian Consumer Law, Federation Press, 2019. The book discusses how the law of contract has been modified by the Australian Consumer Law and is a useful resource for all who carry on business in Australia.

Laina appeared in Tensioned Concrete Pty Ltd v. Munich Re [2020] WASC 431, the only case that has considered the interplay between construction, insurance and arbitration law in Australia. She has also in 2021 published two vexed issues in arbitration — the joinder of third parties and the arbitrability of indemnity issues annotated’ in Industrial Law Journal, a related article.

Laina has a Certificate of Management Excellence from Harvard Business School having completed programmes in negotiation, strategy and leadership. The programmes have had a significant impact upon the way Laina approaches all negotiations and dispute resolution. Laina focuses on the interests of the parties during all negotiations and has achieved resolutions in difficult cases, where insured have been underinsured, that are in the best interests of the parties – sometimes to the surprise of her insurer clients.

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