Lachlan Heather - Senior Associate

Sydney

Contact details

T:
+61 2 9018 9947
E:
lheather@meridianlawyers.com.au

Expertise

  • Insurance Law
  • Public liability claims
  • Professional indemnity claims
  • Disciplinary investigations
  • Product liability claims
  • Property liability claims
  • Construction claims
  • Environmental claims

Lachlan has over 10 years’ experience working on behalf of local and international insurers and their clients in litigated and unlitigated claims.  His main practice areas are acting in public liability, professional indemnity (including disciplinary investigations), product liability and property (including construction and environmental) damage claims.

He is particularly experienced in managing complicated litigation, including catastrophic injury claims. Lachlan has also advised government departments, including local councils, and their insurers on public liability claims as well as claims relating to development approvals and nuisance.

Lachlan regularly appears in the Supreme Court of NSW and District Court of NSW. He has acted for the successful party in a number of important cases including:

  • Bettergrow Pty Limited v TransGrid (No 2) [2018] NSWSC 514 (environmental/construction);
  • Richtoll Pty Ltd v WW Lawyers (in Liquidation) Pty Ltd [2016] NSWSC 438 (solicitor negligence);
  • Buckworth v Gladio Pty Ltd [2016] NSWCA 54 (contract and corporations law);
  • Registrar-General of New South Wales v LawCover Insurance Pty Ltd [2014] NSWCA 241 (claim for indemnity);
  • JJES Pty Ltd v Sayan [2014] NSWSC 541 (solicitor negligence);
  • JJES Pty Ltd v Sayan (No 2) [2014] NSWSC 975 (costs orders obtained against director of plaintiff company);
  • Rail Corporation NSW v King [2014] NSWCA 207 (public liability – catastrophic injury);
  • Streller v Albury City Council [2013] NSWCA 348 (public liability – catastrophic injury);
  • Mark Bartley v Rail Corporation NSW [2012] NSWDC (public liability); and
  • Anthony Quinn v Toll Ipec Pty Limited & Ors, Anthony Quinn v Toll Pty Limited [2011] NSWDC 71 (public liability/CTP/workers compensation).

He has participated in many mediations and informal settlement conferences and is an experienced and skilful negotiator.

Lachlan is a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA), the Law Society of NSW, the Young Insurance Professionals (YIPS) Australia and the NSW Claims Discussion Group. He is the author of several published articles – including in the Australian Civil Liability journal.

Contact

  • Sydney

    Level 16, MLC Centre
    19 Martin Place
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    T:
    +61 2 9018 9999
    F:
    +61 2 9018 9900
  • Melbourne

    Level 12, 357 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000
    T:
    +61 3 9810 6777
    F:
    +61 3 9810 6770
  • Newcastle

    Level 6, 45 Watt Street
    Newcastle NSW 2300
    T:
    +61 2 4047 2600
    F:
    +61 2 4047 2699
  • Brisbane

    Level 8, 60 Edward Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    T:
    +61 7 3220 9333
    F:
    +61 7 3220 9399
  • Perth

    Level 3, 225 St Georges Terrace
    Perth WA 6000
    T:
    +61 8 6319 0470
    F:
    +61 8 6319 0499