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Media release: KCL Law appoints Damien Simonetti to Principal Lawyer and Arnie Vijayakumar to Senior Associate, effective 1 July 2020

Jul 3, 2020

KCL Law is delighted to announce the appointments of Damien Simonetti to Principal Lawyer, and Arnie Vijayakumar to Senior Associate, effective 1 July 2020.

These truly deserved promotions recognise their talent, knowledge and experience, and their outstanding dedication and commitment to their clients, contribution to the firm and, more broadly, the profession.

The Principal Lawyers and staff congratulate Damien and Arnie on their appointments and look forward to their continued success with the firm.

Damien Simonetti, Principal Lawyer — Construction and Infrastructure

Damien specialises in construction and infrastructure law and works with builders and developers to deliver tenders and contracts, project consulting and litigious advice.

Damien’s practice includes advising, consulting and representing builders and developers in medium-to-large commercial, infrastructure and domestic projects utilising a wide range of Australian and international standard contracts. He also advises on disputes and conducts litigation and arbitration in all jurisdictions across Australia.

Damien also advises clients in relation to Australian consumer law, insolvency and bankruptcy, distressed projects, insurance, proportionate liability, security of payment, personal property security, contract, negligence and equity.

Principal Lawyer and Head of Construction and Infrastructure, Darren Cain said, “Damien’s appointment is a significant milestone and one that is truly deserved. Damien has comprehensive legal, technical and industry knowledge and, since joining the firm, has built and maintained strong client relationships”.

Damien joined KCL Law in 2014, and was appointed to Senior Associate in 2018. More recently, Damien completed a Minor Thesis on construction contracts entitled, ‘Common Risks in Construction Contracts: Resolution and Revision’ to complete his Masters of Laws (LLM) at The University of Melbourne.

To learn more about Damien, click here.

Arnie Vijayakumar, Senior Associate — Litigation and Dispute Resolution

A key member of KCL Law’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, Arnie’s practice primarily focuses on general commercial, corporations and insolvency litigation. He also has experience in building and construction litigation, financial services litigation, real property litigation, defamation and international commercial arbitration.

Arnie has advised a wide variety of clients including individuals, SME’s, publicly listed companies, accountants and insolvency practitioners. He also regularly appears in the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, Supreme Court of Victoria, County Court of Victoria, Magistrates Court of Victoria, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Principal Lawyer and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, David Weinberger said, “Arnie has become an integral member of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team and this promotion is truly deserved. Arnie has proven to be a talented commercial litigation lawyer, as he understands the commercial realities of litigation and works with clients to provide solutions that derive the most value to them.”

Arnie joined KCL Law as a paralegal in October 2013 and was admitted to practice in December 2013. He was appointed as an Associate in April 2017.

To learn more about Arnie, click here.

For more information

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Stuart Giles, Business Development & Marketing Manager, on (03) 8600 8822 or sgiles@kcllaw.com.au.