Darren Cain

BA (Hons), LLB (Hons)
Legal secretary: Wendy Exon
☎ +61 3 8600 0701
✉ dcain@kcllaw.com.au
A Principal Lawyer and Head of KCL Law’s Construction and Infrastructure practice, Darren has over 20 years’ experience practising in both ‘front-end’ and ‘back-end’ construction and infrastructure law.

Before joining KCL Law in 2004, Darren commenced his professional career with a national firm and for a few years worked at a leading international law firm where he began to specialise in construction and major projects.

Darren represents many leading commercial construction companies, and civil and infrastructure specialist contractors (with a national presence) on a broad range of projects and procurement methods, and provides expert advice on risk mitigation strategies for project delivery.

Darren has been involved in many of Victoria’s landmark court cases in the area of Security of Payment and regularly represent clients during the adjudication process under that Act and in judicial appeals, which have included:

  • Vaughan Constructions v Siemens (’06)
  • Protectavale v K2K (’08)
  • Grocon v Planit Cocciardi (’09)
  • Gantley v Phoenix International (’09)
  • Hallmarc v Saville (’14) (Court of Appeal)
  • RAW v JBK (’16)

In addition to a range of mixed-use projects, Darren has been involved in the following ‘front-end’ major projects:

  • Epworth Hospital, Richmond, Victoria;
  • Regis Aged Care, Malvern East, Victoria;
  • Desalination Plant, Wonthaggi, Victoria;
  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Victoria;
  • Karreenga Prison, Lara, Victoria;
  • RACV Cape Schank Resort, Victoria;
  • Growth Area Schools Project, Melbourne, Victoria;
  • Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Victoria;
  • Emirates fitout, Melbourne International Airport, Victoria;
  • Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Manningham, Victoria;
  • Simmonds Stadium, Geelong, Victoria;
  • Wyndham Harbour, Werribee South, Victoria;
  • Bendigo Theatre, Bendigo College, Victoria; and
  • Melbourne Airport MLS Tunnel, Victoria.

Darren is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Society of Construction Law Australia and Property Council of Australia — Victoria Division.


In the Doyle’s Construction Guide 2024, Darren was recognised as a Leading Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Lawyer — Victoria for a seventh consecutive year.


Darren was also short-listed a ‘finalist’ in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2019 and 2021 for Construction and Infrastructure.