Jaimi Johanson

Jaimi Johanson


BIntBus, LLB

Legal secretary: Wendy Exon

+61 3 8600 8893

Jaimi is a member of KCL Law’s Construction and Infrastructure team, working with contractors and developers across the full life of a construction project including front-end negotiations and contract drafting, live project consulting in all areas of construction law, and back-end dispute management and litigation. Jaimi also acts for consultants, subcontractors, owners and owners corporations, advising on all aspects of construction law and construction disputes.

Jaimi focuses on developing relationships with clients and assisting them implement strategies during the front-end negotiation and contract drafting stage and during the project, to avoid disputes occurring at the back end of the project. Where disputes are necessary, Jaimi takes a commercial approach to their practice exploring settlement options early and developing a strategy with clients to ensure the best outcome is achieved.

With experience across Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, Jaimi acts for both claimants and respondents in adjudications under Security of Payment legislation. Jaimi also advises clients in relation to Australian consumer law, distressed projects, insurance, proportionate liability, contract, negligence and equity.

Before joining KCL Law, Jaimi worked for a law firm in Brisbane that specialises in strata and community titles law, and was a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team.

Jaimi was admitted to practice in April 2019, after completing a Bachelor of International Business and a Bachelor of Laws from Griffith University. In addition to the Law Institute of Victoria, Jaimi is a member of the Society of Construction Law Australia, National Association of Women in Construction and Property Council of Australia — Victoria Division.

Areas of practice

Construction and Infrastructure (front-end)

  • Drafting and advising on contractual procurement:
    • Tender submissions
    • D&C or construct only contracts and subcontracts (bespoke, AU Standards, ABIC)
    • Builders side deeds
    • Deeds of novation
    • Consultant agreements
  • Contract administration and project consulting:
    • Advising on all aspects of risk allocation
    • Variations, EOT's and latent conditions (claims and assessments)
    • Prolongation and delay damages claims
    • Liquidated damages and distressed projects
    • Defects claims
    • Enforceability and impact of time bars, indemnities and consequential loss
    • Frustrated contracts and Force Majeure
  • Security of payment:
    • Key amendments to construction contracts
    • Preparing payment claims and schedules
    • Adjudication submissions and responses
    • Advising clients on how to utilise the SOP Act

Construction and Infrastructure (back-end)

  • Pre-litigation advice and pursuing overseas companies
  • Supreme Court, County Court and Magistrates’ Court
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Building Appeals Board
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Pleadings and discovery
  • Briefing and instructing Counsel, Senior Counsel and experts and evidence/facts investigation
  • Negotiating and preparing settlement agreements including guarantee and indemnity
  • Court and tribunal appearances including directions, applications and mediations / compulsory conference
  • Reviewing and advising on costs

Professional memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Society of Construction Law Australia
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • Property Council of Australia — Victoria Division

Admitted to practice

  • April 2019 — Supreme Court of Queensland