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Golovanoff, Helena
Helena Golovanoff
Telephone: +61 2 8215 5999

Helena Golovanoff



  • Construction and commercial litigation and arbitration.
  • Advising principals and claimants in respect of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW).
  • Advising contractors, developers, architects, engineers and other building professionals in relation to major projects including infrastructure projects and large scale residential developments.
  • Advising building professionals including architects and engineers in relation to various project related and commercial matters.
  • Preparing project contract documentation for various participants in a range of projects including major educational facilities, large refurbishments, tenancy fit-outs, commercial premises, warehouses, factories, large and medium scale residential developments and aged care facilities.
  • Advising insurers and insureds in relation to a range of insurance related issues including:
    • Professional indemnity disputes involving architects, engineers, building certifiers, planners and surveyors
    • Large and small scale project insurance
    • Home Owners’ Warranty insurance.
  • Working with educational institutions addressing various matters arising from their operations ranging from development of facilities through to risk management, insurance and governance.

Significant recent cases

  • Acting for two large building consultancy firms in separate claims arising from alleged negligent mechanical ventilation design for large multi-dwelling residential and multi-purpose sports centre developments.
  • Defended an architect in a Supreme Court action concerning alleged negligent building design and contract administration failures, centring on alleged building facade failure and involving numerous parties, substantial technical evidence and a lengthy reference hearing.
  • Acting for educational institutions in a series of projects to upgrade or redevelop facilities, including preparation of all contractual documentation for development of a multipurpose hall including 50m swimming pool (project value exceeding $30 million).
  • Comprehensive contract documentation and project advice for projects including large residential developments, aged care facilities and commercial developments such as large office fit-outs and warehousing.
  • Advising a school on management of multiple issues arising with the contractor and architect during major refurbishment works.
  • Acting for a major subcontractor in a Supreme Court action involving a multitude of breach of contract and trade practices claims arising from facilities maintenance contracts let by the NSW Government.
  • Acting for construction industry participants in Security of Payment Act adjudications.
  • Acting for a developer/builder of a substantial residential development with respect to numerous claims made by subcontractors under the Security of Payment Act and dealing with issues arising from the insolvency of a major subcontractor.


  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
  • Women in Insurance
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group