Balcony collapse to have ‘major implications’

By Emma Ryan 30 October 2019 | 1 minute read

A Slater and Gordon lawyer representing six people injured in Melbourne’s Doncaster balcony collapse has shed light on the implications the building industry is set to face in the aftermath of the inquest.

Lily Boskovski

Slater and GordonGordon, VIC Gordon, NSW Gordon, ACT principal lawyer (public liability) Lily Boskovski is the legal rep of six people who were impacted in the balcony collapse that killed two people at a Doncaster home in Melbourne in 2017.

Speaking on record, Ms Boskovski said the inquest into the matter is set to have “major implications” on the building industry going forward.

“This is likely to be a long and complex coronial inquest involving experts with engineering and building backgrounds, and we will hear from witnesses. The expert reports reveal significant differences in the construction of the balcony when compared to the approved building plans,” she said.

“Latent defects can be the most frightening and dangerous because you can’t see them. In someone’s home where you are living day to day, a latent defect can be catastrophic, as it was in this case.


“This inquest has been a long time coming, and if we can support the victims and their families with a common law claim, that will be an ideal outcome for them, given what they have been through.”

Ms Boskovski said the inquest is especially relevant, “given what we have seen in the building industry in recent times in terms of rogue builders, dodgy building certifiers (Opal tower in NSW) and unsafe building practises, including the use of flammable cladding”.

“Of the 17 or so who were injured and trapped after the floor boards collapsed beneath them, I am investigating public liability claims for six of them,” she said.

“They have suffered physical and psychiatric injuries.”

About the author

Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan is the deputy head of content at Momentum Media.

Emma has worked for Momentum Media since 2015, and has since been responsible for breaking some of the biggest stories in corporate Australia, including across the legal, mortgages, real estate and wealth industries. In addition, Emma has launched several additional sub-brands and events, driven by a passion to deliver quality and timely content to audiences through multiple platforms.

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