About Us


About Us

Collinson Fogarty Laws Pty, less formally known as CFL Building Surveyors, is a Melbourne based firm of private building surveyors located in the eastern suburb of Mont Albert. CFL was formed when Fogarty & Akrititis merged with Stuart Collinson and Ross Laws in 2008.

As building surveyors we provide building certification and consultation to a broad range of building projects including but not limited to residential, commercial, educational and government sectors.

At CFL we pride ourselves on our ‘can do’ attitude and efficient service. There is no project too small for which we are willing to provide prompt, professional and effective advice ensuring your project meets the requirements of Victorian and Australian building standards.

Our aim for each project is to maintain an accessible relationship with stakeholders, whilst providing a thorough and practical approach to building solutions.


Our Team


Stuart Collinson

As a qualified Building Surveyor Stuart Collinson has had extensive experience in building permits and inspections for all types of building projects. He has completed further studies in fire technology and has been the building surveyor for numerous multi-storey apartment buildings

Personal note about Stuart:

He’s got a sense of humor… but nobody gets it!

Russell Fogarty

Russell Fogarty commenced business in 1995 after being a trail blazer in commercializing local governement operations. He has been a building surveyor for over 20 years and his vast experience varies from smaller residential projects through to major commercial projects throughout Victoria and interstate.

Personal note about Russell:

Russell's passion for the Sydney Swans has led him to the tattoo parlour for the premierships won in 2005 and 2012.

Brendan O’Connor

Since commencing work at CFL in 2011 after completing his Advanced Diploma in Building Surveying, Brendan has become a registered building practitioner in the category of Building Inspector – Unlimited. At CFL he is the Assistant Building Surveyor to the Directors and day to day you will find him liaising with clients, stakeholders and reporting authorities as required to ensure the building permit application process is completed as professionally and efficiently as possible.

Personal note about Brendan:

On the weekend, Brendan may be down the beach or having a kick of local footy. Around the office he is often mistaken for one of the Von Trapp children.

Other Key Staff

Anthony Tran (Building Inspector)

Brett Laing (Assistant Building Surveyor/Building Inspector)

Jesse Jones (Assistant Building Surveyor/Building Inspector)

Adina Purton (Reception/Administration)