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The Devil in Design – Builders in the Firing Line

27 March 2019 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Opal Tower - can it really be the case that innocent builders or even worse, owners end up footing the bill for this fiasco? What options are available to address this significant problem? A proactive approach needs to be taken to address these issues rather than collective ignorance and shirking responsibilities.

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Security of Payments – New Year, New Act

21 February 2019 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Significant amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (SOP Act) were passed on 21 November …

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Climate Change – A Construction Contractor’s Risk?

02 August 2018 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Australian Governments at all levels recognise that climate change is occurring.  The NSW Government has gone so far as to publish …

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Simplifying construction contract language

12 June 2018 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Construction law has its own language and each contract is like a dialect of that language.
If you don’t communicate using the …

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2018 Construction projects – three changes to the law you need to know

11 January 2018 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Three fundamentals of any construction project – building product safety, defects and termination – are set to change under new legislation …

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Security of payment reform – where to from here?

02 February 2016 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

The seemingly endless cycle of changes to security of payment legislation across the country continues.
NSW is once again looking at reforming …

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Quantity Surveyor liability – developer awarded damages for negligent work

13 January 2016 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Assessing claims during construction can be risky business for quantity surveyors and superintendents.  In the recent matter of LM Investment Management …

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Home warranty insurance – more reforms for a broken system

12 January 2016 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

The Home Building Compensation Fund is once again up for review after the NSW Government determined the current structure is not …

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Home Building Compensation Fund – how to claim

09 April 2015 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

The Home Building Compensation Fund in NSW is designed to protect consumers where their builder dies, disappears or becomes insolvent (Insured …

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How builders can limit their exposure to a claim for defects

07 November 2014 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

A recent decision in the Supreme Court provides guidance for builders as to the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ around defect rectification and …

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NCAT building disputes – can your lawyer represent you?

18 September 2014 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) replaced numerous tribunals on 1 January 2014, including the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal. …

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The new Security of Payments landscape – critical changes to the NSW Legislation

13 March 2014 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

In response to the Collins Inquiry into Insolvency in the Construction Industry, the Government has passed the most significant amendments to …

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