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Issues of Consent – Is it better to ask forgiveness, than permission?

22 October 2019 | Construction & Infrastructure |

So, is it better to ask for forgiveness than consent? As a planning strategy it is fraught with risk, too much risk to even consider it.

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NSW Security of payment changes – what you need to know.

24 September 2019 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Is your civil construction business ready for the new security of payment reforms? You have until 21 October 2019 to get organised.

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Traps in preliminary agreements

07 June 2019 | Civil Contractors and Construction |

Are you a builder and confused about 'preliminary agreements' and what you should and should not do? Our own Kelvin Keane provides some clarity on this issue in his latest article.

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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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Renewal proceedings in NCAT

05 May 2016 | Construction & Infrastructure |

Rectification not money is the most likely order in a home building defects claim in the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal …

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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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