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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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New family and domestic violence leave entitlement

10 December 2018 | Employment & Workplace Relations |

In August 2018, all employees to whom a Modern Award applied were given an entitlement to unpaid Family and domestic violence leave. This new amendment extends the entitlement to all employees in the Fair Work System from 12 December 2018.

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Update contracts and register assets to protect against insolvency events

04 December 2018 | Construction & Infrastructure |

It’s time to review and update your insolvent trading clauses and practices! Historically common law came to the aid of an asset owner needing to protect materials, plant and equipment delivered to a buyer which had not yet paid in full. Recent changes to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) assist such buyers in receipt of unpaid assets even though the buyers are potentially insolvent.

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North Star – A lesson in complex contracting

08 November 2018 | Commercial Agreements |

Harvesting grain is a precise process where inputs result in outcomes. The same can be said of complex documents - the work you do upfront may ultimately save you thousands.

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Management of digital assets and accounts

03 October 2018 | Estate Planning |

So what’s needed for estate planning for digital assets? Michael Perkins explores this topic in this September 2018 Sydney Morning Herald article.

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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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Changes to FIRB approval process & fees – what you need to know

24 November 2015 | Banking & Finance |

Changes to Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) Approval Process & Fees to commence in December
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