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Coronavirus & Force Majeure – Potential relief for affected construction suppliers?

February 21st, 2020|Categories: Construction Contracts, Construction Law, News|

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus (scientifically labelled 2019-nCoV) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The future trajectory and full impact of the outbreak remain uncertain, however, it has already impacted the manufacture and export of goods and materials from affected countries. This article will discuss coronavirus in the

How do Hunter Water Restrictions affect your business?

February 11th, 2020|Categories: Commercial & Corporate Advisory, General Counsel Services, News, Uncategorized|

As the Hunter region is experiencing the lowest water levels in decades, from 20 January 2020, level 2 water restrictions will apply to everyone in the Lower Hunter. Who do the water restrictions affect? The water restrictions will apply to all properties that are connected to Hunter Water’s supply network around Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland,

Whistleblower Protection Regime – Jan 2020 Update

February 5th, 2020|Categories: Commercial & Corporate Advisory, General Counsel Services, News|

Whistleblowing plays an important role in identifying misconduct and harm to consumers and the community. The Corporations Act 2001 (Act) encourages whistleblowers to raise their concerns and protect them when they do. The Act gives certain people legal rights and protection as whistleblowers. From 1 July 2019, the whistleblower protections regime under the Act expanded

Bushfire Smoke and Construction Delays

January 14th, 2020|Categories: Commercial & Corporate Advisory, Construction Contracts, News|

Unprecedented bushfires have devasted Australia this summer. Their full human, environmental and economic consequences are beyond the scope of this article. This article will discuss whether, and in what circumstances, bushfire smoke (separate from fire itself) might relieve contractors from performing their obligations under construction contracts. What is force majeure? Force majeure is a common

It’s Christmas! If only Security of Payment Legislation took a break…

December 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Christmas. It’s the time of year full of festive cheer, too much ham and beer and… unexpected construction claims. With less than a month until Christmas, its time to turn our minds to the operation of Security of Payment Legislation over the shutdown period to ensure the holidays aren’t made less joyful by unanticipated disputes

New Rules for NSW Government Procurement

December 17th, 2019|Categories: Commercial & Corporate Advisory, Construction Law, News|

NSW Government agencies will now have to comply with “enforceable procurement provisions” as listed in a Direction of the NSW Procurement Board Direction (EPP Direction). These provisions are intended to implement a consistent approach to government procurement, ensure fair competition between international and domestic suppliers, ensure value for money and improve access to Government procurement

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