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Greater Sydney Construction Pause – Everything you need to know

July 30th, 2021|Categories: Commercial & Corporate Advisory, Construction Contracts, Construction Law, Coronavirus COVID-19|

What is the construction pause? On Saturday 17 July the NSW Government announced its intention to temporarily pause construction work across Greater Sydney from Monday 19 July - Friday 30 July 2021 (inclusive). The two-week construction pause was put in place to reduce the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 across Greater Sydney and

Lacrosse Apartment Builder found Not Liable for $12M Combustible Cladding Damages

June 8th, 2021|Categories: Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Construction Law, Dispute Resolution, Strata Defects|Tags: , , , |

On 26 March 2021, the Court of Appeal in the Supreme Court of Victoria largely upheld an earlier finding by the trial judge that the builder of the Lacrosse apartment building should not be liable to pay damages of $12 million for a fire caused by combustible cladding that had been negligently installed. The decision

Payment Claim served a day late leaves Claimant more than a buck short

May 26th, 2021|Categories: Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Construction Law, Security of Payment|Tags: , , |

The Supreme Court of NSW recently dismissed a $6M+ adjudication application after finding that the claimant’s Payment Claims were made a day later than the date they were physically provided to the respondent. The decision provides important guidance for the interpretation of key terms relating to service under section 31 of the Security of Payment

Oral Contracts in NSW: Determining Their Existence & Terms

April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Construction Law, Dispute Resolution|

“Oral contracts are worth the paper they are written on.” This is an expression that many business people will be familiar with. While not technically true, the expression captures the real risk that parties take by failing to consolidate an agreement to writing. A recent NSW Supreme Court decision, Hoju Jobs Pty Ltd [2021] NSWSC

The Design & Building Practitioners Regulations have arrived…

April 13th, 2021|Categories: Construction Contracts, Construction Law, Home Building|

The heavily awaited Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021 (Regulation) has been released and will take effect from 1 July 2021. The objective of the Regulation is to provide guidance around the new obligations imposed on builders, designers, and engineers of NCC Class 2 (residential apartment) buildings under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020

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