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Changes to Qld security of payment regime to commence in December

2018-11-13T09:22:00+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Construction Contracts, Construction disputes, Construction Law, Dispute Resolution, Security of Payment|

The Queensland Government has announced the next stage of reforms to the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act (Qld) 2017 (BIF Act) will commence on 17 December this year. What are the changes?  These ‘Chapter 3’ changes will significantly change the previous regime under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (BCIPA). 

Potential upheaval of security of payment laws in NSW: 6 key changes proposed

2018-11-07T11:51:22+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Construction Contracts, Construction disputes, Construction Law, Dispute Resolution, Home Building, Security of Payment|

Is it back to the future or a brave new world with the latest changes to the security of payment regime in NSW? What’s happened? Earlier this year, NSW Fair Trading released a consultation paper on proposed draft changes to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (SOP Act) open for

NSW government expands combustible cladding ban

2018-10-29T14:32:53+00:00 October 29th, 2018|Construction disputes, Construction Law, Dispute Resolution, Home Building, Strata Defects|

The NSW Government’s latest response to the numerous combustible cladding tragedies both overseas and in Australia came into effect on 22 October 2018.  The impact of these regulations is as follows: Aluminium composite panel ban Prior to the 22 October regulations coming into effect, the NSW Government took steps to limit the use of combustible

Building Information Modelling (BIM) – what is it and what are the risks?

2018-10-25T17:09:49+00:00 October 25th, 2018|Construction Contracts, Construction disputes, Construction Law, The Future|

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a model based approach and process for creating and managing information on building and infrastructure projects. The model gives architecture, engineering and construction professionals the insight and tools to plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure. There are different dimensions to a BIM system. These dimensions refers to the

What do you do when your contract price has been undervalued in the strata building bond and inspections scheme?

2018-10-24T10:22:23+00:00 October 24th, 2018|Construction Contracts, Construction Law, Home Building, Strata Defects|

Under the building bond and inspection scheme (the Scheme) developers will need to lodge a building bond that is 2% of the contract price. The developer will need to lodge the bond to the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (the Secretary). Unfortunately, this has created an incentive for developers to undervalue the contract price

That wasn’t what I expected: Managing latent conditions for contractors

2018-10-04T10:24:11+00:00 October 4th, 2018|Construction Contracts, Construction disputes, Construction Law, Home Building, Security of Payment|

What are latent conditions? Latent conditions in a construction project refer to those conditions which cannot be identified prior to entering into a contract.  Usually this means the conditions that cannot be identified by review of the relevant project documentation, in other testing or investigations, or during a routine inspection prior to undertaking works. Latent

Franchising in construction: Is it worth it?

2018-09-18T12:25:38+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Commercial & Corporate Advisory, Construction Law, Home Building|

Many businesses in the construction industry, from project home builders through to subcontractors and manufacturers, look to franchising as an option to expand their business and market footprint.  But before making the leap towards franchising a business, it’s important to understand what franchising is and what risks may be associated with that business model. What

Variation claims – how to effectively claim

2018-09-10T16:56:48+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Construction Contracts, Construction disputes, Construction Law, Home Building|

Change can appear inevitable, but when it comes to variation claims on a construction project, it can also be costly and confusing for all parties, including contractors, owners and financiers. Morrissey Law + Advisory have prepared an insight into what actually constitutes a variation and the way in which variation claims may be substantiated. What

Major upheavals proposed for NSW security of payment laws

2018-08-29T09:29:12+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Construction Contracts, Construction disputes, Construction Law, Dispute Resolution, Home Building, Security of Payment|

The NSW Government has proposed a number of significant changes to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (SOP Act) through a bill[1] publicly released on 22 August 2018. There are proposed reforms to the SOP Act and also the associated regulations[2]. In this article we have identified 10 key proposed

Design and Construct Contracts: What are they and when should they be used?

2018-08-20T10:31:18+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

What is a design and construct contract? Design and Construct (D&C) is a widely accepted project delivery method and contract form primarily used for major construction contracts. Under an ordinary “design-bid-build” (often called ‘construct only’) delivery method, the plans for the construction of the project are prepared by a third party designer engaged by the

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