Latest Updates

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Contract Issues

Quantum meruit claims and wrongful termination of a building contract

A building contractor may make a quantum meruit claim seeking…

What are defects and how does a defects liability period work?

Every builder dreams of the perfect build without so much as…

The devil with no detail: rectification of mistakes in contracts

In contract law, words used in a written instrument are powerful,…

Giving Security in Construction Contracts

It is not uncommon in construction contracts for a principal…

Liquidated damages in construction contracts and the dangers of penalty

The inclusion of a liquidated damages clause in construction…

Employees, independent contractors and ‘shams’ in the construction industry

It is common for builders and operators in the construction industry…

Security of Payment

The Fantastic Fourth: another NSW Security of Payment amendment

On 21 November 2018, the NSW Houses of Parliament passed the…

Security of Payment - More Changes

On 21 November 2018, the NSW government passed the Building and…

Challenging Adjudication Determinations – some recent guidance

Parties to a commercial building dispute may utilise Security…

When adjudication certificates meet statutory demands

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Parties to a payment dispute in the commercial building industry…

National review of security of payment legislation by John Murray AM

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The long-awaited national review of security of payment legislation…

Construction Regulation

New laws in relation to multi-storey residential strata schemes

On 27 September 2018, the NSW government enacted amendments in…

Greater regulation of buildings using external combustible cladding

Recent disasters befalling high-rise buildings locally and overseas…

Commercial Issues

The role of an expert witness in a building dispute

If you are involved in a domestic building dispute, whether as…

Protecting your plans: intellectual property basics for architects

Architectural designs and plans are a valuable commodity in the…

The Modern Slavery Acts: what businesses need to know

After much discussion, the Australian government has followed…

Personal Property Security Register and the construction industry

The introduction of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009…

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