Latest Updates

Our recent legal updates are listed below.

Contract Issues

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…

Deal or no deal: electronic signatures and contract law

Of the many changes brought by the digital age to the commercial…

Dealing with variations in building contracts

Variations to the scope of works, or variations to the services…

The cost of poorly-drafted building contracts

The importance of having in place a written contract is widely…

Security of Payment

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 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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