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Aged care reform: back on the agenda
Insight 05 Aug 2022

In this Insight, we focus in on the key regulatory enforcement and provider governance reforms to be implemented under the Royal Commission Response Bill and the implications for approved providers. ...

'Rate my builder' – next step in NSW Government rating regime
Insight 24 Jun 2022

Marking a further step in the New South Wales Government's 'Construct NSW' building and construction industry reforms, the Independent Construction Industry Ratings Tool (iCIRT) – which assesses construction professionals against a series of criteria2 – has released the first 19 developers and builders to have a public rating. In this Insight, we explain iCIRT's potential impact, and what action construction professionals and businesses can be taking now. ...

Allens advises TfNSW on $2.2 billion Coffs Harbour Bypass Project
News 20 Jun 2022

The project includes a 14 kilometre bypass of Coffs Harbour, which will save 11 minutes travel time. The project forms part of the Pacific Highway upgrade, which is one of the largest road ...

Multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses – when does an arbitration agreement become 'operative'?
Insight 17 Jun 2022

A recent decision of the New South Wales Supreme Court considered a multi-tiered dispute resolution provision that required negotiation and expert determination before a party could refer a dispute to arbitration. In a move away from earlier authorities, the court found that the agreement to arbitrate in such a clause was 'operative' even if the negotiation and mediation steps had not yet been satisfied. The decision takes a broad view of when Australian courts must refer disputes to arbitration. ...

An election won on ESG: what does a Labor Government mean for ESG and business?
Insight 08 Jun 2022

ESG has become a significant focus for business — both as a key risk and/or opportunity to drive value and growth. With a new Labor Government, ESG is set to remain at the top of the corporate agenda, given a suite of proposed policies that would reframe how businesses grapple with ESG considerations. In this Insight, we provide a snapshot of the Labor Government's roadmap on ESG, and actions businesses can take now to prepare. ...

'Fiendishly difficult' – duty of care to impact more NSW building projects
Insight 03 Jun 2022

The recent Goodwin Street Developments decision provides much-needed guidance on the application of the statutory duty of care owed by builders (and certain building professionals) to property owners under section 37 of the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 . ...

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