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New changes aim to improve cash flow for suppliers to government post COVID-19
Insight 11 Oct 2021

Businesses supplying goods or services to the Federal Government need to be aware that they may need to modify their procurement processes to support shorter subcontractor payment time periods, under recent changes to federal procurement policies. ...

WA Government passes Security of Payment reforms
Insight 23 Jun 2021

The statutory right to receive payment claimed and the rapid adjudication process, amongst other changes introduced by the Building and Construction (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (WA) (Act), will govern construction contracts entered into after commencement of the Act. ...

Internal emails, multiple recipients and the question of privilege
Insight 09 Dec 2020

The recent decision of TEC Hedland Pty Ltd v The Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd indicates that, for the purpose of assessing whether privilege can be claimed, multi-addressee emails will be considered as a number of separate communications between the sender and each recipient. ...

NSW turns up heat on developers of residential apartment buildings
Insight 12 Jun 2020

The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (NSW) has passed. For developers of residential apartment buildings, we take a look at the key changes and outline the actions you should take next. ...

NSW reforms to fix building defects – potential for indeterminate liability?
Insight 12 Jun 2020

The NSW Government has enacted new legislation imposing new obligations on design practitioners, engineers and builders and sees a fundamental shift in the relationship between these practitioners and owners as part of its reforms to the building industry. For all owners, builders and designers, we examine these changes and outline steps you can take now. ...

The WTO decision against Australia – what the law on paper might mean in practice
Insight 31 Jan 2020

At a time when global powers continue to test international trade rules, a World Trade Organization decision involving Australian tariffs on Indonesian A4 copy paper highlights some of the key legal issues that caused tension between international trading partners in 2019. ...

Connected infrastructure
Insight 30 Jan 2020

Both the Sydney population and the population of Melbourne are expected to reach the size of New York City by 2050, raising questions about how our cities of the future will function. ...

When performance is personal – the hazards of subcontracting without consent
Insight 17 Dec 2019

A recent NSW Court of Appeal decision emphasises the importance of contractors complying with contractual requirements to obtain the principal's approval before subcontracting services or works. Failure to do so may disentitle the contractor from claiming payment for services that the unauthorised subcontractors have provided. However, the case leaves open whether it may be possible for a contractor to recover the cost of unauthorised subcontracted services in restitution based on a quantum meruit claim, or on the basis of an unenforceable penalty. ...

NSW looks to hold builders and designers liable to current – and future – property owners for defective works
Insight 13 Dec 2019

Legislation focusing on imposing new obligations on design consultants and builders was recently introduced to the NSW Parliament. Importantly, the Design and Building Practitioners Bill creates a statutory duty of care owed by builders, and others, for economic loss for defects in construction serv ...

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