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Procurement update – when can government abandon a procurement process and what are the consequences? Considerations from the UK
Insight 28 Jan 2020

The United Kingdom High Court (the Court) recently handed down its judgment in Amey Highways Ltd v West Sussex County Council, which considered the abandonment of a government procurement process following a breach of relevant procurement regulations by a public agency. For government departments and agencies in particular, this case clarifies when a public agency can abandon a procurement process and what remedies may be available to bidders in these circumstances. ...

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 ...

Draft South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2019-2024
Insight 11 Dec 2019

The Draft South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2019-2024 has been released for public consultation. The Strategy is supported by new koala habitat mapping. The Strategy and mapping have serious implications for landowners in koala habitat areas within a Koala Priority Area, who will be prevented from clearing their land except in very limited circumstances. We discuss these implications below and suggest that, at a minimum, landowners should review the mapping to ascertain whether their land is within a Koala Priority Area. ...

Healthcare trend watch 2019
Insight 09 Dec 2019

The healthcare team at Allens reports on some key trends and sectors to look out for in 2020. ...

Report: Australian Infrastructure Investment Report 2019
Insight 15 Nov 2019

Investor appetite for Australian infrastructure remains strong. However, to maintain our status as a leading infrastructure investment destination, we must address systemic issues that are adversely impacting the market, including cost overruns on major projects.  ...

Landlord and tenant rights and obligations to change under Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic)
Insight 05 Nov 2019

Landlords and tenants will see changes to their rights and compliance obligations under retail shop leases as a result of proposed amendments to the Building Act 1993 (Vic) (and regulations) ( ...

The proposed PNG strata title scheme – what will change?
Insight 25 Oct 2019

In a development that is especially relevant to property developers and financial institutions, draft legislation to introduce a Papua New Guinea strata title scheme has been released. ...

Developers should tread carefully following dramatic stamp duty changes in Victoria
Insight 05 Jun 2019

The Victorian Government has proposed amendments to the Duties Act 2000 Vic Duties Act which could have a dramatic impact on the stamp duty outcomes for development projects particularly for residential developments and other fee for service arrangements for real estate in Victoria Partner Craig ...

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