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ACCC 2020 Enforcement Priorities
Insight 26 Feb 2020

A number of industries and issues are in the spotlight following release of the ACCC's 2020 Enforcement and Compliance Priorities by Chairman Rod Sims on 25 February. ...

Amendments to the Retail and Commercial Leases Act 1995 (SA): what does this mean for you?
Insight 06 Feb 2020

The Retail and Commercial Leases (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2019 (the Act) was assented to on 19 December 2019. The Act significantly amends the existing legislation governing retail shop leases and commercial tenancies in South Australia. For both landlord and tenants, understanding how the Act affects your compliance obligations is vital. We examine some of the key amendments below. ...

Proposed changes to NSW Independent Planning Commission – major reform or tweaking around the edges?
Insight 04 Feb 2020

The NSW Government has announced 'major reforms' to the Independent Planning Commission, following a review by the NSW Productivity Commission. While the reforms are a step in the right direction, ...

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. ...

Real estate M&A and industry review
Insight 28 Jan 2020

The real estate industry continues to evolve in a technology focused world, unlocking new REITs (real estate investment trusts) and investment opportunities. Against a backdrop of low bond yields, easing monetary policy and global volatility, our real estate sector M&A experts share insights and consider what opportunities lay ahead for the real estate Mergers and Acquisitions sector. ...

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 ...

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

A review of the key trends in the healthcare sector throughout 2019 provides a clear picture of what to expect in the year ahead. On the investment front, opportunities abound across multiple and ...

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