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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 ...

Lag and loss: managing the impacts of delay in project delivery
Insight 04 Jun 2019

Three recent UK decisions highlight contractual mechanisms for managing aspects of risks associated with delay in project delivery. Projects Partner Leighton O'Brien considers the implications for projects in Australasia. Prevention is ...

Disputes as to the validity of an agreement - a matter for arbitration or the courts?
Insight 13 May 2019

A recent decision of the High Court confirms the scope of arbitration clauses that refer disputes 'under' a deed or agreement can be broad enough to capture disputes about the validity of the agreement.  Key takeaways The High Court has ...

ACCC 2019 Enforcement Priorities
Insight 28 Feb 2019

A number of industries and issues are in the spotlight following release of the ACCC's 2019 Enforcement and Compliance Priorities by Chairman Rod Sims on 26 February. The financial services, energy, telecommunications, commercial ...

Market-led proposals - still a unique opportunity
Insight 02 Oct 2018

In brief: Australia has seen a significant increase in market-led proposals for infrastructure projects. This is having an important effect on how government interacts with the private sector, with all states and territories having ...

Certainty to return to Aboriginal cultural heritage in Queensland
Insight 03 Sep 2018

Project proponents and operators in Queensland can breathe a sigh of relief following the introduction of a Bill to restore certainty and validity to agreements for the management of Aboriginal cultural heritage in that state. The Bill ...

Build-to-rent - structures for success
Insight 24 Aug 2018

While it is an established asset class offshore, particularly the US and UK, the build-to-rent market in Australia is in its infancy. For build-to-rent to become an established asset class in Australia, social, legal, tax and broader ...

New reporting requirements for critical infrastructure
Insight 04 Jun 2018

New reporting requirements for critical infrastructure require the lodgement of information on the Register of Critical Infrastructure Assets before 11 January 2019. This is the time for owners and operators of Australian infrastructure to ...

Construction contracts and the new 'ipso facto' insolvency reforms
Insight 01 Jun 2018

New insolvency legislation that is designed to provide greater opportunities to restructure failing businesses, both before and during external administration, has recently been passed. The reforms restrict the enforcement of contractual ...

Comments open for North East Link EES scoping requirements
Insight 31 May 2018

The draft scoping requirements for the proposed North East Link project's Environment Effects Statement have been released and are open for public comment until 12 June 2018. Partner Jillian Button and Lawyer Dale Straughen report. ESS ...

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