Construction eBulletin - 25 January 2017

In another key decision involving security for payment adjudications, the NSW Court of Appeal unanimously confirmed that adjudications under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (Security of Payment Act) can only be set aside by a court if jurisdictional error is established.

In this eBulletin, we review the decision and look at what it means for principals, developers and contractors.  Read more...

Construction eBulletin - 16 January 2017

In December 2016, the High Court handed down its first-ever decision about how the security of payment legislation in Australia should be used to obtain payments. We take a look at the High Court's decision and clarify what it means for principals, developers and contractors.  Read more...

Construction Law eBulletin - 31 August 2016

Earlier this year, new legislation was introduced by the Victorian government which brings about changes to the regulation of building work in Victoria and aims to enhance consumer protection for domestic building work. We take a look at the changes that will come into effect on 1 September.  Read more...

Insurance eBulletin - 25 August 2016

The High Court has granted leave to appeal against a controversial decision of the NSW Court of Appeal, in which an adjudicator's finding that a reference date arose after a construction contract was terminated was held not to be appealable. The appeal will be the first security of payments case ever heard by the High Court.
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Construction Law eBulletin - 1 July 2016

Earlier this year the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 (Vic) was passed, which introduces a number of changes to the regulation of building work in Victoria and aims to enhance consumer protection for domestic building work. In this eBulletin, we discuss the coming changes.  Read more...

Construction Law eBulletin - 1 June 2016

Last week, the Victorian Court of Appeal confirmed that mediation is not a "method for resolving a dispute" under Victoria's Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2002. In this eBulletin, we look at the decision and its implications for parties to construction contracts in Victoria.  Read more...

Insurance eBulletin - 12 January 2016

2016 will see the Federal Court introduce a specialist insurance list and a Class Actions Practice Note aimed at streamlining the resolution of disputes in these areas. This eBulletin summarises the changes, including a preview of what the yet-to-be-released Practice Note is expected to include.  Read more...

Defamation eBulletin - 30 October 2015

The Supreme Court of South Australia has found that Google Inc is a publisher of, and therefore potentially liable for, defamatory content published in search result "snippets", auto-complete suggestions and even third party websites to which it provides hyperlinked search results.
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Dispute Resolution update - 28 August 2015

A recent decision by the Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal has confirmed that it remains possible for the parties involved in disciplinary proceedings to make joint submissions on the final orders to be made in relation to sanction.  Read more...

Competition Law update - 12 May 2015

On 1 May 2015, the Full Federal Court handed down a decision that will markedly affect the way regulatory enforcement matters may be "settled" by agreeing to a penalty with the regulator. The decision is likely to have significant implications for prosecutions brought by regulators including the ACCC, ASIC, the ATO and industrial and workplace regulators such as the Fair Work Ombudsman Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate.  Read more...

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