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Posted Jan 30, 2020 Combustible Cladding Update 2020
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THE CHALLENGE OF INNOVATION Innovation in building design and materials has led to combustible cladding being used on the external walls of many Australian medium and high-rise buildings.  However, fires in Melbourne ‘s Lacrosse building (November 2014), London’s Grenfell Tower in June 2017 and the Neo fire In Melbourne (February 2019) have revealed the latent…

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Posted Dec 10, 2019 “Are we there yet?” Release of First Report of NSW Inquiry into Regulation of Building Standards, Building Quality and Building Disputes
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On 4 July 2019 a Parliamentary Inquiry was established by the NSW Government as part of the Government’s reform initiatives to report on the regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes. On 13 November 2019 an Interim Report was issued by the Public Accountability Committee1 making 19 recommendations each of which are dealt…

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Posted Nov 26, 2019 “Delay Dismay” New Supreme Court Case on Construction Delays
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Case note: White Constructions Pty Ltd v PBS Holdings Pty Ltd [2019] NSWSC 1166 Delay and disruption in construction disputes often require detailed expert analysis to prove the effects on a project of a qualifying cause of delay. In preparing expert analysis, experts commonly use one of the methods set out in the Society of…

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Posted Nov 14, 2019 Regulation Overhaul for Certifiers
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As part of the overhaul of the building and construction industry, the NSW Government have released the draft Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2019¹ (draft Regulation). The draft Regulation is needed in order to bring the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 (the Act) into force. The Act and draft Regulation are intended to simplify and strengthen the…

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Posted Nov 07, 2019 “How Much is Your Work Worth?” High Court revisits Quantum Meruit
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Quantum Meruit revisited After a period of uncertainty, a recent High Court decision has provided some clarity in relation to the principles of quantum meruit. In a decision of the High Court delivered 9 October 2019 in the matter of Peter Mann & Anor v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 32¹, a majority of the…

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