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Navigating Construction Sites amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Navigating Construction Sites amid COVID-19 Pandemic

There is no doubt that the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak (COVID-19) has affected countless industries and has severely impacted the economy as a whole. The building and construction industry is no exception. In the midst of current economic uncertainty, it is crucial...

Is a Verbal Instruction Enough for a Building Contract?

Is a Verbal Instruction Enough for a Building Contract?

Futurepower Developments Pty Ltd v TJ & RF Fordham Pty Ltd t/as TRN Group Strict compliance with contractual obligations is a sure way to ensure both parties receive their fair side of an agreed bargain.  The reality in the building and construction industry is...

Security of Payment Reform – Statutory Cascading Trusts

Security of Payment Reform – Statutory Cascading Trusts

Are cascading trusts the future of the building and construction industry? “The introduction of a deemed statutory trust will compliment the security of payment laws and better protect vulnerable parties within the industry.” In August 2012, the NSW Government...

Closing the Gap: Decennial Liability Insurance

Closing the Gap: Decennial Liability Insurance

The Solution to the Strata Living Crisis in NSW Our principal solicitor, Jessica Rippon, has recently had her thesis “Closing the Gap: Decennial Liability Insurance – The Solution to the Strata Living Crisis in New South Wales” published in the Building and...

Combustible Cladding. What You Need to Know

Combustible Cladding. What You Need to Know

What Do Owners Corporations Need to Know?As a consequence of the Grenfell fire in London, the Lacrosse fire in Melbourne and the recent Neo 200 Complex fire in Melbourne, the New South Wales State Government has implemented reforms to the Environmental Planning &...

Building Defects in High Rise Strata Schemes

Building Defects in High Rise Strata Schemes

What Can An Owners Corporation Do?Following the events of Opal Towers, and Mascot Towers some say that New South Wales is currently in a strata building crisis. The stakes are high, not just financially, but also the risk of safety and well being of residents.The Opal...

Security of Payments Act Amendments – October 2019

Security of Payments Act Amendments – October 2019

INTRODUCTION The New South Wales State Government have confirmed that on 21 October 2019 new amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (Act) will take effect. The amendments will affect all contracts entered after 21 October...