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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...

Australia Needs ‘Decennial’ Building Insurance

Australia Needs ‘Decennial’ Building Insurance

Taking out "decennial" building insurance where defects are fixed by all contractors at a building regardless of fault, could be the solution that protects Australian owners of apartments and units, construction experts say. In many countries including France, Belgium...

Building Products (Safety) Act

Building Products (Safety) Act

Introduction The Building Products (Safety) Act 2017 (NSW) (‘the Act’) was passed by the NSW Parliament and assented to on 30 November 2017 by the Governor. The Act comes after the tragic events of the Lacrosse fire in Victoria and the Grenfell Tower fire in London...

Unfair Contract Terms – ACCC v J Richardson & Sons

Unfair Contract Terms – ACCC v J Richardson & Sons

Introduction The recent decision from the Federal Court of Australia in ACCC v JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 1224 reinforced the Court’s position of protecting the interests of consumers who may be subject to unfair contract terms in small business...