Construction, Infrastructure and Engineering

FKP Commercial Developments Pty Ltd v Zurich Australian Insurance Limited [2022] FCA 862 - What are “professional services”?

Posted on June 09, 2023

The recent decision of Justice Jagot in FKP Commercial Developments Pty Ltd v Zurich Australian Insurance Limited [2022] FCA 862 is a good…

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Get it in writing so you can get paid for variations!

Posted on March 09, 2022

Variations are an area where disputes often arise. Commonly the owner refuses to pay the builder for variations which have been raised late…

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Can I access adjoining land for the performance of building work?

Posted on August 27, 2021

Builders and owners often require access to land adjoining a building site in order to carry out work. For example: to do external…

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You’ve Been Served… Or Have You?

Posted on August 19, 2021

Sub-contractors and head contractors should be familiar with the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Act). For…

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Shortages of Materials and Trades – Builders Be Ready

Posted on July 27, 2021

With the significant amount of construction work being done in South Australia at the moment, (because of the Federal HomeBuilder grant),…

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Material price increases – can I pass on costs to my client?

Posted on July 07, 2021

In the residential building industry, an explosion in demand for new homes and renovations supercharged by the Federal Government’s…

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Where there’s an intention, there’s a way – When can ambiguous dispute resolution clauses turn from vague to void?

Posted on April 28, 2021

Tesseract International Pty Ltd v Pascale Construction Pty Ltd [2021] SASCA 8 In the recent decision of Tesseract International Pty Ltd v…

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The impact of the Coronavirus on the construction industry: what to do to avoid or mitigate delay costs

Posted on March 13, 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread from its epicentre in Wuhan, China at an alarming rate such that the World Health Organisation has…

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Problems facing unlicensed builders and suing in quantum meruit

Posted on November 05, 2019

The 2018 Adelaide Magistrates’ Court decision of Marisha Nominees Pty Ltd & Anor v Daw [2018] SAMC 12 (Daw) (upheld on appeal to the…

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Are we there yet? Practical completion and handover

Posted on September 10, 2018

Practical Completion can be tricky to navigate. The contract will usually specify a finish date when the building work is to be complete,…

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