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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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Worker's Liens: what to keep in mind when registering a lien

Posted on September 10, 2018

There’s nothing worse than finishing up your work and then having an argument about getting paid. That’s when a worker’s lien can be helpful and help you get paid for work done and materials supplied.

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Beware the unlicensed builder

Posted on September 10, 2018

Licensed builders A person must be licensed as a building work contractor if they want to undertake building work for a client (this…

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