Legal Updates

National Site Contamination Assessment Guidelines Amended

The Standing Council of Environment and Water has officially approved an amendment to the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure (ASC NEPM). The amendment, which was approved on 11 April 2013 supports the ASC NEPM’s aim to ‘provide adequate protection of human health and the environment, where site contamination has occurred, through the…

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On-selling Electricity – new laws commence

Landlords, do you on-sell electricity to your tenants?  Property managers, do you on-sell electricity to tenants on behalf of landlords? If you answer yes to one of these questions, laws commencing on 1 February 2013 place new requirements on you. What is happening? If you on-sell electricity to tenants, you will need to register with…

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Shall we BIM…

Building Information modelling (BIM) has been described as many things from: a tool to cut down on rework, improve productivity, and assist with clash deletion; to a minefield of liability. Whatever your view of BIM, it is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. By its nature, BIM is a collaborative process used…

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Poor contract drafting – a critical and expensive lesson

The Supreme Court of South Australia has provided a critical reminder to the construction industry regarding the importance of obtaining competent legal advice prior to entering into a construction contract. The decision relates to the case of Alstom Ltd v Yokogawa Australia Pty Limited & Anor (no. 7). This case resulted in disaster for Alstom,…

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Why do I need a Confidentiality Agreement (or “NDA”)?

The law allows registration of certain intellectual property rights – by way of patents, registered designs, plant breeders variety rights, circuit board layouts, copyright and so on. Each separate “system” has its own peculiarities of course but in essence, these regimes are designed to grant monopoly rights over novel expressions. However, they do not protect…

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