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Security of Payment Update: Mediation clause found not to be a ‘method of resolving disputes’ - May 2016

The Court of Appeal has today clarified that a contractual provision mandating attendance at mediation prior to litigation is not a ‘method of resolving disputes’ for the purpose of s10A(3)(d)(ii) of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) (Act).

Impacts of insolvency on construction projects - Aug 2015

The insolvency of one of the principals, contractors or subcontractors can seriously impact a construction project at all levels of the supply chain. Infrastructure and Projects partner, Ted Williams looks at the issue and some practical thoughts on drafting contracts to help mitigate these risks.

Australian Infrastructure Projects - Aug 2015

Infrastructure projects worth over AUD$50 billion are currently being planned in Australia, representing a major opportunity for participants in the infrastructure and construction industries. Partner, Tania Zordan outlines some of the major projects being run across states and territories.

Global Infrastructure Hub moves to operational phase in Sydney - Aug 2015

New South Wales will play a significant role in global infrastructure by hosting the Global Infrastructure Hub (Hub). The arrival of its CEO in Sydney earlier this month will shift the tone of the Hub to a more operational phase moving forward. Sydney is the ideal location, given the NSW government’s current mandate to invest $20b in infrastructure and encouragement of private sector investment and participation. Partner, Tania Zordan discusses the Hub's status below.

SOP Act decision clarifies scope for judicial review of adjudication determination after entry of judgment - Aug 2015

The decision in Amasya Enterprises Pty Ltd & Anor v Asta Developments (Aust) Pty Ltd & Anor [2015] VSC 233 (2 June 2015) clarifies that s28R(5) of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) does not prohibit the judicial review of an adjudication determination on grounds of jurisdictional error. Associate, Pei Yau looks at the decision.

Updates on the principles applicable to attempts to restrain recourse to unconditional bank guarantees - Jul 2015

Partner, Megan Calder and Associate, Pei Yau review a number of recent cases that have all considered issues relating to attempts to restrain recourse to unconditional bank guarantees.

Global Infrastructure Hub - March update - Mar 2015

Since our previous update in January 2015, which can be viewed here, further progress has been made in establishing the Global Infrastructure Hub. The race is on for the Hub to become operational in time to secure deliverables at the Leaders' Summit in Antalya, Turkey on 15-16 November 2015. Partner, Tania Zordan provides an update on the project's progress.

Update on the Sydney Global Infrastructure Hub - Jan 2015

As advised in our recent alert, which can be viewed here, the Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders announced at the end of their two-day summit in Brisbane in November that an integral part of their plan to raise global growth by increasing investment in infrastructure would be the establishment of a Global Infrastructure Hub in Sydney. Partner, Tania Zordan provides an update on the project's progress.

Sydney to become Global Infrastructure Hub - Dec 2014

Ambitious infrastructure projects are a key area of focus for business in Australia. This was boosted by the G20 Leaders' endorsement, on 16 November 2014, of the establishment of a global infrastructure hub in Sydney, making Sydney central to global infrastructure projects. Partner, Tania Zordan reports on the establishment of the new hub.

Construction industry beware: Court overturns long stop interpretation of s134 of the Building Act 1993 - Aug 2014

A recent decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal in Brirek Industries Pty Ltd v McKenzie Group Consulting (Vic) Pty Ltd [2014] VSCA 165 has clarified that the limitation period for building actions is 10 years from the issue of the occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection regardless of whether the action is brough in contract or tort. Partner, Megan Calder and Associate, Pei Yau, discuss the implications of this decision.

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