Yearly Archives: 2016

In the recent decision of Queensland Building and Construction Commission v Marshall & Ors [2016] QSC 200, the Queensland Supreme Court has determined that certifiers are not immune from recovery of payments made under the QBCC Statutory Insurance Scheme. Background Vynian Pty Ltd, the owner of land at Brendale, entered into a contract with Nolimit […]

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Schools Plus is a charity set up in 2013 to deliver philanthropic support to schools in disadvantaged communities. It works with donors and schools to give students in need the opportunities that make a real difference to their education and their lives. Its latest initiative, called the Pioneers in Philanthropy, is a collaboration between some […]

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As part of the regulation of Queensland’s building industry, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) administers a home warranty scheme to provide insurance cover for residential construction work in Queensland.  Such is governed by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (Qld) (QBCC Act). Recently various regulatory reforms have been made to the […]

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Historically, Courts have been disinclined, in the absence of a negligent act of an organisation, to make the organisation liable for a deliberate wrongful or criminal act of its employee. The recent decision of the High Court in Prince Alfred College Incorporated v ADC [2016] HCA 37 has provided some guidance on the circumstances in […]

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The purpose of this Newsletter is to provide government lawyers with a digestible and relevant snapshot of current news, case law and legislation. We intend it to be a useful resource for government lawyers.

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In recent years we have seen an increase in the amount of damages typically awarded by courts and tribunals in employment related litigation. We discuss this trend in our recent video. A trend towards increasing damages If we go back to 2014 and look at the case of Richardson v Oracle (1) we saw that […]

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Introduction In the recent decision of Façade Treatment Engineering Pty Ltd (in liq) v Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd [2016] VSCA 247, the Victorian Court of Appeal has confirmed that companies in liquidation cannot use the Victorian security of payment legislation to recover progress payments. The Court also provided valuable guidance on the form and […]

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Our Adelaide Property team, led by Partner Sian Rees, has advised Adelaide Airport Limited on its recently announced deal to build a $50 million hotel adjacent to the Airport terminal. Construction of the Atura-branded hotel is expected to start in April next year, ahead of an opening in late 2018. Atura is operated by Event […]

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On 12 November 2016, amendments to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth) and Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (Australian Consumer Law) commence which invalidate unfair terms in small business contracts.  Our previous alert on the change to unfair contract terms legislation is available here. A contract is […]

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The purpose of this newsletter is to provide government lawyers with a digestible and relevant snapshot of current news, case law and legislation. We intend it to be a useful resource for government lawyers. With this in mind, we welcome feedback or suggestions for areas of interest at any time. View PDF below to load newsletter.

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