Are you involved in an adjudication which is current over the Christmas period?

Just a reminder that the non-working days under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 run from 24 December 2019 to 5 January 2020 inclusive. This means, Monday 23 December 2019 is the last working day this year with time recommencing on Monday, 6 January 2020.*

Our office will also close on Tuesday 24 December 2019 and reopen on 6 January 2020.

Wishing you all a happy holiday season from the team at Building Disputes Tribunal.

*the non-working days extend until the close of 15 January 2019 for any processes under sections 71B, 74 or 75 of the Act. This covers procedures for seeking review of a determination in the District Court, the time for opposing entry of a judgment in the District Court, and the time a determination will be entered as a judgment if the defendant takes no steps.

Experts’ duties and conflicting interests – Secretariat Consulting Pte Ltd v A Company

By Belinda Green. Experts may look to amend their terms of engagement, as the English Court of Appeal finds a conflict of interest clause applied to a global brand, despite involving separate experts in different locations, contracting via separate legal entities....

Payment Claims: using Xero to send out your invoices? Don’t forget the important notice

By Catherine Green.   Do you use Xero to send out your invoices? Make sure they are compliant payment claims under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (Act). The default payment regime under the Act is an efficient and effective way of getting your invoices paid....

The Award of Enforcement Costs under the Construction Contracts Act 2002

By Melissa Lin and Nashi Ali. Payees intending to recover costs from payers during the course of legal proceedings may want to reconsider issuing a statutory demand in the first instance and seek an adjudicator’s determination instead. Cubo Projects Ltd v S&S...

When will (and won’t) implied warranties expand the scope of works?

By Maria Cole. The New South Wales Court of Appeal confirms statutory warranties can expand a scope of works, but the bargain that has been agreed to still holds sway. Oikos Constructions Pty Limited v Ostin [2020] NSWCA 358 (Oikos Constructions) In Oikos...

Bought a house – got problems – no one wants to know?

Author: Hannah Stanley, Building Disputes Tribunal Registrar As a homeowner, discovering structural defects in your home is the last thing you want and most wonder where to go from there in terms of their rights and how to remedy the situation. The Courts are often a...

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Introduction When a dispute over defective building work turns ugly, the owner is sometimes tempted to refuse the builder the opportunity of returning to rectify the defects.  There are risks in this course.  This update considers a recent NSW Supreme Court decision...

Case In-Brief: Hybrid contracts and the payment provisions of the Construction Act

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A brief introduction to Adjudication

What is adjudication? Adjudication is a unique fast track statutory dispute resolution process or resolving building and construction disputes under the Act. It is the most commonly used dispute resolution process for resolving such disputes. Adjudication is quick and...