Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
Construction Law & Planning Law Weekly Bulletin
Monday 08 September 2014
What to Consider when Signing Contracts with Arbitration Clauses (Australian Readership) By Conjoint Professor Kim Lovegrove FAIB
This Sourceable article by one of our partners explains what you are signing up for when you have an arbitration clause in a contract. Arbitration is used a great deal in civil and commercial settings and performs a stellar role in cross jurisdictional major civil and commercial disputes. Nevertheless it has its limitations. When you read the article, if you have any thoughts on point, please incorporate them into the Sourceable commentary slot so that we can get some dialogue happening. Note that the full Souceable readership is 200,000.
Can You Extend an Expired Planning Permit in Victoria? (Victorian Readership) By Peter Micevski, construction and planning solicitor, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
Planning permits in Victoria, when granted, generally have a finite life. Planning permits typically stipulate that they will expire if the development does not start within twi years. In this week’s Bulletin Peter Micevski, Planning & Construction lawyer of Lovegrove Smith & Cotton, has written an insightful article on point.
When should a Builder Sue on an Unpaid Progress Payment Claim (Australian Readership) By Ms Blaise Alexander, Solicitor, Property, Construction and Planning Law, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
When considering whether to sue an owner or to issue a notice in respect of a progress payment claim, one needs to consider whether the grounds for such a claim are valid, and that such conduct will not result in unintentional and detrimental consequences for the builder. In this article Blaise Alexander sets out the stages of completion of building works and when to sue for payment or issue a default notice.
Owners’ Guide to Victorian Building Law & Building Contracts (Victorian Readership)
The “Owners’ Guide to Victorian Building Law & Building Contracts” is one of the most viewed resources in the Lovegrove Smith & Cotton E-Library. This book provides a holistic synopsis of Victorian building law and building contracts for Owners. Lovegrove Smith & Cotton have received tremendous feedback in regard to this book.
Builders Survival Training – Contract Administration Do’s & Don’ts(Australian Readership) By Conjoint Professor Kim Lovegrove FAIB
The article provides a clear and concise synopsis of contract administration protocols. The article covers major areas ranging from what type of contract to use, to variations, extensions of time, to even managing the relationship with the owner. This article is a must read for all builders and related parties.
Building Contract Administration 101 (Australian Readership) By Justin Cotton, Partner, Construction and Practitioner Advocacy, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton, Construction and Commercial Lawyers
Justin Cotton, partner and head of practitioner advocacy, gives a précis of the things to look out for in administering building contracts. It is invariably getting the simple things right that enable you as a builder to avoid contract disputation altogether, or to at least minimise the scope of a dispute. Getting the simple things right means good paperwork management.
The 4 Minute Film Building Contract Administration 101 (Antipodean Readership) By Justin Cotton, Partner, Construction and Practitioner Advocacy, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton, Construction and Commercial Lawyers
Mr. Justin Cotton‘s four minute film of the critical importance on contract administration is a beauty, hence the 1,300 views and climbing. Have a look, it’s all over in 4 minutes. The “devil is often in the details” if your contract rigours are sluggish.
Lovegrove Smith & Cotton’s E-Library is a free online resource of articles, which puts a wealth of information at your fingertips. The articles in the E- Library have been written by lawyers and a number of them have been published in the Australian, The Age and the Herald Sun. Some of the articles date back to the 1990’s.