Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
Construction Law & Planning Law Weekly Bulletin/h2>
Monday 12 May 2014
What is a Construction Certificate & When Do I need one? (NSW readership) By Jarrod Gutsa, construction and planning lawyer at Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
In this week’s bulletin Jarrod Gutsa, construction lawyer of Lovegrove Smith & Cotton looks at when a Construction Certificate is required. The article provides a short synopsis of when a Construction Certificate is required for building work in New South Wales. To access the article please click here.
Don’t let OH&S Penalties collapse on your business! (Victorian readership) By Peter Micevski, Solicitor Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
In the wake of recent construction site tragedies in Victoria, the Victorian Government has heightened its expectations of construction industry participants regarding safety. This has been best displayed by the severe penalties that are being imposed on construction companies by the Courts after the construction companies have been successfully prosecuted for breaches under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). This article sheds light on the gravity of the consequences if a construction company waives its OH&S obligations and sets out a plan of attack for dealing with charges made under the Act. Please click here to read this article by Peter Micevski, solicitor.
Nine Ways to Fix Building Regulation in Victoria (Victorian readership) By Justin Cotton, Partner and head of practitioner advocacy at Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
The Building Act is still in need of renovation, a bit reminiscent of a partially completed project with a number of significant touches still to be applied. There are also a number of regulatory issues to be tackled and Mr. Justin Cotton, one of the leading building regulatory lawyers in Australia has a few ideas on how to apply the finishing touches. To gain his insights please click here to access this Sourceable article. If you wish to comment on Justin’s article, put your comments into the sourceable commentary slot as they will add to the conversation and may be of use to policy makers.
What to Watch for? A Builder’s Guide to Using Contracts and Avoiding the Pitfalls (Victorian Readership) By Justin Cotton, Partner and head of practitioner advocacy at Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
It makes sense to do the simple things well with paperwork, as the simple things can make all the difference between getting paid and going without. Justin Cotton, partner in construction and head of practitioner advocacy, has an informative article on how to manage such things as variations and extension of time claims in the standard HIA domestic building contract, how to complete the contract at the outset in regard to progress payments and provisional sums, and the common traps to be wary of in contracts. Click here to access Justin’s article.
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