Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
Construction Law & Planning Law Weekly Bulletin
Monday 26 May 2014
Nine Tips for Successful Dispute Negotiation (International Readership) By Conjoint Professor Kim Lovegrove FAIB
The attached article on tips for negotiation is written by one of our partners with nearly 30 years experience in dispute resolution. The negotiation maxims are an extrapolation of lessons learned over the decades. The article has a “broad church” application, even a family lawyer in the United States upon reading the article commented on linked in that the maxims apply equally within the context of family law. Ironical, really, because the article by Conjoint Professor Kim Lovegrove, FAIB was fashioned for a commercial dispute resolution setting and readership. To read his article on Sourceable, please click here.
Rectification Orders Part 1: Game changer or much the same? (Victorian Readership) By Peter Micevski, solicitor, Lovegrove, Smith & Cotton
The first part of this 3-part article focuses on the introduction of a new species to Victorian domestic building, rectification orders. In July 2014, the Building Act 1993 will implement the concept of rectification orders and this may have the effect to totally change the game in the domestic building industry. If you are a building professional in the domestic building space, we recommend that you tune in and get your head around rectification orders as they could in fact be a ‘game-changer’. Please click here to read Peter Micevski’s article.
Changes to the Builders Warranty Insurance Scheme in Victoria (Victorian Readership) By Jarrod Gutsa, Construction Lawyer Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
There have been recent significant reforms to building law in Victoria. On 8 May 2014 the Building Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (“the Bill”) was moved in its second reading speech in the lower house. The bill changes the ‘lay of the land’ in regard to many areas of building law in Victoria and is over 400 pages long. This article will focus entirely upon the changes to Builders Warranty Insurance in Victoria. Please click here to read Jarrod Gutsa‘s article.
Basics of Becoming a Standard Business Sponsor(Australian and International Readership) By Blaise Alexander, Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent, and Immigration Lawyer, Lovegrove Smith and Cotton
The Temporary Work (skilled) (subclass 457) visa application process involves a nomination stage and a visa application stage. The nomination stage involves the employer nominating a position within the business, and the visa application stage requires the potential employee demonstrate the required skills and/or experience for the position. If you are a business seeking to employ skilled workers from outside Australia you must become an approved sponsor. To read Blaise Alexander’s article, please click here.
Compulsory Contracts of Engagement for Council Certifiers: What are the Ramifications? (NSW readership) By Justin Cotton, Partner, Construction and Practitioner Advocacy, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton, Construction and Commercial Lawyers
Controversy has arisen for building certification in New South Wales, with the advent of compulsory contracts of engagement for Council accredited certifiers. Justin Cotton, partner and head of practitioner advocacy examines here some of the pros and cons and discusses some of the preliminary concerns. Click here to access Justin’s timely article.
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. To access please click here
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