Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
Construction Law & Planning Law Weekly Bulletin
Monday 28 April 2014
Breaching Copyright in Building Plans and Designs: Beware the Fallout(Australian Readership) By Justin Cotton, Partner, Construction and Practitioner Advocacy, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton, construction and commercial lawyers
If you have done the design work, the last thing you want is to discover that a customer who did not use your building services is now building the same or a similar home elsewhere with someone else. This week Justin Cotton, Partner in Construction and Practitioner Advocacy, looks at the vexed matter of what to do about misuse by others of your building plans and designs. Click here to access the article by Justin.
When do you need a Building Permit in Victoria? (Victorian Readership) By Jarrod Gutsa, construction and planning lawyer at Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
With the new craze of DIY renovations fueled by popular TV programs such as “The Block”, it is essential that one knows when a building permit is required. Jarrod Gutsa, construction and planning lawyer of Lovegrove Smith & Cotton has written a pertinent article that examines when a building permit is required in Victoria. Please click here to view the article.
Investment or handcuffs: Issues to do with Property Interests in New Zealand (NZ and International readership) By Peter Micevski, construction and planning lawyer, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton co-authored by Stephen Smith
This article provides an overview of buying leasehold property in New Zealand. Peter Michevski, construction and planning lawyer, explores the potential risks associated by investing in this manner. To access this article, please click here.
Fire Engineers, Models and Hired Guns (Australian readership) By Conjoint Professor Kim Lovegrove, FAIB
The Brazilian night club tragedy that claimed over 230 lives serves a grim reminder of how crucial fire regulations are in the building regulatory paradigm. Conjoint Professor Kim Lovegrove, FAIB presented a paper to the Annual Fire Protection Association of Australia’s National Conference in 2011. The paper discusses the ticklish relationship between private certification, performance based building codes and fire regulations. We commend the paper to anyone in the engineering or building surveying professions and it can be accessed by clicking here.
The Beginner’s Guide to Making a Payment Claim under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) by Mr. Peter Micevski, construction and planning lawyer (NSW readership)
The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) is the primary legislative instrument regulating payment practices in the industry. The Act promotes the flow of progress payments by providing a statutory right for progress payments and a mechanism to quickly and fairly resolve disputes.
For contractors, subcontractors, consultants or suppliers involved in a construction project it is the ‘ace of spades’ that can be used to ensure payments owing to them a paid to them promptly. This article is a beginner’s guide to navigate through the Act, click here to access it.
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