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Monthly Archives: March 2022

Case Note: Equa Building Services Pty Ltd v A&H Floors 2 Doors Australia Pty Ltd [2022] NSWSC 152

The recent Supreme Court decision in Equa Building Services Pty Ltd v A&H Floors 2 Doors Australia Pty Ltd [2022] NSWSC 152 (Equa) has re-emphasised the importance of strict compliance with the provisions of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (Act). In particular: contractors and subcontractors must ensure that construction …
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Tranche II Building Reform Proposals

The NSW Government has tabled proposed amendments to key construction laws, including the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (SOPA) and the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (DBPA), which it refers to as the Tranche II building reforms. On Wednesday 23 February 2022, a roundtable discussion between the NSW …
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The addition of absolute discretion in EOT clauses – No notices – no extensions of time

The New South Wales Supreme Court’s decision in Growthbuilt Pty Ltd v Modern Touch Marble & Granite Pty Ltd [2021] NSWSC 290 (Growthbuilt) has extremely significant implications regarding extension of time (EOT) clauses. Contractors and legal practitioners must take note of this momentous decision. Implications for contractors The key takeaway from Growthbuilt is that a …
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Employee or Contractor?: the High Court decides

The High Court of Australia (HCA) handed down two major decisions that highlight the importance of getting contractual terms correct and how those terms can determine the nature of the relationship. In the two decisions, the HCA makes clear that where the terms of the parties’ relationship are comprehensively committed to a written contract, (and …
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