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15 October, 2014

Commercial Construction and a Duty of Care

Brookfield Multiplex Ltd v Owners Corporation Strata Plan 61288 HCA 36The High Court of Australia has unanimously held that Brookfield Multiplex Ltd (Brookfield) did not owe a duty of care to prevent economic loss suffered by the Owners Corporation in a strata-titled complex it constructed. Brookfield was in fact not liable to…
17 September, 2014

Asbestos Register

If you are in management or control of a workplace, then you must keep an asbestos register – a document that lists all identified or assumed asbestos in a workplace. If asbestos has been identified and you do not have a register, then penalties of up to $18,000 may apply.1 The…
10 April, 2014

The PPSA and Equipment on Site

The Personal Properties and Securities Act (2009) (Cth) (PPSA) is a law about security-interests which applies to all personal-property Australia wide. The PPSA has created a national register over security interest called the Personal Property and Securities Register (PPSR). The PPSR has replaced over 70 national registers which previously dealt…
19 December, 2013

Defects liability – How long am I liable?

Limitations on claims for breach of Statutory Warranties under the Home Building Act Contractors who undertake residential building work now carry the risk of multiple claims for defects for a period of seven years from completion of the works. Recent amendments to the Home Building Act 1989 NSW (“the HBA”)…