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Jin Yi Construction Pty Ltd v Romeciti Eastwood Pty Ltd [2022] NSWSC 56

When is a purchaser in an off the plan sale entitled to terminate its contract? The Supreme Court of NSW declared earlier this year in Jin Yi Construction Pty Ltd v Romeciti Eastwood Pty Ltd [2022] NSWSC 56 that the purchaser of a commercial strata unit was entitled to rescind the contract, and ordered the …
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Rise and Fall Clauses in Construction Contracts

Rise and fall clauses have been largely overlooked in the Australian construction industry for over two decades. Interest has picked up in recent months due to rapid increases in materials prices. As we re-enter an inflationary environment, legal practitioners and Contractors should learn about or refresh their knowledge of rise and fall clauses and consider …
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Modern slavery obligations: a Commonwealth and NSW perspective

Background On 1 January 2019, the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (“Commonwealth Act”) came into effect and established a national modern slavery reporting requirement. However, this Commonwealth Act had two key inconsistencies in the reporting requirements with the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (“NSW Act”) as follows: the NSW Act reporting threshold was initially $50 …
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You’re dismissed…or maybe not: when a demotion may not amount to a dismissal

In a recent decision, the Fair Work Commission Full Bench (FWCFB), in considering the meaning of “dismissal” under section 386 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), has found that a 10% salary reduction did not amount to a dismissal. Following an investigation into allegations of misconduct, NSW Trains took disciplinary action against …
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Dealing with ipso-facto clauses and step in rights in construction insolvencies

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What you need to know The construction industry is currently experiencing a high number of insolvencies. Various moratoria arise on a builder entering into external administration which can impact upon the rights that can be exercised by developers, sub-contractors and suppliers. Amongst other restrictions, this includes prohibitions on counterparties taking advantage of ipso facto clauses …
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