Australia, Japan hydrogen cooperation agreement offers glimpse of industry potential

Australia’s first modern slavery statements are due this year: are you ready?

If your business is caught by the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act), you may have your first modern slavery statement due this year.

24 January 2020

Addressing foreign influence – Draft ATO ruling on the limited tax exemptions for foreign pension funds and sovereign entities

On 4 December 2019, the Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) released a draft law companion ruling, LCR 2019/D4 (“Draft Ruling”), which clarifies his view on the “influence” test under...

10 December 2019

New requirements for “Off the Plan” conveyancing

On 1 December 2019 new provisions contained within the Conveyancing Legislation Amendment Act 2018 and associated Regulations came into effect. The new laws require a vendor of residential...

04 December 2019

Reporting Obligations for Commonwealth Building Code Covered Entities

Recent media reports suggest that the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is facing increasing pressure to investigate builders subject to the national building code who do not...

26 November 2019

NSW Parliamentary Inquiry recommends reforms to building laws

On 13 November 2019, the New South Wales Parliament’s Legislative Council Public Accountability Committee released an interim report into its Parliamentary Inquiry into the regulation of building standards,...

21 November 2019

Are you in substantial breach of your contract? Unauthorised subcontracting & failing to appoint a Superintendent

Two recent decisions of the New South Wales and Queensland Court of Appeal come as a reminder to carefully consider your contractual obligations or risk being in substantial...

19 November 2019

Government moves to restrict inappropriate Foreign Interference in Australian Universities

The Government continues to hold deep concerns about foreign interference in Australia. Recent issues about influence on academic research are being addressed with new guidelines for the...

18 November 2019

Key insight into claim on Warranty & Indemnity insurance

The Supreme Court of Victoria has considered whether an insured buyer under a warranty and indemnity (W&I) policy is entitled to indemnity from an insurer in circumstances where...

13 November 2019

The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters: A Game-Changer?

The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters (Convention) has been described as a “game-changer” in international dispute settlement.

31 October 2019

Provision of security is an ongoing obligation

The Supreme Court of Queensland recently considered whether a builder was obliged to provide replacement security in circumstances where the security previously provided had expired.

28 October 2019

Security of payment: the “pay now, argue later” attitude continues

In the recent decision of Sandvik Mining and Construction Australia Pty Ltd v Fisher [2019] WASC 352, the Supreme Court of Western Australia considered an application to prevent...

17 October 2019

High Court changes the position on Quantum Meruit in Mann v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 32

On 9 October 2019, the High Court of Australia published their reasons in the much awaited decision in Mann v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 32, a...

14 October 2019

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