Construction



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Rintoul, David
Clarkslegal LLP
drintoul@clarkslegal.com


Mead, Patrick
Carter Newell
pmead@carternewell.com


Construction


Come 1 July 2018, Queensland will see the repeal of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) and the Subcontractors' Charges Act 1974 (Qld). Instead, Queensland will operate under a single consolidated piece of security of payment legislation called the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act (BIF).  

Read more: Security of Payment in Queensland, Australia - The changes are on your doorstep...


The Sectoral Employment Order (Construction Sector) 2017, which was signed into law on 19 October 2017, fixes statutory minimum pay, unsocial hours’ payments, pension entitlements, sick-pay entitlements and dispute resolution procedures for various categories of workers in Building Firms and Civil Engineering Firms. What constitutes a Building Firm or a Civil Engineering Firm is defined in the Order.

Read more: New Legally Binding Terms of Employment for Workers in the Irish Construction Sector


Author: Patrick Mead, Partner

It is not uncommon on major building projects for scratching to glass panes or panels to be observed pre-practical completion (or during the defects liability period), and a question can thus arise as to whether contract works policies are likely to respond to indemnify the project participants with respect to damage of this nature.

This damage is often caused by one or more combinations of the following:

  • Scratching during installation;
  • Scratching post installation;
  • Weld splatter; and/or
  • Cleaning of the glass.

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The Government published its much-anticipated Housing White Paper on 7 February 2017. The White Paper contains no silver bullet, as addressing the housing crisis will require tweaks throughout the complex web of intersecting policy areas involved. We have picked through the White Paper with a fine tooth comb and identify these five key planning points for developers:

Read more: Housing White Paper: Five key planning points for developers in the UK


Contact: Britta Oltjer and Epp Lumiste; LEADELL Pilv Law Office.

Attorneys-at–law Britta Oltjer and Epp Lumiste wrote in the article in business newspaper Äripäev (published on 1 February 2017) that it is not always possible to avoid (court) disputes in construction procurements.

Even along with very carefully and thoroughly planned construction procurement, the fulfilment of concluded contract can lead to time-consuming and resource-intensive (court) dispute. Unfortunately, one must admit that in the light of current Law on Public Procurement (LPP) and court practice, it is likely not possible to instantly avoid these situations to occur in future.

Read more: Estonia: Do only builders run the risks of unforeseeable construction works?