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Rintoul, David
Clarkslegal LLP

Mead, Patrick
Carter Newell


Contract Works and Contractor’s All Risk Policies comprise a critical component of risk allocation under modern construction contracts. Recovery under these policies can provide fertile ground for dispute, particularly when property is allegedly damaged in consequence of defective workmanship, material or design.


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Contact: Gordon S. Woodward;  Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP (Delaware & Pennsylvania, USA)

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) implemented new Construction Industry Arbitration Rules this past summer. The changes eliminate certain gaps or ambiguities in the old rules, create some additional tools with which arbitrators can manage claims, and on balance, should make arbitration a more attractive forum for the resolution of construction disputes.

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By: Luke Preston & Lucinda Coman

The recent Supreme Court of Queensland decision in Lean Field Developments Pty Ltd v E & I Global Solutions (Aust) Pty Ltd & Anor1 serves as a timely reminder to contracting parties that they do not have absolute freedom to contract as to when a reference date arises for the purposes of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (BCIPA). Specific care is required when drafting contractual clauses which impose pre-conditions which must be satisfied before a reference date will accrue.

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Contact: David Rodighiero, Partner and Mark Kenney, Special Counsel; Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)

The long awaited amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (BCIPA) commenced on 15 December 2014.

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Contact: Stephen Hughes, Special Counsel and Lara Radik, Associate; Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)

A number of significant changes to the building and construction industry’s portable long service leave legislation came into effect on 1 July 2014.

The changes will not have retrospective effect, however ongoing construction projects, in respect of which levies had not been paid in full by 1 July 2014, may be caught by transitional arrangements.

The changes will not have any impact on workers’ long service leave entitlements.

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