Lovegrove Smith & Cotton – Lovegrove Smith & Cotton

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Melbourne, Vic 3000, Australia

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Some Ideas on How to Turn the Tide Against Global Ebola Proliferation

Some Ideas on How to Turn the Tide Against Global Ebola Proliferation…more
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Mediation Explained: A Very Brief Outline

Mediation is a process where a person is appointed to assist the parties with the resolutions of their disputes, differences or conflicts. Mediation can take place in a commercial, civil or geopolitical setting. Conjoint…more
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Some Essential Qualities for Mediators in Mediating Geopolitical Conflicts

The proliferation of geopolitical and regional conflicts around the world be it in the Ukraine, Gaza, or even tensions concerning islands within Japanese and Chinese proximity, the geopolitical landscape is changing. It will…more
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Seeking Compensation For Hold Ups: The Right To Delay Costs For Builders In Commercial Contracts (Australian Readership)

Under what grounds can a commercial building contractor claim for delay or prolongation costs, if they are held up by the principal? This week Justin Cotton, partner and head of practitioner advocacy, investigates the mechanism…more
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Reforms To The Home Building Act 1989 (NSW Readership)

The Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) is the primary piece of legislation governing the domestic building sector in New South Wales. This article by Michelle Janczarski, Solicitor, Lovegrove Solicitors, discusses significant reforms…more
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What is Common Property? And What it May Mean for Modern Building Disputes. (Victorian Readership)

This article raises key issues relating to common property within the context of building disputes. It should be stressed that purchasers need to do their due diligence and involve a planning and construction lawyer prior to…more
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When Must An Insurer “Cough Up” Under The Statutory Domestic Building Insurance?

It is mandatory for a builder to obtain domestic building insurance for all residential building work that is valued over $12,000 including GST. The building insurance is obtained for the benefit of the home owner to cover for…more
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Red Lighting the Neighbouring Development – A Guide to Objecting to a Planning Permit Application

This article is a summary of the process of objecting to a planning permit. This is the principal means by which you can request a responsible authority not to grant a planning permit. It is crucial that you engage a suitable…more
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Legal Professional Privilege and Expert Evidence – What Must an Expert Disclose? (Victorian readership)

Legal professional privilege protects certain communications between lawyers and clients, and lawyers and experts, with the effect that those communications do not have to be disclosed during legal proceedings. However, not all…more
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Professional Misconduct Complaints – Can Building Practitioners Obtain A Full Release As Part Of A VCAT Settlement?

Building disputes often result in both VCAT proceedings and the making of a misconduct complaint to the VBA. Accordingly, the building practitioner involved may wish to include a full release from the VBA complaint in any…more
| Construction Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

What is the Water Management Act 2000 (NSW)?

Replacing the Water Act 1912, the Water Management Act 2000 is an essential piece of New South Wales legislation. It covers all aspects of management of New South Wales’ water and establishes a framework for managing water…more
| Construction Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

What is a Construction Management Contract?

There are many types of building related contracts to choose from and one of these is the Construction Management Contract. Although this contract is rarely used compared to ‘traditional’ building agreements, it is a viable…more
| Construction Law

Building Cases, Expert Witnesses – The Litigant`S Destiny Is Often In Their Hands.

Having practised construction law for nigh on 25 years I have observed that possibly the greatest risk in construction litigation concerns the viability of expert testimony. I am not in a “club of one” when expressing this view,…more
| Construction Law

Mediation - Pros and Cons - Is Mediation all that its Cracked up to be?

A SWOT analyses on the “pros and cons” of mediation. Often considered to be the perfect dispute resolution panacea, we question some of the more laudable myths or misconceptions about mediation…more
| Administrative Law

A User's Guide to the New Zealand Building Act

We have prepared a plain English users guide synopsis of the New Zealand Building act. To access the booklet click here…more
| Construction Law
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