Building Contract Disputes (Melbourne)

CPD points:    Four (4)

8.45am    Introduction from Chair
Chair:    Stephen NATOLI, Partner Holding Redlich
Topic 1: “Off the plan” litigation
Speaker: Daniel OLDHAM, Partner Oldham Naidoo Lawyers
•    Contractual requirements and the sales process
•    Disputes: Delays and defects
•    Causes of Action and choice of forum
•    Remedies- pre and post contractual
•    Owners Corporation issues
•    Recent developments: Burbank v Owners Corporation (2015)

Topic 2: Planning issues in construction projects   
Speaker: John CICERO, Principal Best Hooper
•         Planning – the portal to construction
•         Staged approvals – case study – former Moonee Ponds Market site
•         Changes to plans – post planning permit issue  
•         Planning / Compensation issues – Major infrastructure - Case study : Melbourne Metro Rail Project

10.10am    Morning Tea

Topic 3: “Termination” and other remedies for Defective work under Building Contracts
Speaker: Leonard WARREN, Principal , Russell Kennedy Lawyers
•    Determination of Quantum for Damages
•    Valuation of remediation in the cases
•    Treatment of “Defects” clauses
•    Fundamental defects
•    The prevention principle
•    Contractors and Principals rights to terminate
•    Consequences of termination  

Topic 4: Building Disputes – strategic decisions and forum choices
Speaker: Leanne OLDEN, Senior Associate, Baker & McKenzie
•    Dispute resolution procedures in the building contract
•    unforeseen risk and liability apportionment
•    Variations and Extensions of time in dispute
•    Foreshadowed changes to the Building Act and VCAT procedures

Topic 5: Security of Payments: Adjudications  - procedures and challenges"
Speaker: Michael WHITTEN QC, Barrister, Chancery Chambers
•    Adjudication procedures in Security of Payments regime
•    Appealing from adjudication

12.55pm – 1.00pm Questions and Close


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