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Building and construction


LPLC sees claims every year where practitioners have failed to properly advise a client about building and construction issues. The causes of claims are varied with some claims arising when advising a client entering into a building contract while others relate to advising a client involved in a building dispute.

Keeping up to date with constantly-evolving building and construction law is good risk management.

Work in this area of law is often technical and time critical, and with the ever-increasing time and cost pressures, simple errors occur. Understanding the causes of claims as well as the specific risks will assist practitioners with their claims prevention strategies.

Below is some information to assist practitioners who practice in this area minimise the risk of receiving a claim.

27 March 2017

In Check Issue 74 | March 2017

Table of contentsWhat is new on LPLC’s website?What is happening in cyber risk?Are you ready for the DBDRV?Common GST questions – GST and adjustments for sale of commercial property2017 Risk Management seminars2017/18 Insurance renewalsLaw Institute Journal articles What is new on LPLC’s website? Cyber security page We have a new risk management page dedicated to […]

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1 June 2016

Old claims and new building laws

Keeping up to date with the law and understanding where claims arise is good risk management. The LPLC sees claims every year where practitioners have failed to properly advise a client about building issues. Some claims arise at the beginning when advising a client entering into a building contract while others relate to advising a client involved in […]

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3 July 2011

Owner-building danger zone

Particular care must be taken when negotiating one complex area of property law. Owner-builder provisions can be disastrous for vendors and their solicitors in a falling property market. The current property slump and the predictions that it will get worse before it gets better are cause for concern for property lawyers. When the market is […]

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21 July 2017

Building and constructions claims

Building and construction claims arise in a number of practice areas including commercial, litigation, leasing and conveyancing with litigation and conveyancing having the most claims. Lack of experience is one factor which contributed to some of these claims. Several litigation claims arose out of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) […]

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14 July 2017

DBDRV up and running

A new body, Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV), replaces Building Advice and Conciliation Victoria commencing from 26 April 2017. It is now mandatory for any party to a domestic building dispute to seek a resolution through DBDRV before applying to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Applications to VCAT cannot be made unless […]

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14 February 2017

FAQs – Building and construction

Search for GST frequently asked questions relating to building and construction. Click on the question below to view answer.  

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9 December 2016

Do you know your limits?

Practitioners who are experts in a specific area of law sometimes find themselves in unfamiliar territory without realising it. Practitioners who usually do domestic conveyancing maybe out of their depth when they receive instructions about the purchase of a commercial building with multiple tenants and where the purchaser is a self-managed superannuation fund who will […]

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6 November 2015

Two important risk issues when acting for plaintiffs – experts’ reports and time limits

A claim received by LPLC highlights the need for practitioners to be proactive about identifying applicable time limits early and managing clients’ expectations when acting for plaintiffs. About seven years after a couple moved into their newly constructed house they noticed some cracking. Two years later further cracks appeared and the couple retained the practitioner. […]

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16 August 2016

Key Risk Checklist: Purchase of land – questions for the purchaser

Purchase of land – questions for the purchaser   Responses required without delay ☐  Circle yes or no as applicable. ☐  Provide the additional information as indicated. ☐  If you do not know the answer or are unable to provide the additional information please insert the words ‘not known’. ☐  Please sign where indicated at […]

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20 January 2015

Commercial litigation – stay alert

Table of contentsIntroductionThe causes of claimsCommon problemsOther risksLPLC Commercial Litigation Checklist Introduction Managing the client’s expectations during litigation is the key to containing risks in this area. Commercial litigation – stay alert provides examples of how things can go wrong in commercial litigation and how practitioners can minimise the risk of a claim. The relationship […]

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