When does the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act apply to the Residential Building work?

Section 7(2)(b) of the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (‘SOP Act‘)  states that the Act will not apply to a construction contract for the carrying out of residential building work “on such part of any premises as the party for whom the work is carried out resides in or proposes to reside in”. Generally therefore, the … Read more When does the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act apply to the Residential Building work?

What are the Statutory Warranties implied under the Home Building Act?

By virtue of Section 18B of the Home Building Act, the following warranties are implied in every contract to do residential building work: A warranty that the work will be done with due care and skill and in accordance with the plans and specifications set out in the contract, A warranty that all materials supplied … Read more What are the Statutory Warranties implied under the Home Building Act?

What are the limitation periods for bringing a claim for breach of Statutory Warranty?

By virtue of Section 18E of the Home Building Act, proceedings for a breach of a statutory warranty must be commenced before the end of: 6 years for a breach that results in a major defect in residential building work, or 2 years in any other case.  “major defect” is defined to mean: (a)a defect in a major … Read more What are the limitation periods for bringing a claim for breach of Statutory Warranty?

Testamentary Capacity. When does a person lack the ability to make a valid Will?

What is “testamentary capacity”? The legal test for assessing testamentary capacity was outlined almost 150 years ago in a case called Banks v Goodfellow (1870) LR QB 549. The test has four (4) aspects to it, namely: 1. That the willmaker understands the nature of the act of making a Will and its effects, 2. … Read more Testamentary Capacity. When does a person lack the ability to make a valid Will?

Court of Appeal limits scope of potential challenges to Security of Payment Adjudications

In Shade Systems Pty Ltd v Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd (No 2) [2016] NSWCA 379 (23 December 2016), the NSW Court of Appeal unanimously held that the decision of an adjudicator under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (“the Act“) is not subject to judicial review other than in cases … Read more Court of Appeal limits scope of potential challenges to Security of Payment Adjudications

High Court settles argument about when a Payment Claim can be validly issued

In a decision of great relevance to members of the building and construction industry, the High Court has provided some certainty in relation to when a valid Payment Claim may be issued under a construction contract and put to rest a debate that has gone on for some time in light of various legislative amendments … Read more High Court settles argument about when a Payment Claim can be validly issued