Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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Avoiding trouble in tenders

Tendering is a process by which entities, commonly governments and private sector entities (Principal), procure goods and services competitively. Principals are usually familiar with the Request for Tender document (RFT), issued t...

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Greater Focus on Good Design

The role of good design in development in NSW was considered in a decision of the Land and Environment Court earlier this year. In Zammit v Inner West Council [2019] NSWLEC 1074 Commissioner Horton discussed how Better Placed, an ...

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Broker liability, penalties for false statements, dumping duties and an application to the High Court on TCOs

LIABILITY FOR FALSE STATEMENTS TO CUSTOMS – FINES PLUS FORFEITURE OF THE GOODS Three individuals who made deliberately false statements in an attempt to evade duty each received fines equal to double the amount of the underpa...

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Court Rules on Minimum Apartment Size Standards for NSW Developments

On 9 April 2015, the Land and Environment Court handed down its decision in Botany Bay City Council v Botany Development Pty Ltd (No 2) ruling that when Council standards conflict with State standards in relation to apartment size...

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Building Inspectors Role Judicially Clarified

Recently, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ("VCAT") had cause to clarify the role and responsibilities of a building inspector in O'Hehir v Building Practitioners Board (Review and Regulation) [2015] VCAT 113. ...

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