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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Victorian Cases Clarify limitations on Joinder of Insurers, Strike-out Applications and Awards of indemnity costs

Three recent Victorian decisions serve as an important reminder of possible impacts on insurers: Akron Roads Pty Ltd (in liq) v Crewe Sharp & Ors1 – the Supreme Court determined that a person who is not a party to an i...

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