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  1. Lawyers beware! How a failure to advise on an uninhabitable granny flat left a conveyancing lawyer $76,000 out of pocket

    8 October 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    The NSW District Court has awarded $100k in damages to a first-home buyer after its finding that her solicitor and the real estate agent involved failed to appropriately advise her on the habitability of a granny flat.

  2. Water authority levels a dam good defence

    7 October 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    The New South Wales Court of Appeal set aside a finding at first instance that the Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority (Seqwater) was liable in negligence for damage arising out of the 2011 Brisbane floods. The NSWCA allowed Seqwater’s appeal and held that it had not breached the lower standard...

  3. Hailing down on the deductible

    9 February 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    In Issue Policy interpretation: Determining if a deductible is to be applied to each “claim” made under a policy, or if a deductible attaches to the single event arising in “claims” under a policy. The background Rawson Homes...

  4. The long-stop limitation period extends to all building work, so says Court of Appeal

    23 December 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Those in the building and construction industry will benefit from clarification provided by the NSW Court of Appeal on the operation of the long-stop limitation period in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. In issue The only issue before the...

  5. Separating the Biowood from the ACP's

    11 August 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    A consideration of the recent decision of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and subsequent Appeal Panel regarding the use of Biowood cladding on a building in NSW. While the insurance and construction industries and indeed the public are now...

  6. Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors in Victoria to take effect on 1 January 2021

    7 August 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    With the attention of the construction industry focused squarely on dealing with the implications of Covid-19 and the ongoing cladding crisis, the release of the new Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors in Victoria (‘Code’) by the Victorian...

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