Insurance

Mediation can fail all parties when mediators don't do their job properly

Are private building surveyors becoming the de facto guarantor for the shoddy works of the builder? Is that what the Building Act (Vic) intended?

Contractual limitations can apply to Australian Consumer Law (ACL) claims

Are you missing out on the benefit of professional standards legislation (PSL)?

The Insurance Contracts Act - recent flood amendment and the Unfair Contract Terms (UCT) laws

 

Planning and environment

Radical changes to the role of Development Control Plans (DCPs) in NSW

Independent review of rezoning decisions and powers given to councils to make Local Environmental Plans (LEPs)

New proposed standards for the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2013

Proposed changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP)

 

Construction

How to avoid a renovation disaster

New Commercial Arbitration Act survives constitutional challenge

Minimising cost a key principle in deciding whether court will grant disclosure prior to evidence

 

Workplace relations

Can you sack someone for swearing at the boss?

Minimising the risk of harassment claims during the Christmas season

 

Property

Can a market stall be a retail shop lease?

Neighbour disputes over trees – resolution mechanism under the Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006

 

Trusts and estates

Trustee misconduct will not be tolerated by Australian courts

 

Commercial dispute resolution

Legislative amendment may reverse decision that litigation funding is a "credit facility"

 

Education

Could regulatory reform reduce bullying in Australian schools? Part 2 - the Canadian perspective

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