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    What is a provisional sum?

    A provisional sum is an allowance included in a fixed price construction contract for an item of work that cannot be priced by the contractor at the time of entering the contract.

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    Australia’s new Whistleblower Laws: A Summary

    The federal government has introduced legislation outlining new consolidated protections for whistleblowers, and requiring public, large private companies and trustees of private companies that ...

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    What is the defects liability period (DLP)?

    The defects liability period (or 'DLP') is a fixed period of time, starting from the date of practical completion, during which the contractor has an express contractual right to return to the ...

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    Introduction to AS 4000

    AS 4000, more formally known as the Australian Standard AS 4000-1997 General Conditions of Contract, is one of the most widely used forms of head contract for construction projects in Australia.

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    Can a contractor be liable after the defects liability period?

    Usually, yes. A contractor will normally remain liable for defects after the defects liability period has expired. This article addresses a common misconception about the defects liability period ...

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    Can contract notices be sent by email?

    With businesses conducting the majority of their day-to-day communications by email, it can be easy to assume that email will be a valid form of communication under a contract.  However that will ...

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    What is Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) and how does it work?

    Early contractor involvement (or 'ECI') is a method of construction contracting that allows a builder to become involved, and potentially start work, before the design has been completed.

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    10 things you should know about AS 4000

    Although AS 4000 is one of the most widely used construction contracts in Australia, many people remain unfamiliar with the detail. You can find our easy to understand explainer right here. The ...

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    What is the prevention principle?

    The 'prevention principle' is a legal doctrine that protects a contractor from liquidated damages for delays caused by the principal. The basic idea is that a party to a contract should not be ...

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    How to claim an EOT under a construction contract

    This article explains how to claim an EOT, and addresses some of the areas where mistakes are often made.

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    What is a fiduciary duty?

    A fiduciary duty exists where a person or company is required to put another person's interests before their own. It arises from a relationship of trust and confidence, such as the relationship ...

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    Tag along, drag along and similar clauses in a shareholders agreement

    A shareholders agreement will normally address the situation where one or more parties wish to exit the venture, or where there is a falling out between shareholders. This article explains some of ...

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    How to make an adjudication application in Queensland

    This page explains how to make an adjudication application under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld).

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    How to find out if someone is using your business name

    Your business name is one of your most valuable assets. It's the main thing that differentiates you from your competitors, and consequently is an asset that needs to be protected. This article explain...

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    10 differences between AS 4902 and AS 4300

    Both AS 4300 and its successor AS 4902 are widely used forms of design and construct contract in Australia. Although they have many similarities, there are some significant differences.

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    How to respond to a payment claim under security of payment in Queensl...

    If you receive a payment claim under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld), you have limited time to prepare a payment schedule.  This article explains the process.

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    How to respond to an adjudication application in Queensland

    This page explains how to respond to an adjudication application under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld).

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    What is a qualifying cause of delay under AS 4300?

    Clause 35.5 identifies the causes of delay for which the contractor can claim an extension of time under AS 4300.  Compared with other forms of contract, the list of qualifying causes is relatively br...

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