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Lovegrove & Cotton Lawyers Bulletin 

 
  Christmas Edition

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

From Lovegrove & Cotton

To our loyal clients and readership base, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the team at Lovegrove & Cotton. The firm will be closed end of business day 22 December 2017 until 15 January 2018. We hope you have enjoyed our output of articles over the duration of 2017 and hope they have provided you with useful insight. Have a safe holiday period and we look forward to continuing to engage with you all in 2018.

Warm regards,
Lovegrove & Cotton

The Fraught Problem of Resolving Fire Safety for Aluminium Composite Cladding Products


By Justin Cotton, Director, Lovegrove & Cotton
 

Incidents such as that at Lacrosse apartments in Melbourne highlight the need for Australia to adopt best practice building models in matters of external cladding and fire safety.  If this were not to occur, then potentially it could lead to another incident where this time serious injury or loss of life could eventuate.  There could be legal ramifications for a range of industry players, and indeed the government.  Indeed, were it not for an effective fire sprinkler system at the Lacrosse apartment building, there could have been fatalities arising from that event, which saw a vertical spread of fire up the building of over 12 stories in a matter of minutes.  In this week’s Bulletin, Justin Cotton, Director of Lovegrove & Cotton, looks at the vexed question of use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs) on high rise building facades, that are particularly problematic in terms of high rise residential and the shift to inner city apartment living.

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Transfer of Building Surveyor Functions Made Easy With the Amendments to the Building Act 1993

By James O’Donnell, Senior Associate, co-authored by Jordan Davies, Paralegal, Lovegrove & Cotton

Many building surveyors and companies that offer building surveying services would be familiar with the strictures of Section 81 of the Building Act 1993 and its significance regarding the termination of a relevant building surveyor’s statutory functions. These statutory functions are “baked on” as it were, and it is difficult to untie oneself from them when part-way through a construction project that is subject to a Building Permit. This article deals with the practicalities and ease with which the statutory functions can be transferred from one building surveyor to another as a result of the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 (Vic) (Act).

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