Lovegrove & Cotton Lawyers Bulletin 

  13 December 2017

Builders and the Perils of Mutual Recognition Scheme Registrations

By Justin Cotton, Director, Lovegrove & Cotton

Lately, we are seeing as construction lawyers an uptick in cases involving certain builders that lose their registration in Victoria as a consequence of the Queensland Building & Construction Commission (“the QBCC”) cancelling the licenses of these builders in Queensland. Once the first license in an interstate jurisdiction has been cancelled, section 33 of the MR Act allows the Victorian Building Authority to then if it sees fit cancel the equivalent Victorian registration.  

This week Justin Cotton, Director, looks at a recent case in Queensland that involved challenging questions about not only errors in the work record submitted for a Queensland building license, but also serious questions about the legitimacy of educational qualifications used to obtain that license.

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Law Reform Concepts for Model Building Regulations for 2018 and Beyond

By Kim Lovegrove RML, FAIB, Senior Lawyer, Lovegrove & Cotton

The built ecology, both locally and internationally, has encountered profound, if not unprecedented, change in the last 20 years. Regrettably, building regulations have not evolved with sufficient alacrity and sensitivity to best calibrate with the dynamic and rapidly changing nature of the new building paradigm. A holistic and best-practice approach to law reform is critical to moving forward. This paper penned by Kim Lovegrove RML, FAIB, provides some ideas on best-practice building control for the future. It was first published in Sourceable on the 11/12/17.

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Untangling the Requirements of Protection Works Insurance for Large and Small Building Projects in Victoria

By Justin Cotton, Director, Lovegrove & Cotton

It is nothing new that builders and consumers alike have pondered over the requirements for compulsory protection works insurance that adequately covers adjoining owners in Victoria.  The uncertainty does not discriminate between small or large, or commercial versus domestic building projects.  But what is really required from this insurance based on the strictures of the Building Act 1993, recent Supreme Court case law and what the Insurers are prepared to commit to in Policy endorsements?  

This week Justin Cotton, Director, looks at the “ins and outs” of protection works insurance, click here to access Justin’s analysis of the legislation and recent Supreme Court decisions.  This may help parties prior to such matters reaching the Building Appeals Board.

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2-Day Building Regulatory Law Reform Summit in Canberra

By Lovegrove & Cotton

The Building Products Innovation Council (BPIC) and Lovegrove and Cotton Construction & Planning Lawyers are hosting a 2 day summit and think-tank on building regulations and building control for the future. The summit is an invitation-only event and it is expected that a “white paper” will be one of the outcomes of this summit for the consideration of the states and territories, key interest groups and policy makers.

Attached is the issue paper and the line-up of speakers who will address and brainstorm with the attendees. The purpose of attaching said brochures is to raise awareness with regards to an important 2018 event.

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