Building & Construction Conference
Start time 5 Sep 2019 9:00am (Australia - Melbourne)
End time 5 Sep 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Location Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne
Speaker See full program for details.
Catering Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Designed for Legal practitioners
Product Code C19019

Building & Construction Conference

5 Sep 2019 9:00am - 5 Sep 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

The conference will be chaired by:

Hugh Foxcroft QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar; Preeminent Construction & Infrastructure Senior Counsel, Doyles Guide 2019

John Gurr, Barrister, Victorian Bar; Preeminent Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel, Doyles Guide 2019


Your Ultimate 2019 Case Update 

Are you sure you are on top of all the latest building and construction cases? This session will review recent significant cases in building and construction related litigation, highlighting key lessons and risk areas. Cases to September 2019 will be covered. This session is The Ultimate Case Update!  

Issues include:

  • Defects and Incomplete Works;

  • Limitations of Actions;

  • Liability of Construction ‘Professionals’;

  • Scope of Works.

Presented by: Nicholas Andreou, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Performance Securities - Options and Risks 

The issue of which Performance Security to choose when drafting building and construction contracts can be critical when things go wrong. This session will demystify this often complex area and provide guidance on the options and risks associated with those options. This session will discuss and compare options including:

  • Banks Guarantees

  • Insurance Bonds

  • PPSR Securities

  • Cash Retention

  • Letter of Comfort

  • Mortgage

  • Longer Payment Terms and Offsetting Provisions

  • Separate Bank Account

  • Related Party Guarantee

Presented by: St John Frawley, Partner, Thomson Geer - Recommended Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Lawyer, Doyles Guide 2019

Drafting Mini-Masterclass  

Navigating through the Construction Contract The session will provide a brief overview of the key features of standard form construction contracts, focussing on Australian Standards. In particular, we will cover some essential drafting tips and traps (both from the Principal and the Contractor’s perspective) in respect of the key risks of time, cost, quality and the role of the Superintendent.

Presented by: Ben McLeod, Special Counsel, Maddocks

National Construction Code (NCC) of Australia 

The NCC was adopted on 1 May 2019 and introduces significant changes. The NCC is administered by the relevant States and Territories (in Victoria under the Building Act 1993) and broadly covers the following:

  • NCC Volume One applies to multi-residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings and structures.
  • NCC Volume Two applies to residential and non-habitable buildings and structures.
  • NCC Volume Three applies to plumbing and drainage for all classes of buildings.

This session will discuss the above changes including:

  • Performance Based Compliance Options;
  • Acceptable Construction Practices (ACP).

Presented by: Persa Buchanan, Special Counsel, Thomson Geer Lawyers

Owners Corporations and Building Defects – A ‘who, what, where and how’ analysis 

When defects appear in an apartment development private lot owners, owners corporations, builders, sub-contractors and developers can find themselves in a legal maelstrom.

This session will look at some recurring issues in apartment and other owners corporation defects claims.

The topics covered will include:

  • Whose claim? The distinctions between common lots and private lots for building defect purposes;

  • What an owners corporations (OC) can and cannot do when defects appear within a complex;

  • Allies or enemies? The sometimes-shifting alliances among private lot owners and their OCs;

  • The role of Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria;

  • Building warranty insurance – who gets what if there is not enough to go around;

  • The Water Act; and

  • Combustible cladding and the state government’s proposed fix.

Presented by: Paul Duggan, Barrister, Victorian Bar

ALERT! The Sale of Land Amendment Act 2019 and Sunset Clauses – A New Dawn Breaks for Purchasers 

The Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2019 was passed on 28 May 2019 and introduced key changes to sunset clauses and off the plan developments which is to have retrospective effect to 23 August 2018.

This session will discuss the Sale of Land Amendment Act 2019 and will focus on new provisions ss10A to 10F that the Act will insert into the Sale of Land Act 1962. These provisions will impose significant impacts on vendors, their current developments and future investments.

Presented by: Louise Hicks, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Insurance - Managing Construction Risk 

What are the risks to your client if you fall short of giving the proper advice regarding the usual and perhaps more unusual insurance cover applicable to your client’s project? Insurance issues include policy coverage, terms and conditions, exclusions, defective work and design, indemnity and subrogation, project coverage and gaps.

This session will provide an overview of the insurance related risks including subtleties and nuances that building and construction lawyers need to know and how to best protect their clients’ interests.

Presented by: Alexandra Golding, Barrister, Victorian Bar


Total CPD Units: 6.0

Professional Skills: 1.0
Substantive Law: 5.0
(includes GST)