Welcome to our May E-News!
In this issue, you can learn more about:
The cost of poorly-drafted building contracts
The importance of having a written contract is widely accepted in the building and construction (or any) industry. But are you putting in the time necessary to understand and document your negotiations so that your rights are protected by your building contracts?
How to deal with an 'unfair' Will
In this article we consider dealing with an unfair will where one or more parties consider the distributions made to one or more beneficiaries (or someone being left out of a will entirely) to be unreasonable in the circumstances.
Thinking of copying a builder's plans? Think again!
Architectural plans create unique styles which add value to a builder’s business and reputation and should be protected, particularly in a competitive environment. A recent decision on copyright infringement raises important points for builders – the need to have systems in place to protect designs from potential copyright infringement and the need for caution when builders are privy to another’s designs.
Security of payment reforms have serious implications for building and construction industry
Upcoming changes to legislation within the Queensland building and construction industry will have serious implications to developers, builders, sub-contractors and suppliers, if not properly understood. Brendan Bathersby, Partner at Garland Waddington, Maroochydore, warns that significant penalties, including jail time, could be imposed for failure to comply with the new legislation.