Corrs In Brief

Corrs In Brief offers the latest updates on legal issues and developments, focusing on their impact to your business and industry.

A limited life for insurers’ regulations - Significant reform proposals announced for retail life insurers

25 June 2015

ASIC has announced it will consider the just-released industry sponsored reform package as part of its response to significant non-compliance with financial services law in the retail life insurance industry.

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The High Court bites local government review process

23 June 2015

This article considers the recent High Court case, Isbester v Knox City Council, which dealt with the perception of bias. Decision-makers whose decisions may be subject to judicial review will find this case interesting.

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Corporations beware! The High Court delivers ‘Contempt 101’

18 June 2015

The High Court has confirmed that corporations charged with contempt of court cannot rely upon the privilege against self-incrimination, self-exposure to penalty or the ‘companion rule’ as a basis for objecting to an order for discovery.

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Construction law update - June

16 June 2015

This publication provides a concise review of, and commercially focussed commentary on, the major judicial and legislative developments affecting the construction and infrastructure industry in recent months.

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Planning Proposals under the Gateway process: Are community consultation requirements as rigorous as before?

12 June 2015

The Land and Environment Court has provided judgment on the community consultation requirements required under the gateway regime of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

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Exhibition periods for development applications: When can a submission be made and can the submission period be extended?

12 June 2015

The Land and Environment Court has undertaken a detailed examination of submission periods under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the impact on objector appeal rights for designated development.

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Can you take advantage of the new rules for building energy efficiency disclosures?

10 June 2015

Changes to the building energy efficiency regime commence on 1 July 2015. Building owners may find they can take advantage of new exemptions where energy efficiency disclosures will no longer be required.

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Tough luck: Paying a progress claim the subject of an adjudication application before the determination is made can result in an overpayment

9 June 2015

This recent decision suggests that principals and head contractors should not attempt to pre-empt an adjudication determination by paying some or all of the disputed amount before that determination is made.

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A pig with lipstick is still a pig!: Judicial review and the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA)

9 June 2015

This decision provides guidance on what constitutes a ‘payment claim’ for the purposes of the Act and is another example of the Court quashing the determination of a non-legally trained adjudicator on the basis of jurisdictional error.

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NSW Government releases stage one of the Integrated Mining Policy for public comment

5 June 2015

The Integrated Mining Policy, soon to be implemented by the NSW Government, will streamline the application process for State Significant mining developments (excluding exploration, petroleum operations and coal seam gas proposals).

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