Seminars aim to clear legal confusion in Australia

It has been estimated that around $7bn is wasted in construction disputes around the world every year.

In Australia, changes in law, plus apparent grey areas in legislation, have generated their fair share of confusion.

In a recent case between Thiess and a sub-contractor a "mining exclusion" in the contract was found to have no effect, while, in a desalination plant project in Western Australia, it did – raising the question, when is mining, mining?

Navigating around what appear to be different rules for different schemes is the aim of two Masterclasses scheduled for Perth and Sydney in April.

Hosted by CIOB and Hill International, the sessions will explore legal and technical issues such as the analysis of delay and cost escalation, and examine key recent cases such as Alstom and Yokogawa, John Holland and Coastal Dredging, and others.

Experts from law firms Minter Ellison, Holding Redlich, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Allens will look at a range of subjects, including alternative methods of dispute resolution, and dispute avoidance.

"The Masterclass gives us the opportunity to share critical information with the construction industry, and to try to help organisations avoid costly disputes," said Wendy MacLaughlin of Hill International. "With recent changes both in law and in judicial commentary on methods of analysis, this Masterclass comes at a perfect time for everyone involved in construction."

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