Australian businesses prepare for the new privacy regime
Minter Ellison is proud to be a GOLD SPONSOR of the Society of Construction Law 3rd National Conference 2-4 August 2013
Within Minter Ellison’s construction practice, we have a highly skilled team focusing on property development and infrastructure. That team works with our real estate lawyers to provide expert legal advice and service on property development transactions, ranging from simple matters to complex, multi-stage, multi-use, multi-million dollar projects.
We are acutely aware of the issues relevant to property development, and are able to advise throughout the project lifecycle, from acquisition, to rezoning, planning and environment and through the delivery phase to successful completion and possibly take-out. We are also aware of financier requirements for these types of transactions and are able to ensure that the project is bankable.
We regularly advise on risk allocation and different forms of delivery methods. We are highly adept at preparing and negotiating all the forms of associated documentation, including: tender documents; heads of agreement and memoranda of understanding; agreements for lease; development agreements; consultancy agreements; various forms of delivery agreements (including construct only, design and construct, project management and construction management agreements); as well as other forms of contract such as facilities management agreements and outsourcing contracts (security, catering etc).
Following execution of documents we also assist in contract administration, either through a workshop to explain how the various documents operate and interface, or by providing a contract administration manual – our contract administration manuals are highly regarded and well used by our property development clients.
The Christmas period is seen by many in the construction industry as an opportunity to serve payment claims or have claims for payment of construction work adjudicated under the security of payment legislation — in the hope those claims or applications will go unanswered or the other party will be ill-prepared to defend them.
Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) is a national program creating mandatory energy efficiency disclosure obligations for many owners and tenants of commercial building space. The transitional period under the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 (Cth) ends on 31 October.