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VCAT delays and alternate dispute resolution options

Global supply chain issues and trade shortages are resulting in many homebuyers experiencing delays in the construction of their new homes. But the delays don’t stop there. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is also experiencing delays due to staff shortage, COVID-19 restrictions and the move to online systems. According to The Age, homeowners, builders …

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Conveyancing – everything you need to know

When you are purchasing or selling a property you should engage a conveyancer (or lawyer practising in conveyancing transactions). What is ‘conveyancing’?  Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership of a property. Do I need a conveyancer or a lawyer? A conveyancer is specifically trained and experienced in conveyancing transactions.  Whereas a lawyer has …

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Case study – Ramirez v Sherridon Pty Ltd

Recently we successfully brought a claim for a first-time homeowner against a Builder in a VCAT matter. Ramirez v Sherridon Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2022] VCAT 405, relates to a domestic building dispute where the Applicants (“the Owners”) issued proceedings in the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal against the Respondent (“the Builder”) which relates to …

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Defective building works and seeking damages

In a recent VCAT decision (Miller & Anor v Pomphrey (Building and Property) [2022] VCAT 140), the Applicants (“the Owners”) issued proceedings in the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal against the Respondent (“the Builder”) seeking damages for defective building work. This case shows how damages can be calculated by either the cost of replacement or the …

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Inclusion

With the start of another school year upon us, and sports and social activities resuming, we are filled with both excitement and fear. Excitement because our kids can finally get outside and have fun again, but fear because as always, we worry about inclusion. Inclusion is a topic that is very important to us, both …

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