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The Importance of Experts in Construction Disputes

When you find yourself involved in a VCAT dispute concerning home construction, whether you’re the builder or the homeowner, the role of expert evidence cannot be underestimated. Despite parties believing they have ample “evidence” through emails, conversations, and their own interpretations of documents and works, it’s challenging, if not impossible, for the Tribunal to make […]

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The return to school: Supporting students with invisible disabilities

The start of the year is always a busy time for families, particularly those with school-aged children. As we begin another school year, Spectrum Group’s Directors take a moment to reflect, realising that this will be the final year all three of their children will be in school – one in Year 12, one in

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Friend In Me – Nurture and Connect Retreat

I recently had the privilege of being invited by Friend In Me to co-host their third Nurture and Connect Retreat alongside fellow board member, Nicole. Together, Nicole and I had the honour of welcoming five incredibly deserving mothers on a three-day, fully funded retreat. These women, selected for their remarkable resilience in navigating the challenges

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The Damp Dilemma: Water Ingress & Mould in Victorian Construction

There are many challenges in the world of construction, but the persistent issue of water ingress and mould is causing huge problems, especially in the increasing landscape of apartments and townhouses in Victoria. The root of the problem lies in the insufficient waterproofing of balconies, compounded by a lack of registration for both waterproofers and

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Have You Reviewed Your Procurement Contracts?

With the implementation of new regulations surrounding unfair contract terms, scheduled to take effect on November 10, 2023, it’s a crucial time for businesses to evaluate their standard form contracts. This review is essential to ensure that your contracts are free from unfair terms which are now prohibited, as breaches can result in substantial penalties.

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Understanding Your Rights Under the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995

The Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (Vic) – ‘the Act’ – stands as a crucial legal framework governing the obligations and prerequisites of both homeowners and builders in Victoria. Here’s a concise overview of key aspects to be mindful of: Contractual Essentials: Section 3 of the Act lays out the definition of a major domestic

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A Must-Have Guide on Managing Building Disputes

Building disputes, unfortunately, are not uncommon and can arise due to a multitude of reasons including defects, delays, variations, payments, or quality concerns. These disputes can prove to be extremely taxing, both financially and emotionally, for both builders and homeowners. It is therefore of utmost importance to possess the know-how to effectively and efficiently address

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