Category: Building and Construction Law

The problem of contribution solved

The Victorian Parliament passed the Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2023, which addresses problems faced by parties with VCAT matters involving claims for contribution under Part IV of the Wrongs Act following the decision in Vaughan Constructions Pty Ltd v Melbourne Water Corporation [2023] VCAT 233.

Intermediate appellate court holds proportionate liability inapplicable in arbitration

The effect of a very significant judgment of the South Australian Court of Appeal is that unless there is an express agreement to the contrary, ordinarily parties to an arbitration agreement will not be subject to the proportionate liability regimes that apply throughout Australia (with the possible exception of the Queensland regime).