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1 Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999
Text of the New South Wales, Australian Construction Act as amended March 2003
by NSW Legislature

2 Contractors Debts Act 1997 No 110
Text of the New South Wales, Contractors Debts Act 1997 No 110
by NSW Legislature

3 NEW SOUTH WALES CASE DATA BASE BY DATE
New South Wales. Construction Adjudication Cases in reverse date order starting with the most recent case. 6th November 2008.
by Corbett Haselgrove Spurin

4 NEW SOUTH WALES ADJUDICATION CASE DATA BASE BY NAME
New South Wales : Adjudication cases indexed aphabetically by citation, with short description of content. Last updated 6th November 2008
by Corbett Haselgrove Spurin

5 NEW SOUTH WALES ADJUDICATION CASE DATA BASE BY TOPIC
New South Wales : Adjudication cases indexed by subject, with citation & short description of content. Last updated 6th November 2008.
by Corbett Haselgrove Spurin

AB & MA Chick (Vic) P/L (In Liq) v 526 Olive Street P/L [2001] Adj.L.R. 07/09
Application for summary judgment in respect of balance of Progress Claim withheld by agreement. - Whether interlocutory mandatory injunction should be granted where no undertaking as to damages proffered and a lack of capacity to reinstate guarantee. Plaintiff in liqudiation prior to calling upon guarantee. NSWSC : 9th July 2001.
by HHJ Bergin :

Abacus Funds Management Ltd v Davenport No1 [2003] Adj.L.R. 10/20
Prerogative Writs and Orders - Whether certiorari lies against an adjudicator's determination under the BCISPA 1999 - Whether interlocutory relief should be granted. Supreme Court of New South Wales. 20th October 2003.
by Gzell J.

Abacus v Davenport No2 [2003] Adj.L.R. 11/03
Whether, and on what grounds, prerogative relief is available against the determination of an adjudicator under the BCISPA - jurisdictional error - errors of law on the face of the record. Supreme Court of New South Wales. 14th November 2003
by McDougall J :

ACA v Sullivan ; Austruc v ACA [2004] Adj.L.R. 04/21
BCISPA 1999 - s 7(2)(a) - construction of "forms part of" - whether construction contract formed part of loan agreement. NSWSC : 21st April 2004.
by McDougall J :

Acclaim Building Management Pty Ltd v Heather Loewenthal [2006] Adj.L.R. 06/21
Payment schedules - Construction contracts excluded by s 7(2)(b). New South Wales District Court. 21st June 2006.
by Johnstone DCJ.

Accrete Constructions P/L v Kinsley Constructions P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 02/10
Procedure - Motion to set aside judgment - Whether judgment entered under BCISPA - irregularly - Whether BCISP Act requires qualifications of adjudicators to be prescribed by regulation - Whether adjudicators to be prescribed by regulation - Whether adjudicator acted within the scope of authority in dealing with contract and progress payment claim - Whether assessed claim on its merits. Local Court of NSW. Downing Centre. 10th February 2006
by Magistrate H Dillon :

ACN 001 891 103 Pty Ltd v Reiby Street Apartments Pty Ltd [2007] Adj.L.R. 11/13
Set aside application. Statutory demand – Portion of debt owed a judgment debt – Appeal from judgment pending – Application to set aside under s 459J(1)(b) for “some other reason” – Where Court of Appeal granted stay of execution of judgment on terms that plaintiff provide security within 21 days and plaintiff did not comply with terms – Held no sufficient “other reason” within meaning of s 459J(1)(b) – Application dismissed. SC NSW, 13 November 2007
by WHITE J :

Adelaide Bank Ltd v BMG Poseidon Corp P/L [2008] Adj.L.R 02/12
Set aside – default judgement. Default judgment, application to set aside, whether arguable defence to judgment debt, promisory representation, reliance. SC.NSW. 12th February 2008
by McCALLUM J :

Advanced Mechanical Systems v Duct Co P/L [2006] Adj/L.R. 05/03
Mareva orders - Judgment entered in District Court on adjudication certificate under the BCISPA 1999 - Application for stay of judgment pending determination of other proceedings in the District Court - Garnishee order granted in District Court successful. NSWSC. 3rd May 2006.
by Gzell J.

Air Dynamics Control & Services Contracting P/L v Durham & Ishtar Painting P/L No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 09/13
Validity of adjudication - denial of natural justice - statutory non-compliance - setting aside of satisfied judgment - exhaustion of statutory process - utility of granting relief. Supreme Court NSW : 13th September 2005.
by Associate Justice Malpass :

Air Dynamics Control & Services Contracting P/L v Helen Durham & Ishtar Painting P/L No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 04/22
Failed application for a declaration that an adjudication decision was void. Supreme Court NSW : 22nd April 2005.
by Studdert J :

Alan Conolly & Co v Commercial Indemnity P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 04/29
Contract - Statutory Construction. - Whether three invoices served in the same facsimile can constitute one payment claim under the BCISPA 1999. - Held that this did constitute one payment. NSW Supreme Court : 29th April 2005.
by Master Macready :

Aldoga Aluminium P/L v De Silva Starr P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 04/01
Corporations : Statutory demand - Application to set aside - whether genuine dispute as to existence of contract - whether Plaintiff precluded from raising existence of contract by operation of s.15(4) BCISPA 1999 - whether facts demonstrated genuine dispute. NSW Supreme Court : 1st April 2005.
by Palmer J :

Amflo Constructions P/L v Anthony Jefferies [2003] Adj.L.R. 09/17
Interpretation - BCISPA 1999 - time within which application for adjudication must be made ? Contracts ? building, engineering & related contracts - remuneration - BCISPA 1999 - time within which application for adjudication must be made. Supreme Court of New South Wales : 17th September 2003.
by Campbell J :

Arpic P/L v Austin Australia P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 02/24
Corporation - voluntary administration - leave to proceed against defendant Co. in administration - whether plaintiff's application to amend summons is caught by s.440D - whether leave to proceed should be granted in respect of amendment application and summary judgment application for restitution on basis of conduct declared by statute to be "unlawful". Supreme Court. NSW : 24th February 2004.
by Barrett J :

Australian Remediation Services P/L v Earth Tech Engineering P/L No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 04/14
BCISPA - adjudication application - where plaintiff sought to restrain appointment of adjudicator - where plaintiff sought to restrain defendant from proceeding with adjudication application - whether adjudicator able to determine whether payment claims in adjudication application can be awarded - discretionary considerations. NSW Supreme Court, 14th April 2005
by McDougall J :

Australian Remediation Services P/L v Earth Tech Engineering P/L No3 [2005] Adj.L.R. 08/05
Practice & procedure - Costs - Dispute arising from appointment of arbitrator - Where action settled - No trial on the merits - Where communication between solicitors should have resolved the issue - Failure to agree due largely to plaintiff imposing unreasonable conditions - Held that proceedings were unreasonably brought by the plaintiff - Plaintiff to pay defendant's costs. NSW Supreme Court. 5th August 2005.
by White J :

Australian Remediation Services v Earth Tech Engineering No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 07/14
Adjudication certificate under BCISPA 1999 issued - application for injunction to restrain appointing authority from issuing certificate relating to the determination, and to restrain recipient of the determination from filing any such certificate - balance of convenience - provision of bank guarantee - form of orders. NSW Supreme Court : 14th/15th July 2005.
by Campbell J :

Australian Securities & Investments Commission v Malcolm Leslie Edwards [2005] Adj.L.R. 08/24
Insolvency : Whether or not a formal construction contract : Whether Contract Payment Due or whether quantum meruit. Equity. NSW Supreme Court. 24th August 2005.
by Barrett J.

Austruc v ACA; ACA v Sarlos [2004] Adj.L.R. 03/11
BCISPA 1999 - adjudication determination - slip rule - judgment entered under incorrect case number - slip rule : meaning of "forms part of" s7(2)(a) - whether contract part of loan agreement - certiorari - jurisdictional error of law - procedural fairness - whether adjudicator permitted to consider statutory declaration attached to adjudication application / must give notice of intention to rely upon statutory declaration & give respondent opportunity to respond : Supreme Court of New South Wales : 11th March 2004.
by McDougall J :

Barclay Mowlem Construction Ltd v Estate Property Holdings P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 07/19
Contract - Proper construction of S.13(4)(b) of BCISPA 1999 - Validity of payment claim. Supreme Court NSW : 19th July 2004.
by Einstein J :

Barclay Mowlem Construction Ltd v Estate Property Holdings Pty Ltd [2004] Adj.L.R. 07/20
BCISPA 1999 (NSW) - Entry of summary judgment - Stay of judgment in part - Statutory scheme considered in relation to pending appeal. New South Wales Supreme Court : 20th July 2004.
by Einstein J :

Barclay Mowlem Construction Ltd v Tesrol Walsh Bay P/L No2 [2004] Adj.L.R. 12/09
BCISPA 1999 - whether letter in law sufficient to be payment schedule - s 14(2)(b), (3) - whether "nothing" an amount for purposes of s 14(2)(b) - whether letter "provided" within meaning of s 14(1). New South Wales Supreme Court : 9th December 2004.
by McDougall J :

Barclay Mowlem Construction Ltd v Tesrol Walsh Bay P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 08/13
BCISP 1999 (NSW) - application for summary judgment - whether defendant has arguable defence against summary judgment where payment schedule did not indicate defendant's intended - whether a payment schedule for purposes of s 14 - requirements of payment schedules. New South Wales Supreme Court : 13th August 2004.
by McDougall J :

Barclay Mowlem Construction Ltd v Tesrol Walsh Bay P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 09/16
Procedure - subpoenas - power of court to issue a subpoena in aid of enforcement of a judgment - Procedure - costs of motion which settles : Application for costs of two interlocutory proceedings. NSW Supreme Court. 16th September 2005.
by Campbell J :

Baseline Constructions P/L v Classic Group Painting Services P/L & Damian Michael [2006] Adj.L.R. 05/09
Entitlement to make 2nd payment claim - Determination of reference dates - S22(4) of BCISPA (NSW) 1999 requires a subsequent adjudicator to treat an attempt [by an earlier adjudicator to determine the value of construction work] as having been successful and compliant with s.10 - value of work changing since previous determination. Supreme Court of New South Wales : 9th May 2006.
by Einstein J :

Baseline Constructions P/L v Classic Group Painting Services P/L & Damian Michael [2006] Adj.L.R. 05/15
Procedure - Appeal - Whether relief in nature of a stay would be granted because of strength of appellant's case on appeal. New South Wales Court of Appeal. 15th May 2006.
by Hodgson JA :

Baulderstone Hornibrook P/L v HBO+DC P/L [2001] Adj.L.R. 09/14
Summary Judgment applications in the Construction List - Application to refer Motion for Summary Judgment to call over - Whether referral is consistent with the just, quick and cheap resolution of the litigation. NSWSC. 14th September 2001.
by HHJ Bergin :

Baulderstone Hornibrook P/L v Queensland Investment Corporation [2006] Adj.L.R. 06/07
Entitlement to make 2nd payment claim - Determination of reference dates - S22(4) of BCISPA (NSW) 1999 requires a subsequent adjudicator to treat an attempt [by an earlier adjudicator to determine the value of construction work] as having been successful and compliant with s.10 - value of work changing since previous determination. Supreme Court of New South Wales : 9th May 2006.
by Einstein J :

Baulderstone Hornibrook P/L v Queensland Investment Corporation [2007] Adj.L.R. 02/14
Payment schedules under s 14 BCISPA 1999 ? Whether a payment schedule is properly provided if it is not referred to in a cover letter ? Whether a payment schedule prepared & signed by an agent without express authority can be said to have been provided by the principal - Authority of agents ? construction and extent of authority. Supreme Court of New South Wales. Court of Appeal. 14th February 2007.
by Giles JA; Tobias JA; Basten JA.

BBB Constructions P/L v Frankipile Australia P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 14/08
Creditor’s statutory demand – application to set aside demand – where debt arose under BCISPA 1999 – offsetting claim – where parties are head contractor and sub-contractor – test for determining whether there is a genuine offsetting claim – where plaintiff alleges that defendant is liable under contract for damage to neighbouring properties due to inadequate construction work – where preliminary expert evidence suggests that defendant may have caused the damage – whether the claim is bona fide and truly existing – whether plaintiff’s financial position relevant to whether offsetting claim made in good faith – whether offsetting claim needs to be particularised as an exact amount – whether condition should be imposed that the plaintiff nonetheless pay into court the amount claimed by defendant on setting aside of statutory demand. NSWSC. 14th August 2008
by Brereton J.

Beckhaus Civil P/L v The Council of the Shire of Brewarrina [2002] Adj.L.R. 10/18
Summary judgment application in respect of a progress claim. Superintendent fails to deal with claims within time. Contractor fails to supply statutory declaration as to payment of subcontractor. Held amount of progress claim due. Progress claim also made under the BCISPA 1999. Held claim under statutory scheme and under contract can be made at same time in one document. NSWSC. 18th October 2002
by Acting Justice Macready :

Beckhaus v Brewarrina No1 [2004] Adj.L.R. 09/16
Claim for payment under contract to build earthwork levees - Whether payment claim valid - Cross-claim - Whether lump sum contract - variations - Whether practical completion achieved - Whether contractual requirements for progess claim met - Breach of contract ? - Whether BCISPA 1999 (NSW) applies. T&C List. Supreme Court New South Wales. 16th September 2004.
by Master Macready.

Beckhaus v Brewarrina No 2 [2004] Adj.L.R. 10/07
Liquidated damages ? Whether defendant entitled to liquidated damages under the contract in circumstances where plaintiff did not achieve practical completion - Whether leave should be allowed for claim for liquidated damages - Held - Entitlement to liquidated damages will only arise following upon some other facts which lead to a termination of the contract after the present time - Leave to plead any claim for liquidated damages refused. Equity Div. T&C : Supreme Court New South Wales. 7th December 2004.
by Master Macready.

Bell Partners v Kann Finch [2004] Adj.L.R. 11/8
Appeal decision of Local Court Magistrate - summary judgment - BCISPA 1999. NSWSC : 8th November 2004
by Master Harrison :

Bell v Pearce (Home Building) [2005] Adj.L.R. 06/23
Post adjudication where contract held to be determined. Claims for oral variations and cross claims for non-completion. Held variations payable on quantum meruit basis. 23rd June 2005
by G J Durie. Senior Member. Consumer Trader & Tenancy Tribunal.

Berem Interiors P/L v Shaya Constructions (NSW) P/L [2007] NSWSC 1340
Construction contract absent - invalidity. Whether determination issued by adjudicator void - Whether jurisdictional error due to absence of construction contract between plaintiff and first defendant. Decision: Determination void. SC. NSW 21 NOVEMBER 2007
by BERGIN J

Biseja P/L v NSI Group P/L No1 [2007] Adj.L.R. 01/30
Procedure – stay of execution – BCISPA - where writs recorded on land under Real Property Act – whether recording should be removed – Real Property – Torrens Title – effect of recording a writ on title. NSWSC. 30th January 2007
by Brereton J.

Biseja P/L v NSI Group P/L No2 [2007] Adj.L.R. 04/02
BCISPA – Adjudications – Enforcement – stay of execution – where judgment creditor moves to discharge stay granted by consent – where proceedings in which issues will be finally determined are part-heard – where those proceedings have been adjourned because of default by judgment creditor – where judgment debtor has bona fide arguable case that no amount properly due – where judgment debt can be fully secured by deposit of title deeds in court. NSWSC. 2nd April 2007
by Brereton J.

Biseja v NSI Group [2006] Adj.L.R. 08/04
Adjudicator found project management services were "related goods or services" under the BCISPA 1999 & that a project management fee might be discharged by transfer in specie of real estate - whether s 7(2)(c) of Act applicable - whether consideration assessable by value of services - whether open to adjudicator to reach factual conclusion - whether reviewable error. 4th August 2006
by McDougall J.

Bitannia P/L & Rossfield Nominees (ACT) P/L v Parkline Constructions P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 08/28
Progress payments - BCISPA 1999 (NSW) s 13 & 15 ? whether bona fide belief in entitlements claimed required for valid payment claim - whether a breach of s 52 TPA 1974 can be relied on as a defence ? whether BPA s 15(4)(b)(ii) precluded such defence - whether BPA s 15(4)(b) invalid to the extent that it prevents the raising of a cross claim in reliance on s 52 of the Trade Practices Act. 28th August 2006.
by Hodgson JA; Tobias JA; Basten JA.

Bitannia P/L & Rossfield Nominees (ACT) P/L v Parkline Constructions P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 09/18
RESTITUTION ? prior to the appeal Appellant agreed to pay the amount of the judgment debt to the Respondent on certain conditions ? appeal successful ? order made to repay money in terms not inconsistent with the agreement. 18th September 2006.
by Hodgson JA; Tobias JA; Basten JA.

Bourke Road Pty Ltd v Boxster Constructions Pty Ltd [2001] Adj.L.R. 08/13
Winding up- statutory demand- Defective- Point not taken in time- Other invalid attacks made on demand- Giver of demand now in liquidation- Whether demand can or should be set aside. Supreme Court of New South Wales : 13th August 2001
by H.H.Young CJ in Eq :

Boutique Developments Ltd v Construction & Contract Services P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 08/31
Administrative Law - Injunction sought to restrain the determination of an adjudication application under the BCISPA 1999 - Whether expert reports in aid of an action against a third party insurer for defects in construction fall within the definition of construction work in s 5(1) or related goods or services in s 6(1) - Whether the jurisdiction law entitlement question should be decided by the Court. 31st August 2007
by Gzell J.

Brambles Australia Limited v Philip Davenport [2004] Adj.L.R. 03/12
Progress payments claimed under the BCISPA 1999 - determination made by adjudicator - whether, and if so to what extent, judicial review of adjudications made pursuant to the Act is available - scope of relief available in the nature of a writ of certiorari - grounds upon which judicial review is available : Natural justice & costs. Proper construction of s7(2)(c). Supreme Court NSW. 12th March 2004
by Einstein J :

Brewarrina Shire Council v Beckhaus Civil P/L & Dennis Fredrick Beckhaus [2005] Adj.L.R. 08/04
Defective or incomplete work - no damage for defective or incomplete work sustained while contract is on foot and contractor is required to complete the work - termination by agreement - implied term that the parties' rights are governed by provisions in the contract - s 27 BCISPA 1999 - no suspension if payment under s 15(1)(b) of the Act is conditional upon the payment of a bank guarantee. New South Wales Court of Appeal. 4th August 2005.
by Hodgson JA ; Ipp JA ; McColl JA.

Brewarrina Shire Council v Beckhaus Civil P/L & Dennis Fredrick Beckhaus [2006] Adj.L.R. 12/15
Building, engineering and related contracts ? alleged non-compliance with contract specifications ? payment claimed under s8 BCISPA 1999 ? whether breach of contract ? measure of damages ? assessment of expert evidence. 15th December 2006.
by Giles JA, Tobias JA, McColl JA.

Brewarrina Shire Council v Beckhaus Civil P/L [2003] Adj.L.R. 02/17
Contract - Superintendent's obligation under AS2124 - 1992 to issue a payment certificate is subject to a condition precedent that contractor support payment claims with evidence and information - Requirement of contractor to provide evidence and information constitutes a condition precedent on either of two bases: a non-promissory condition or an obligation imposed on the contractor, which conditions the superintendent's obligation to issue payment certificate - Requirement of contractor to provide evidence and information is comparable to purchaser's obligation to service notice to complete - Meaning of term "monthly".Court of Appeal, New South Wales. 17th February 2003.
by Mason P; Ipp JA ; Young CJ in EQ :

Brian Leigh Smith & Gillian Kenway v Coastivity P/L & Philip Martin [2008] Adj.L.R. 04/11
Construction Contract. BCISPA 1999 – adjudication determination – whether a construction contract to which the Act applied existed – definition of “related goods and services” – whether consideration for related goods and services was calculated other than by reference to the value of the goods and services supplied – whether discretionary grounds exist to warrant withholding the grant of declaratory and injunctive relief. Supreme Court New South Wales, Equity Division, T&C List. 11th April 2008
by McDougall J .

Brian Leigh Smith v Coastivity P/L [No.2] [2008] Adj.L.R. 05/09
Costs – follow the event – no question of principle. BCISPA 1999. Supreme Court New South Wales, Equity Div. T&C List. 9th May 2008
by McDougall J :

Broad Construction Services (NSW) P/L v Michael Vadasz [2008] Adj.L.R. 08/21
BCISPA 1999 - adjudication determination - adjudicator did not consider expert\'s report - whether denial of procedural fairness - whether report constituted a submission \'duly made\' in support of payment schedule. NSWSC 1057 21st August 2008
by McDougall J :

Brodyn P/L t/a Time Cost & Quality v Philip Davenport [2003] Adj.L.R. 11/06
Progress payments claim - BCISPA 1999 - determination made by adjudicator - whether, and if so to what extent, judicial review of is available - scope of relief available - certiorari - grounds upon which judicial review is available. NSWSC. 6th November 2003
by Einstein J :

Brodyn P/L t/as Time Cost and Quality v Davenport No2 [2004] Adj.L.R. 11/03
Progress payments - BCISPA - Adjudicator's determination - Adjudication certificate - Consequent judgment - Grounds for judicial intervention - Whether certiorari available - Grounds on which purported determination void - Natural justice - Error of law - Reference dates - Effect of termination of contract or cessation of work - Home Building Act - Effect of absence of licence - Exercise of discretion - Whether other relief available including stay of execution. Court of Appeal New South Wales. 3rd November 2004.
by Mason P ; Giles JA ; Hodgson JA :

Brodyn P/L v Dasein Constructions P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 12/15
Administration under deed of company arrangement-Company in administration secured provisional judgment under BCISPA 1999 - Judgment debtor seeking to prove in DOCA- Set-off under s 553C of Corporations Act claimed - How proof dealt with. Equity Div. Supreme Court New South Wales. 15th December 2004.
by Young CJ in Eq.

Brodyn P/L v Davenport & Dasein Constructions No1 [2004] Adj.L.R. 04/02
Prerogative Writs and Orders - Whether an order in the nature of certiorari lies against an adjudicator's determination under the BCISPA 1999 - Whether certiorari should be granted when judgment had been entered for the adjudicated amount - Whether s 25 of the Act rendered an order in the nature of certiorari futile. Equity Div. Supreme Court New South Wales. 2nd April 2004.
by Gzell J.

Brodyn P/L v Y A Welding P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 06/16
Notice of Motion - Is the plaintiff a person who is entitled to make a claim for payment against the defendant under the Act - Construction of the Act - Whether the plaintiff is a person who has \"undertaken\" to do \"construction work\" - Progress payments. Downing Centre Local Court, New South Wales. 16th June 2006
by Magistrate J Orchiston.

Brookhollow P/L v R&R Consultants P/L & Philip Davenport No 2 [2006] Adj.L.R. 01/30
Indemnity Costs ? whether Calderbank offer of compromise unreasonably rejected ? whether letter offering compromise should disclose the winning point in offeror?s case. Supreme Court of New South Wales. 30th January 2006
by Palmer J :

Brookhollow P/L v R&R Consultants P/L & Philip Davenport No1 [2006] Adj.L.R. 01/31
When is a payment claim invalid for purposes of the BCISPA 1999 authorities and principles discussed ? what are the requirements of s.22(2) ? what must an adjudicator show in reasons for determination when adjudication process is undefended. NSWSC. 30th January 2006
by Palmer J :

Bucklands Convalescent Hospital v Taylor Projects Group P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 12/13
Payment schedule : delivery. Question whether delivery or not of a payment schedule is for court or adjudicator to determine – Delivery challenged on basis that Superintendent under contract who delivered it had no authority to do so – Whether Superintendent can be so authorised – Question whether it was is a matter for adjudicator. SC. NSW. 13th December 2007
by HAMMERSCHLAG J :

Calsun Materials Handling P/L v Lovton P/L as trustee for the Lovton Trust No2 [2008] Adj.L.R. 06/11
Security of payment - costs of partially successful application. New South Wales. District Court. 11th June 2008
by Sidis DCJ :

Calsun Materials Handling P/L v Lovton P/L as trustee for the Lovton Trust [2008] Adj.L.R. 05/16
Security of payment - payment claim for construction work - whether properly categorised as one for damages for breach of contract - claim for work undertaken during defects liability period - whether permitted by the contract. District Court. New South Wales. 16th May 2008
by Sidis DCJ :

Cashgain P/L v Excell Building Corporation P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 03/09
Corporations - winding up - statutory demand - application for order setting aside statutory demand based on judgment debt - offsetting claim asserted being claim for damages for defective work by proprietor against builder of home units - whether such claim genuine & of substance - contention that such claim unavailable because of (a) issue of various certificates indicating completion of work (b) expiration of defects rectification period or (c) sale of most units by plaintiff. Held : genuine offsetting claim. NSWSC. 9th March 2007
by Barrett J.

CCD Group P/L v Premier Drywall P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 09/29
Corporations Law. Application under 459G of the Corporations Act 2001 to set aside statutory demand arising out of a construction adjudication. Formal defects in the affidavit in support a reason for setting aside the demand. Genuine dispute and off-setting claim established. Demand set aside. Supreme Court of New South Wales. 29th September 2006
by Associate Justice Macready.

Chadah P/L v Kubota Tractor Australia P/L [2003] Adj.L.R. 06/06
Corporations - winding up - statutory demand - whether bona fide dispute exists - whether offsetting claim raised by affidavit filed within 21 days - whether affidavit accompanying statutory demand adequately "verifies that the debt ... is due and payable by the company" - meaning of "verify". Supreme Court of New South Wales. 6th June 2003
by His Honour Campbell J :

Clarence Street P/L v Isis Project P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 11/16
Payment claims to progress payments ? payment schedules ? ss 13, 14, 15 BCISPA 1999 ? statutory debt ? failure to identify the construction work to which the claimed progress payment relates ? function of a payment claim ? interpretation of s13(2)(a) ? due date for progress payments ? reference date ? express provision ? whether payment claim must meet contractual requirements for payment to be due ? prohibition in s15(4)(b)(ii). NSW Court of Appeal : 16th November 2005.
by Mason P ; Giles JA ; Santow JA :

Clarence Street v ISIS Projects [2007] Adj.L.R. 03/26
Security for costs - whether security given earlier without prejudice to defendant's entitlement to seek further security - whether delay a bar to further security. Supreme Court of New South Wales, Equity Division T&C List. 26th March 2007
by McDougall J.

Consolidated Constructions P/L v Ettamogah Pub (Rouse Hill) P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 03/11
BCISPA 1999 - whether s 7(2)(a) applicable - meaning of "forms part of" in s 7(2)(a) - legislative purpose of s 7 - whether plaintiff may serve a progress claim under s 13 - whether "progress payment" has same meaning in Act as it does under the construction contract - effect of amendments to (inter alia) s 13 by Act No. 133 of 2002. New South Wales Supreme Court : 11th March 2004.
by McDougall J :

Construction Management Services P/L v Bidnia Group P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 10/17
Unsuccessful application to set aside creditor’s statutory demand – offsetting claim – debt for construction work – where plaintiff alleges works substandard – where no evidence of quantification or calculation of offsetting claim – whether plaintiff has a genuine offsetting claim – whether claim would reduce statutory demand to statutory minimum. 17th October 2008
by Brereton J.

Cooper v Home Productions P/L (General) [2004] Adj.L.R. 10.20
Jurisdiction- CTTT. Whether an adjudication under the BCISPA 1999 ousts the jurisdiction of the Tribunal under the Consumer Claims Act 1998. 20th October 2004
by D.Sheehan. Member. Consumer Trader & Tenancy Tribunal. NSW.

Cooper v Veghelvi No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 03/23
Payment of judgment sum - s 25(4) BCISP Act - whether on appeal money is to be paid into court. NSWSC : 23rd March 2005.
by Master Harrison :

Cooper v Veghelyi No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 06/28
Successful application for a declaration that the Adjudication Determination made by the First Defendant in favour of the Second Defendant against the Plaintiff under the BCISPA 1999 is null and void and of no effect. Role of Trader and Tenancy Tribunal examined. NSW Supreme Court : 28th June 2005
by Patten AJ :

Coordinated Construction Co P/L v Climatech P/L, Gerald Raftesath & LEADR No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 07/16
Progress payments - BCISPA - Adjudicator's determination - Whether "delay damages" under contract are "for" construction work or related goods and services - Whether delay damages can be included in payment claims under the Act. NSWCA. 13th July 2005.
by Hodgson JA ; Ipp JA ; Basten JA.

Coordinated Construction Co P/L v Climatech P/L, Gerald Raftesath, & LEADR No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 04/13
Application for permanent injunction to restrain the obtaining of a certificate under the BCISPA 1999 (NSW) - Whether the claims under the contract as a result of the awarding of extensions of time were "variation" claims under the contract - Whether claims for delay damages consequent upon extensions of time are able to be claimed in a payment claim under the Act and awarded in a determination under the Act. NSW Supreme Court : 13th April 2005.
by Bergin J :

Coordinated Construction Co P/L v J.M. Hargreaves P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 11/30
Progress payments - BCISPA - ex parte application to restrain filing of adjudication certificate - application brought at last possible moment - discretion to refuse application and leave applicant to apply to set aside judgment - policy of Court to refuse last minute ex part applications. Equity Div. Supreme Court New South Wales. 30th November 2004.
by Palmer J.

Coordinated Construction Co P/L v J.M.Hargreaves NSW P/L, J.Parnell, P.Sarlos & LEADR No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 02/22
Progress payment - adjudicator's determination - basic and essential requirements of a valid determination - whether determination void because adjudicated amount included amounts assumed (but not decided) not to be "for" construction work - whether determination in breach of the BCISPA 1999 is unlawful - whether payment claim served on or from reference date. NSWSC : 22nd February 2005.
by McDougall J :

Coordinated Construction Co P/L v JM Hargreaves (NSW) P/L, J.Parnell, P.Sarlos & LEADR No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 07/13
Progress payments - Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act - Adjudicator's determination - Whether "delay damages" under contract are "for" construction work or related goods and services - Whether delay damages can be included in payment claims under the Act. NSWCA. 13th July 2005.
by Hodgson JA; Ipp JA ; Basten JA.

Corbett Court P/L v Quasar Constructions (NSW) P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 11/19
Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW) Pt 20 r 20.24 –Both parties contend that report of referee should be accepted but each party contends for variations – where mistakes of law by referee do not effect ultimate outcome of report – where factual findings made were open to the referee on the evidence – Report adopted without variation except those agreed or not contested. 19th November 2008
by Hammerschlag J.

Corbett Court v Quasar [2004] Adj.L.R. 11/25
BISPA 1999 - S 7(2)(a) - whether tripartite deed a loan agreement within s 7(2)(a)(i) of Act - no question of principle. New South Wales Supreme Court 25th : November 2004.
by McDougall J :

Da Silva and Da Silva Constructions P/L v Bresond P/L & CT&TT [2008] Adj.L.R. 02/29
Security of costs : CT&TT. Consumer Trader & Tenancy Tribunal has no jurisdiction to order corporate plaintiff to provide security for costs - Tribunal not a court under Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and not otherwise authorised. Supreme Court New South Wales, Common Law Division Administrative Law List. 29th February 2008.
by SMART AJ.

David Hurst Constructions P/L v Helen Durham, Richard & Lorraine Shorten [2008] Adj.L.R. 02/26
Admissible material in adjudication. BCISPA 1999 – adjudication determination – whether adjudicator considered material in breach of s20(2B) of the Act – whether adjudicator failed to comply with s22(2) of the Act – whether adjudicator misunderstood terms of contract, or their application – whether any such error invalidates determination – denial of procedural fairness – whether s21(4) of the Act imposes mandatory requirement on adjudicators if they are unable to make a determination on evidence before them – no evidentiary onus or presumption imposed by the Act. Supreme Court New South Wales Equity Division, T&C List. 26 February 2008
by McDougall J :

David Hurst Constructions P/L v Richard William & Lorraine Shorten [2008] Adj.L.R. 03/04
Summary judgment on adjudication. Whether BCISPA 1999 applies; whether construction contract within s 7(2)(b) – whether claimant entitled to payment claim – claimant’s application for summary judgment under Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005, Pt 13, r 13.1 SC NSW. 4th March 2008
by Nicholas J :

De Martin & Gasparini P/L v Energy Australia P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 04/21
Application to discharge injunction - changed circumstances alleged - Service of final certificate under construction contract - Whether serious issue to be tried in relation to validity of final certificate - Balance of convenience - Applicant placed into liquidation after injunction granted. Equity div. Supreme Court New South Wales. 21st April 2004.
by Bergin J.

De Martin & Gasparini P/L v State Concrete P/L, Peter Sarlos & National Australia Bank [2006] Adj.L.R. 01/11
Where adjudicator without notice to the parties reinvestigates matters agreed upon by the parties and determines value inconsistently with that agreement - where adjudicator without notice to the parties determines value of prior work inconsistently with determination of prior adjudicator - whether denial of natural justice. New South Wales Supreme Court. 11th January 2006
by McDougall J :

De Martin & Gasparini Pty Ltd v Energy Australia & Austin Australia Pty Ltd [2002] Adj.L.R. 09/20
Statutory construction - s14(3) Contractors Debts Act 1997 - attachment order - two stage process - whether the court is required to first assess the claim on the face of the application and then exercise a discretion of whether to make the order after considering other relevant evidence. Court of Appeal New South Wales. 30th September 2002
by Hodgson JA : Santow JA : Pearlman AJA :

Demir Pty Ltd v Graf Plumbing Pty Ltd [2004] Adj.L.R. 06/11
Corporations - winding up - statutory demand - application to set aside or vary on basis of offsetting claim - statutory demand based on judgment debt arising from determination under BCISPA Act 1999 - whether judgment debt arising from adjudication under that Act can be subject of an "offsetting claim" for purposes of section 459H(5) Corporations Act 2001. New South Wales Supreme Court : 11th June 2004
by Campbell J :

Digital City P/L v QX Australia P/L, Peter Finnane & LEADR [2004] Adj.L.R. 10/07
BCISPA 1999 - whether interlocutory injunction against advancing of adjudication process, pending determination of whether adjudicator has jurisdiction, should be on terms of requiring payment into Court of amount claimed. NSW Supreme Court : 7th October 2004.
by Campbell J :

Downer Construction (Australia) Pty Ltd v Energy Australia [2007] Adj.L.R 03/19
BCISPA 1999 s 17 - Applications for Adjudication of Payment Claims - Whether identifying the payment claim and payment schedule to which an Application for Adjudication relates is sufficient where the claim addressed in the accompanying submissions is different in substance to the payment claim so identified. Adjudication of Payment Claims - Determination of parameters of adjudication - Whether a reasonable but erroneous decision by the adjudicator invalidates the adjudication.New South Wales Court of Appeal. 19th March 2007
by Giles JA; Santow JA; Tobias JA.

Downsouth Constructions v Jigsaw Corporate Childcare [2007] Adj.L.R. 06/15
Payment claims relating to 4 different construction contracts served at once - whether plaintiff can selectively pursue applications to avoid set off defences - where adjudicator concluded that the defence of set-off is not available by reason of s 20(2B) BCISPA 1999 - whether denial of natural justice - whether failure to exercise powers in good faith. 15th June 2007
by McDougall J.

Dr David Doyle v. Hall Chadwick [2007] Adj.L.R. 07/09
Costs - Assessment - Certificate taking effect as judgment - Whether appeal against assessment still available - Whether costs assessor can determine questions of construction of a costs agreement - Whether condition of conditional costs agreement, depending on recovery of monies, satisfied. 9th July 2007
by Mason P; Hodgson JA; Campbell JA;

EFI Construction Pty Ltd v Gee Ha Pty Ltd [2007] Adj.L.R. 06/15
Part payment of progress payment. Building & engineering Contracts -- Progress claims & payments – Whether defendant liable for “unpaid portion” of progress claim – Whether moneys set aside as “deposit” or appropriated by plaintiff – Whether credit note extinguishes original debt ab initio. LC NSW. 15th June 2007
by Magistrate H Dillon .

Emag Constructions P/L v Highrise Concrete Contractors (Aust) P/L No1 [2003] Adj.L.R. 09/23
Payment claim : non-payment : BCISPA 1999 (NSW) : progress payment claim : payment schedule of $Nil : adjudication : attempted service of adjudication application : appointment of adjudicator : failure to provide response : validity of acceptance of appointment & jurisdiction of adjudicator : validity of determination : s13, 14, 17, 19-21, 31 : meaning & validity of "service" : ostensible authority in solicitors to receive service. Supreme Court New South Wales : 26th September 2003.
by Einstein J :

Emag Constructions P/L v Highrise Concrete Contractors (Aust) P/L No2 [2003] Adj.L.R. 10/29
Slip Rule - sought to be invoked to delete sections of Judgment. Supreme Court of New South Wales : 29th October 2003
by Einstein J :

Emergency Services Superannuation Board v Philip Davenport & Lipman [2004] Adj.L.R. 07/22
BCISPA 1999 (NSW) - Whether adjudication determination should be quashed - alleged adjudicator determined claim on basis explicitly disavowed by 2nd defendant - natural justice - alleged failure to consider relevant provision of contract and plaintiff's submissions thereon - s22(2)(b) - Whether payment claim compiled with s 13(2)(a) of the Act - Whether discretion to grant prerogative relief should be exercised. Equity Div. Supreme Court New South Wales. 22nd July 2004.
by McDougall J

Emergency Services Superannuation Board v Robert Sundercombe & Lipman [2004] Adj.L.R. 09/09
Whether jurisdictional error by adjudicator justifying the quashing of the adjudicator's determination - Whether circumstances in which a determination is quashed is a circumstance that fits within s. 26(1)(b) of the BCISPA 1999 allowing the withdrawal of the adjudication application - Whether events which occurred after quashing of first determination precluded the further adjudication application. New South Wales Supreme Court : 9th September 2004.
by Bergin J :

Energetech Australia P/L v Sides Engineering P/L & Anthony Dutton No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 08/05
Where alleged that referee incorrectly calculated reference date under s 13(4) - whether basic and essential requirement of service of payment claim includes compliance with s 13(4) - whether failure to comply with s 13(4) renders adjudication determination void. NSWSC : 5th August 2005.
by McDougall J :

Energetech Australia P/L v Sides Engineering P/L No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 11/25
Payment claim under BCISPA 1999 ? application for declarations & injunction to prevent payment claim from being submitted to adjudication on basis that payment claim was not made with respect to a reference date under the contract, or was made with respect to a reference date concerning which another payment claim had already been adjudicated ? consumer protection ? whether submission of payment claim to adjudicator would be misleading and deceptive ? whether submission of payment claim to adjudicator would be in trade and commerce. NSWSC. 25th November 2005.
by Campbell J :

Energy Australia P/L v Downer Construction (Australia) P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 10/14
Progress payments - BCISPA - claim for interlocutory injunction pending hearing of claim for declarations that purported adjudication void and of no effect - serious question to be tried - plaintiff's ability to seek setting aside of any judgment obtained under the Act not prejudiced - balance of convenience favours defendant - interlocutory injunction refused. NSWSC : 14th October 2005.
by Barrett J :

Energy Australia v Downer Construction (Australia) P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 02/15
Challenge to validity of adjudication application and adjudication determination ? Basic and essential requirements ? Whether differences between payment claim and adjudication application rendered application invalid ? Whether adjudicator determined claim substantially different to payment claim ? Whether failure to determine payment claim rendered determination void ? BCISPA 1999 ss 13, 14, 17, 20, 22, 25. ? Judicial Review ? Judisdictional error ? Whether determination a bona fide exercise of power. Equity Div. T&C. Supreme Court NSW. 15th February 2006.
by Nicholas J.

Equipped Constructions P/L v Form Architects P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 05/17
Corporations - winding up - creditor's statutory demand - genuine dispute - dispute arising out of conflicting evidence of oral construction contract - substantiated amount below statutory minimum - whether indemnity costs appropriate - no issue of general principle. Equity. 17th May 2006.
by Austin J.

Errol Investments P/L v Taylor Projects Group P/L [2005] NSWSC 1125
Adjudication under s22 BCISPA 1999 - challenge to adjudicator's decision on grounds of denial of natural justice - whether inference should be drawn of failure to consider relevant material. NSWSC : 4th November 2005.
by Windeyer J :

Estate Property Holdings P/L v Barclay Mowlem Construction Ltd [2004] Adj.L.R. 11/03
Progress payments - BCISPA - Progress claim - Meaning of "construction work to which the claim relates" - Whether it is the work required by the contract, the work for which payment is claimed, or each item of work for which payment is claimed. New South Wales Court of Appeal : 3rd November 2004
by Mason P ; Giles JA ; Hodgson JA :

Ettamogah Pub (Rouse Hill) P/L v Consolidated Constructions P/L (in liq) [2006] Adj.L.R. 11/17
Winding-up in insolvency ? Application to set aside statutory demand ? Genuine dispute as to indebtedness ? Set off - Defendant lodged payment claims pursuant to s13 BCISPA 1999 (NSW) ? Plaintiff liable to pay defendant pursuant to s14(4) BCISPA ? Defendant commenced proceedings and obtained judgment in its favour ? Defendant served a statutory demand - Whether plaintiff entitled to relief pursuant to s32 BCISPA ? Whether plaintiff entitled to damages for defendant?s failure to complete building works on time & damages for cost of rectifying defects in building works ? s459H Corporations Act 2001 considered ? Whether failure of plaintiff to lodge proofs of debt against defendant, now in liquidation, precludes plaintiff from raising alleged offsetting claims ? Application granted. 17th November 2006.
by White J.

Facade Innovations P/L v Timwin Constructions P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 06/08
1. Ordered that order three made by McDougall J on 1 June 2005 in proceedings 55035/05 for payment out to Timwin of money paid into court be stayed until the judgment entered in favour of Facade in 11729/05 is set aside. 2. Ordered that the costs of this motion be costs in the appeal. 3. Ordered that the appeal be expedited, but not so as to displace matters already fixed for hearing. NSWCA. 8th June 2005.
by Hodgson JA :

Falgat Constructions P/L v Equity Australia Corporation P/ L [2006] Adj.L.R. 09/19
Progress payments - Payment claims - Whether successive payment claims, claiming the same amount, can be served - Payment schedules - Time limit for provison of payment schedules - Whether adjudication application can be made if payment schedule provided outside the time limit - Whether s.109X Corporations Act 2001 applies - Effect of s.29 Interpretation Act 1901 - Whether "provide" same as "serve" in the BCISPA and by s.31. 19th September 2006.
by Handley JA, Hodgson JA, Hunt AJA.

Falgat Constructions P/L v Equity Australia Corporation P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 03/03
Effect of statutory remedies under BCISPA - Statutory remedies of builder - whether concurrent pursuit of statutory and common law remedies permissible - Injunctions - anti-suit - whether concurrent pursuit of statutory and common law remedies permissible under statute - whether vexatious or oppressive. NSWCA. 3rd March 2005.
by Handley JA ; Santow JA ; Pearlman AJA.

Falgat Constructions P/L v Masterform P/L No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 06/23
Corporations - application to set aside judgment debt under s 459G of the Corporations Act. Judgment debt following on adjudication under the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act. Whether such judgment was on the merits and created a res judicata sufficient to prevent the raising of a genuine dispute. Held genuine dispute could be raised. NSCSC : 23rd June 2005.
by Associate Justice Macready :

Falgate P/L v Masterform P/L No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 08/03
Whether the claim was a payment claim, whether failure to allow the time required before applying for adjudication was a substantial breach of natural justice, whether failure to serve application for adjudication was a breach of natural justice, and whether ceasing action in one jurisdiction indicates abandonment of rights at general law. - The claim set out all the requirements under the BCISPA 1999, thus it was a payment claim. Failure to allow time required was a substantial breach of natural justice. - Held: Adjudication Determination set aside. NSWSC : 3rd August 2005.
by Associate Justice Macready :

Fernandes Constructions v Tahmoor Coal (t/as Centennial Coal) [2007] Adj.L.R. 04/27
BCISPA 1999 - payment claim - where tax invoice states that it "is prepared under" the Act - whether tax invoice complies with s 13(2)(c). 27th April 2007
by McDougall J.

Fifty Property Investments P/L v Barry J O'Mara & Impero Stone [2006] Adj.L.R. 04/18
Adjudication ? Determinations ? Judicial Review ?basic requirements ? construction contract ? whether jurisdictional fact ? held, it is and can be reviewed by court ? natural justice ? failure to give party opportunity to comment on additional submissions from other party : Held - procedural unfairness. New South Wales Supreme Court : 18th April 2006
by Brereton J :

Firedam Civil Engineering v KJP Construction (1) Mediate Today P/L, (2) Damian Michael (3) [2007] Adj.L.R. 10/25
Payment schedule - service. Progress payments - BCISPA - service of payment schedule - service under Corporations Act - relevance of evidence of non-receipt by director of claimant - adjudicator disregards adjudication response on ground that payment schedule was not provided because not received by claimant\'s director - errors of law - denial of natural justice - whether relief should be by declarations and injunctions or orders in nature of certiorari. SC NSW 25th October 2007
by AUSTIN J :

FPM Constructions & Anwar Yazbek v Council of the City of Blue Mountains No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 10/10
Interpretation of building contract AS4300-1995 -whether statutory declaration in support of progress claim was false - effect of falsity - whether power of superintendent to certify progress claim extends beyond termination - right to progress payment - Costs - personal costs order against company director and shareholder under s148B DCA 1973 - factors relevant to discretion to make costs order against a non-party. NSWCA. 10th October 2005.
by Beazley JA ; Giles JA ; Basten JA :

FPM Constructions P/L & Anwar Yazbek v The Council of the City of Blue Mountains No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 05/06
Security for costs - no question of principle : Notice of motion of 16 March 2005 be dismissed with costs. NSWCA : 6th May 2005.
by Handley JA :

Fyntray Constructions P/L v Macind Drainage & Hydraulic Services P/L [2002] Adj.L.R. 07/26
BSPA Act 1999 (NSW) : a person entitled to a progress payment under a construction contract can serve a payment claim even though the claim relates to work done in periods prior to the month in which the payment claim is served. Valid claim. Court of Appeal New South Wales. 26th July 2002
by Heydon JA : Hodgson JA : Ipp AJA :

Galaxy Construction & Development Group P/L v Clarke & Sons Plumbing [2006] Adj.L.R. 08/03
Whether Tribunal has jurisdiction to set-off Adjudicator?s determination against applicant?s claims; whether work claimed by the respondent as extra work was encompassed in contract or bona fide additional work; whether the respondent breached the contract and whether the respondent performed defective work. Breach of contract; defective work; overpayment; res judicata; Adjudicator?s determination. 3rd August 2006
by G G O?Keeffe. Member Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal.

General Homes v Jonathon B & Leanne A Caelli t/a JC Electrical [2007] Adj.L.R. 05/11
Insolvency post adjudication award and enforcement order : order to pay monies into court or a floating charge : enforcement stayed - during interim employer went into administration but did not file defence etc as ordered. Deed of Company Arrangment followed : Could the contractor enforce the payment in or was he reduced to unsecured creditor status. Held : Enforcement of payment in pending hearing on defence (if any). NSWSC. 11th May 2007
by Bergin J.

Glen Eight P/L v Home Building P/L No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 03/31
Injunction - application to restrain breach of alleged trust fund - where moneys deposited by principal into contractor's bank account - where principal is a signatory to the bank account - where contractor in administration - where funds held by administrator - whether principal entitled to relief on the entire amount held by administrator - whether allowance ought to be made for the legal costs. NSWSC : 31st March 2005.
by McDougall J :

Glen Eight P/L v Home Building P/L No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 09/06
Adjudication certificate under BCISPA 1999 issued - application for injunction to restrain builder from applying for certificate relating to the determination - balance of convenience - terms upon which injunction to be issued - whether security to be provided for payment of amount of adjudication determination plus interest - whether security to be provided for amount of adjudicator's fees not paid by proprietor. NSWSC : 6th September 2005.
by Campbell J :

Grant Constructions P/L v Claron Constructions P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 04/28
Application for stay of arbitration proceedings -Respondent to judgment entered under BCISPA fails to pay judgment debt but pursues arbitration - Suggested oppressive conduct. Supreme Court New South Wales : 28th April 2006
by Einstein J :

Greenaways Australia P/L v CBC Management P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 12/10
Winding up - application for order setting aside statutory demand - whether genuine offsetting claim - interaction between statutory demand procedure and legislative progress payments procedures - whether order setting aside statutory demand should be subject to condition. New South Wales Supreme Court : 10th December 2004.
by Barrett J :

Grosvenor Constructions (NSW) P/L (in administration) v Musico [2004] Adj.L.R. 04/27
Stay of judgment debt - Progress payments claimed under the BCISPA 1999 - Plaintiff obtains & files adjudication certificate pursuant to s24 & s25 - Plaintiff placed under external administration-Defendants seek stay of proceedings - Evidence that defendants, if successful in final proceedings, would suffer irreparable prejudice as payment pursuant to the judgment debt could never be recouped. New South Wales Supreme Court : 27th April 2004
by Einstein J :

Halkat Electrical Contractors P/L v Holmwood Holdings P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 05/15
Procedure - Appeal - Declaration that adjudication determination void - Contractor appeals, and also issues further payment claim including the same work and obtains an adjudication determination on that claim - Whether appeal an abuse of process - Whether it should be struck out or stayed. NSW Court of Appeal. 15th May 2006.
by Hodgson JA :

Halkat Electrical Contractors P/L v Holmwood Holdings P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 02/28
BCISPA 1999 s 22 ? Adjudication ? Determination based on matters wholly unrelated to the matters in s 22 ? Essential precondition to the existence of a valid determination not met. Appeal dismissed with costs. New South Wales Court of Appeal. 28th February 2007
by Giles JA1; Santow JA; Tobias JA.

Herscho (Avraham) v Expile P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 12/13
Procedure - Appeal - Stay of judgment - Judgment under Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act - Need for more than real risk of prejudice. New South Wales Court of Appeal : 13th December 2004.
by Hodgson JA :

Holdmark Developers P/L v G J Formwork P/L, LEADR & Peter Thomas Sarlos [2004] Adj.L.R. 09/24
BCISPA 1999 (NSW) - whether adjudication determination should be quashed - jurisdictional error of law - s 14(5) of Act - reference date - final payment claim - whether more than one payment claim made in respect of the one reference date - whether payment claims could only be made during currency of contract - effect of termination or cessation of work but within relevant limitation period - discretion to withhold relief. New South Wales Supreme Court : 24th September 2004.
by McDougall J :

Holmwood Holdings P/L v Halkat Electrical Contractors P/L & Philip Davenport [2005] Adj.L.R. 11/08
BCISPA 1999 ?grounds for judicial review ? grounds on which purported determination may be void ? effect of failing to advert to relevant term of contract - failure to have regard to relevant considerations ? content of good faith not limited to dishonesty malice or personal interest ? effect of deciding adjudication on questions of credit where credit irrelevant etc. NSWSC : 8th November 2005.
by Brereton J :

Hutchinson (J) P/L v Auslat Properties P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 01/06
Building and Construction - No payment schedule served - Whether payment schedule sufficient and valid - Whether the building works were sufficiently identified. 20th December 2006.
by Johnstone DCJ.

Independent Civil Contractors P/L v JGE Earthmoving P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 02/27
Winding up - creditors voluntary winding up - application for leave to proceed with cross-claim against company in Local Court proceedings - where company was plaintiff in those proceedings but assigned cause of action after commencement of winding up - assignee substituted as plaintiff in Local Court - whether set-off pursuant to s.553C had occurred - because it had not, no need for applicant's claim to be pursued in existing proceedings. 27th February 2007.
by Barrett J.

Inten Constructions v Refine Electrical Services & Philip Davenport [2006] Adj.L.R. 12/01
Payment schedule & adjudication response asserted that no contract provision supported 1st defendant's claim - whether adjudicator was entitled or required to consider the relevant provisions of the contract under s22(2)(b),(d) BCISPA 1999 - adjudicator found claim to be supported by the contract - whether natural justice required adjudicator to provide the plaintiff with an opportunity to respond - where adjudicator considered plaintiff's adjudication response. No express reasons for rejecting plaintiff's approach - impartiality & good faith. 1st December 2006.
by McDougall J.

Isak Constructions v Faress [2003] Adj.L.R. 08/27
Corporations - statutory derivative action - meaning of "an officer or former officer of the company" - unresolved question whether director removed from office - whether appropriate to grant leave when notice requirement in s.237(2)(e)(i) not satisfied. New South Wales Supreme Court : 27th August 2003
by Barrett J :

ISIS Projects P/L v Clarence Street P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 03/29
Costs ? Dispute resolved without hearing on merits ? No capitulation ? Whether any party had substantial success - Whether plaintiff acted reasonably in bringing proceedings ? Whether any party was almost certain to have succeeded ? Whether orders as to costs are appropriate. - Trusts & trustees ? Judgment creditor claiming to be subrogated to trustee?s right of indemnity out of trust assets ? Whether creditor could have priority over purchasers of trust assets from trustee. Supreme Court NSW. 29th March 2006.
by White J.

Isis Projects P/L v Clarence Street Ltd No2 [2004] Adj.L.R. 03/29
BCISPA 1999 (NSW) - Amendments - BCISPAA 2002 - Whether the Act now requires the respondent upon receiving a payment claim to set out any objection it may have to the claim in a payment schedule, failing which the respondent is liable to pay the claim irrespective of entitlement - Application for summary judgment - Whether General Steel principles apply where the parties final rights are reserved. New South Wales Supreme Court. 29th March 2004.
by Einstein J :

Isis Projects P/L v Clarence Street P/L No1 [2004] Adj.L.R. 02/23
Summary judgment application pursuant to Pt 15 r 2 SCR - motion dismissed. - Contract Law - Construction contract - progress claims issued pursuant to BCISPA. Whether payment claims could be made between practical completion and the expiration of the defects liability period. No triable issue. Whether progress claims were supported by the evidence : Triable issue - whether progress claims made in conravention of s13(5) of the Act. No triable issue. New South Wales Supreme Court : 23rd February 2004
by Master Macready :

Isis Projects P/L v Clarence Street P/L No3 [2004] Adj.L.R. 08/13
BCISPA 1999 (NSW) - where defendant paid part of one progress claim and none of another - whether plaintiff entitled to recover amounts unpaid as a debt - where progress claims identified work by single line item references - whether progress claims identified the construction work to which they related - waiver etc. New South Wales Supreme Court : 13th August 2004.
by McDougall J :

J & Q Investments P/L v ZS Constructions (NSW) P/L No2 [2008] Adj.L.R. 08/20
Stay pending appeal - BCISPA 1999. Failed application. Court of Appeal, Supreme Court New South Wales. 20th August 2008.
by BELL JA.

J & Q Investments P/L v ZS Constructions (NSW) P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 07/30
BCISPA 1999 – whether adjudicator denied party natural justice by failing to consider portions of adjudication response – whether failure to exercise powers in good faith – whether adequate reasons given for valuation of claim. 30th July 2008
by McDougall J.

JAR Developments P/L v Castleplex P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 07/10
Service in accordance with s 109X Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and s 31 Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 - effect - whether determination of adjudicator void. 10th July 2007
by Rein AJ.

JBK Engineering P/L v Brick & Block Co P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 03/01
Application to refuse leave to re-open interlocutory order refused. Supreme Court, New South Wales, Equity Division, 1st March 2007
by Einstein J.

JBK Engineering, Design & Construction P/L v Brick & Block Co P/L No1 [2006] Adj.L.R. 11/14
Strike out : Three unsuccessful challenges to adjudication decisions. In the absence of assertions in withholding notice, there is no requirement for the adjudicator to determine the validity of claims for progress payments. 14th November 2006
by Einstein J.

JBK Engineering, Design & Construction P/L v Brick & Block Co P/L No2 [2006] Adj.L.R. 11/24
BCISPA 1999 (NSW), Proper construction of words "final determination of the proceedings" as used in s 25(4)(b. 24th November 2006
by Einstein J.

Jem Developments P/L & Pacifico Holdings P/L v Hansen Yuncken P/L & Sam Wilson [2006] Adj.L.R. 10/18
Act 1999, Proper construction of s 25 (4) of BCISPA, Meaning of words "commences proceedings to have the judgment set aside", Whether a respondent to an application under the Act against whom a judgment debt following a determination has been entered, may albeit eschewing making an application to have the judgment set aside, seek any and if so what form of declaratory and associated relief challenging the validity of the determination. 18th October 2006
by Einstein J.

Jem Number Two P/L v St Hilliers P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 03/29
Application to set aside statutory demands under s459G of the Corporations Act. Demands relate to adjudication under BCISPA 1999 (NSW). Consideration of offsetting claims based upon Superintendent's certificate issued under contract. - Demand set aside. Supreme Court, New South Wales. Equity Division. 29th February 2007.
by Associate Justice Macready.

Jemzone v Trytan [2002] Adj.L.R. 05/07
Corporation - statutory demand - genuine dispute and offsetting claim - proprietor claims variation credits & compensation for delay - genuine dispute or offsetting claim established ?Building & Construction - statutory entitlement to make payment claim for progress payment - invoice for final account held not to be claim for progress payment - requirements for valid payment claim under BCISPA 1999 (NSW): Supreme Court of New South Wales. 7th May 2002
by Austin J :

John Goss Projects v Leighton Contractors P/L & Philip Davenport [2006] Adj.L.R. 08/14
An adjudicator valued construction work - whether subsequent adjudicator bound by s 22(4) BCISPA 1999 to value that work accordingly - adjudicator decided that obiter dicta in Supreme Court judgment incorrect - issue not advanced by either party - no notice to parties - whether material to adjudicator's determination - natural justice - good faith - application of Brodyn v Davenport - double jeopardy & abuse of process - notice as precondition of claims - declaration - whether clause conflicts with s13(4) & void. 14th August 2006
by McDougall J.

John Holland P/L v Cardno MBK (NSW) P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 04/20
Challenge to determination of adjudicator under the BCISPA Act 1999 : scheme dictates that the adjudication response cannot include any reasons for withholding payment unless included in the payment schedule - S20(2B): Adjudicator does not have the power to consider materials supplied by a claimant in its adjudication application which go outside the materials provided in the payment claim. Supreme Court of New South Wales. 20th April 2004
by Einstein J :

John Holland P/L v Made Contracting P/L : Victor Lin : Mediate Today P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 04/28
Withdrawal of adjudication application; Procedure for adjudication under BCISPA 1999 – whether withdrawal of adjudication application valid – whether adjudicator failed to determine adjudication application – whether entitlement to make new adjudication application established – whether claimant estopped from making new application – whether adjudicator’s determination of new application void – statutory construction. Supreme Court, New South Wales. Equity Division. 28th April 2008.
by Nicholas J.

John Holland P/L v Road Traffic Authority of New South Wales & Sean O'Sullivan [2006] Adj.L.R. 11/17
Particular Tribunals or bodies - BCISPA 1999 - Adjudicator's determination - Whether adjudicator failed to consider a submission in an adjudication application - Whether a denial of natural justice - Whether determination void. 17th November 2006.
by Gzell J.

John Holland P/L v Roads & Traffic Authority of New South Wales [2007] Adj.L.R. 02/26
Progress payments - Claim under BCISPA - Adjudication - Whether submissions of respondent "duly made" - Whether adjudicator was required to consider them - Whether determination of adjudicator invalid because of failure to comply with s.22 of the Act, lack of good faith or denial of natural justice. Supreme Court of New South Wales. Court of Appeal. 26th February 2007
by Beazley JA; Hodgson JA; Basten JA.

John Holland P/L v RTA of New South Wales No2 [2007] Adj.L.R. 06/18
Construction contract retention mechanism - in course of works adjudicated amounts (BCISPA 1999) paid - principal disputed adjudicator\\\'s determinations - claimed to recover the adjudicated amounts - decision that partial release not just and equitable because of outstanding dispute over adjudicated amounts - whether retention for a purpose not within contractual purposes of holding security - contractual mechanisms could result in contractor having to pay to principal amounts of the adjudicated amounts - was within purpose of securing satisfaction of contractors obligations - no inconsistency with BCISPA. 18th June 2007
by Giles JA; Tobia JA; McColl J.A.

John Holland v Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales [2006] Adj.L.R. 09/05
Practical completion achieved - contract provides for partial release of security at principal's discretion - whether principal entitled to retain all security until amount owing in final payment schedule paid - principals duty to act in good faith or reasonably - compliance - relationship between superintendent's assessment of final claims at expiration of defects liability period & s34 BCISPA 1999. 5th September 2006.
by McDougall J.

Josesph Musico v Philip Davenport No1 [2003] Adj.L.R. 08/07
Whether adjudicator in making that adjudication erred in law on the face of the record or, otherwise, so acted as to give rise to quasi-prerogative relief. Common Law Div. Supreme Court New South Wales. 7th August 2003.
by Greg James J.

Karimbla Construction v Alliance Group Building [2003] Adj.L.R. 07/09
Corporations - winding up - statutory demand - application to set aside - genuine dispute based on BCISPA shown - allegation of such dispute not shown in any way by s.459G(3) affidavit - offsetting claim also alleged - widely differing amounts attached by serving party to claims for unliquidated damages - whether precise amount necessary when all asserted figures greatly exceed debt claimed by statutory demand. Supreme Court in New South Wales : 9th July 2003.
by Barrett J :

Katherine P/L (1) Seduce Group Australia P/L (2) v The CCD Group P/L (1) Ian Hillman (2) [2008] Adj.L.R. 02/18
Enforcement - unconscionable Katherine Pty Limited v The CCD Group Pty Ltd [2008] NSWSC 131.
BCISPA 1999 – adjudication determination – judgment founded on adjudication certificate – restraint of enforcement of determination or judgment where unconscionability – Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth), s51AA and s51AC. SC NSW 18th February 2008
by McDougall J

Kell & Rigby P/L v Guardian International Properties P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 05/30
BCISPA : consequence of failure to provide a notice under s 17(2) of the Act before filing adjudication application - whether filing adjudication application without providing notice under s 17(2) of the Act amounts to an election under s 15(2)(a)(ii) of the Act - whether the plaintiff is precluded from bringing proceedings. [2007] NSWSC 554. 30th May 2007
by Bergin J.

Kembla Coal & Coke P/L v Select Civil P/L & David Campbell-Williams [2004] Adj.L.R. 07/23
BCISPA 1999 - whether adjudication determination should be quashed - jurisdictional error - jurisdictional fact - whether adjudicator in jurisdictional error by determining amount due where no reference date to which payment claim related - whether defects liability period commenced "on" date of practical completion or "from" date of practical completion. etc. New South Wales Supreme Court 23 July 2004
by McDougall J

Kevin Lucas & KDL Building P/L v Robert Montgomery [2008] Adj.L.R. 07/15
Slip rule - Can joint judgment against two defendants be corrected to separate judgments against each? - Stay pending appeal - Capacity of defendant to pay. [2008] NSWDC 207. 15th July 2008
by Cogswell SC DCJ.

Kidnie (Jeanette A) v Wolfies Plumbing Services P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 04/04
Lump sum or day rates for plumbing services : Adjudication or tribunal. Attempt to recover monies paid out in compliance with adjudication decision. Held : In absence of written contract burden of proof fell on home owner to prove existence of a lump sum contract - evidence pointed to day rates. Consumer Trader & Tenancy Tribunal : Home Building Division : 4th April 2007
by J Bordon :

Lanskey Construction P/L v Noxequin P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 11/03
Determination under the BCISPA 1999. Failure of Adjudicator to consider submissions of plaintiff. Adjudication determining part of the matter on a basis not presented by the parties for determination. Adjudicator's failure to engage in a bona fide exercise of power and to accord the parties natural justice. Determination declared void. NSWSC : 3rd November 2005.
by Associate Justice Macready :

Leighton Contractors P/L v Campbelltown Catholic Club Ltd [2003] Adj.L.R. 12/03
BCISPA 1999 : Consideration of interrelationship of sundry provisions & analysis of principal's claimed entitlement to commence separate proceedings and/or to avoid summary judgment by invoking discretionary considerations. Supreme Court NSW : 3rd December 2003.
by Einstein J :

Lifese P/L v Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd [2008] Adj.L.R. 02/13
Contracts - Building Contract - Builder\'s claim for unpaid money - Effect of subsequent adjudication. New South Wales District Court. 13th February 2008
by Goldring DCJ.

Lifestyle Retirement Projects No 2 P/L v Parisi Homes P/L & Mediate Today P/L No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 04/22
Plaintiff alleges facts which, if proved, would result in invalidity of adjudication under BCISPA 1999 - Plaintiff seeks interlocutory injunction restraining any further step in adjudication process until final hearing of question of validity. NSWSC : 22nd April 2005.
by Palmer J :

Lifestyle Retirement Projects No 2 P/L v Parisi Homes P/L No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 07/11
Winding up - whether bona fide dispute exists as to existence of debt - appropriateness of deciding legal question on which the alleged dispute depends - remuneration - payment claim under BCISPA 1999 - whether service of Payment Claim within 12 months after construction work was last carried out is a "basic and essential requirement" to validity of an adjudication determination. NSWSC : 11th July 2005.
by Campbell J :

Lucas Stuart P/L v Council of the City of Sydney No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 08/23
BCISPA 1999 - Purpose of the Act - Plaintiff builder & defendant local government council - Builder serves payment claim on council - Council fails to serve a payment schedule on builder within specified time - Builder seeks summary judgment - Council claims payment claim served in context of misleading & deceptive conduct - Council claims builder estopped from relying on payment claim - No arguable case - Summary judgment awarded. NSWSC : 23rd August 2005.
by Einstein J :

Lucas Stuart P/l v Council of the City of Sydney No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 09/13
Practice & procedure ? Stay of execution - Whether judge at first instance should exercise power to grant stay when Court of Appeal has refused stay upon terms. NSWSC : 13th September 2005.
by Palmer J :

Lucindole P/L v Homer and Jim?s Painting Service (Tenancy) [2006] Adj.L.R. 09/29
Recovery of moneys by contractor against sub-contractor for incomplete and defective work. Adjudication claim commenced : cross action to tribunal. Jurisdiction. 29th September 2006.
by L. LeCompte. Member Consumer Trader & Tenancy Tribunal. 29th September 2006.

M & L Watson P/L t/a BBR Designs v Rilsung P/L [2003] Adj.L.R. 02/24
Leave to appeal - 1st instance discretionary costs judgment - trial judge did not follow ordinary rule that costs follow the event - whether novelty of BCSPA a relevant factor in exercising discretion to not make a costs order - no matter of principle involved - quantum of damages not yet ascertained but clearly significantly below the statutory threshold. Court of Appeal, Supreme Court NSW. 24th February 2003.
by Meagher JA; Giles JA; Santow JA :

Majeed v Mahmud [2008] Adj.L.R. 01/30
Procedure – judgments and orders – setting aside – where judgment given in absence of party. Supreme Court New South Wales, Equity Division, Expedition List. 30th January
by BRERETON J.

Masterton Homes P/L v Executive Builders & Developers P/L [2003] Adj.L.R. 10/10
Vendor & purchasor - sale off the plan - entitlement to rescind where not registered in time available - Purchaser obtained interlocutory injunction to restrain rescission where prima facie case that Vendor in breach of contractual obligation to do whatever is reasonably necessary: 2000 Edition cl.29. Supreme Court in New South Wales. 10th October 2003
by Bryson J.

Masterton Homes P/L v Palm Assets P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 04/01
Rectification – evidence - admissibility. Contract - Construction and interpretation of contracts - Equity - Rectification - General principles - Requirement of clear and convincing proof of a common intention inconsistent with the words deliberately employed - Evidence - Admissibility of post-contract communications - Admissibility of post-contract admissions - Distinction between evidence admissible upon construction of contract as opposed to rectification - Contract under consideration set out in undertaking given to the Court - Onus of proof. Supreme Court, New South Wales, Equity Division, Commercial List. 1st April 2008
by Einstein J;

Max Cooper & Sons (Builders) v M&E Booth & Sons P/L [2003] Adj.L.R. 11/14
Corporations Law. Application to set aside statutory demand. Demand based upon judgment pursuant to an adjudicator's determination under the BCISPA 1999. Whether a contractural ofsetting claim can be used to set aside the demand. Estoppel whether adjudicator's decision give rise to res judicata. New South Wales Supreme Court 14th November 2003
by Master Macready

Maximo Filipe v. Inscope Solutions P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 11/11
Progress payments - Judgment - Does not determine final rights of parties. Court of Appeal Supreme Court NSW. 11th November 2004.
by Hodgson JA ; Bryson JA.

McLaughlin's Family Restaurant v Cordukes Ltd [2004] Adj.L.R. 12/20
Stay of execution of judgment pending an appeal - payment claim under BCISPA 1999 - no payment schedule - judgment obtained in District Court - appeal on ground payment claim served out of time because remedial work was not construction work to which the payment claim related - difficult argument on appeal - no evidence payment of judgment sum would cause, hardship - stay refused. Court of Appeal. New South Wales. 20th December 2004.
by Giles JA.

MD Webster Constructions P/L v Rhinosteel P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 03/03
Appeal of local court registrar's decision - set aside default judgment : appeal dismissed : The plaintiff is to pay the defendant's costs as agreed or assessed. New South Wales Supreme Court : 3rd March 2004.
by Master Harrison :

Michael John Smith t/a Michael Smith Constructions v Avibe P/L : J & S Heddle P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 12/08
Charge in contract invalid : Conveyancing - Caveat- Extension- Money owed to builder for work done- Building contract for residential building purported to create charge over property at moment of contract- Act generally avoiding creation of charges- Significance of "hereby charges", "subject to the Act"- Charge not valid- Extension of caveat refused. Equity Division. Supreme Court NSW. 8th December 2006
by Young CJ in Eq.

Minister for Commerce v Contrax Plumbing [2004] Adj.L.R. 09/13
BCISPA 1999 - whether adjudicator erred in law in his construction of s34 of the Act - failed to determine defendant's entitlement in accordance with the terms of the contract - erred in reaching his determination on a basis not advanced by defendant in its payment claim - committed jurisdictional error by not considering the plaintiff's response to matters advanced by defendant for 1st time - whether relief should be withheld on discretionary grounds. NSW Supreme Court. 13th September 2004
by McDougall J :

Minister for Commerce v Contrax Plumbing (NSW) P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 05/06
Progress payments - BCISPA - Adjudicator's determination - Matters for consideration of adjudicator - Alleged error in construction of contract - Alleged error in application of s.34 of the Act - Whether such errors could invalidate determination. NSWCA. 6th May 2005
by Hodgson JA ; Bryson JA ; Brownie AJA :

Mohd Farok Abdul Majeed v Dato Onn Mahmud [2007] Adj.L.R. 12/13
Payment schedule. Security of Payment – where no payment schedule – disallowance of amounts apparently not in respect of construction work or related services. SC NSW 13 December 2007
by BRERETON J

MPM Constructions P/L v Trepcha Constructions P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 02/18
BCISPA 1999 - progress payment - adjudication application - adjudication determination made out of time - whether adjudication determination made out of time invalid. New South Wales Supreme Court : 18th February 2004.
by McDougall J :

Multiplex Constructions P/L v Jan Luikens & Lahey Detailed Joinery P/L [2003] Adj.L.R. 12/04
Whether the determination of an adjudicator under the BCISPA 1999 is open to judicial review - whether an adjudication may be reviewed for error of law on the face of the record - the extent of an adjudicator's jurisdiction - what must be disclosed by a payment schedule under the Act - whether there were errors of law going to jurisdiction - whether whole Determination must be quashed - discretionary considerations as to granting of relief - consequences where Determination quashed. Supreme Court NSW. 4th December 2003.
by Palmer J :

Multipower Corporation P/L v S & H Electrics P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 07/10
Whether adjudicator addressed wrong question, failed to consider relevant material or considered irrelevant material - whether adjudication application made outside time as per s 17(3) BCISPA 1999 - whether time limit is "basic & essential" requirement - whether failure vitiates determination - COSTS - whether costs follow event.10th July 2006
by McDougall J.

Musico v Davenport No2 [2003] Adj.L.R. 10/31
Whether the determination of an adjudicator under the BCISPA 1999 is open to judicial review and upon what grounds - whether there were errors of law, jurisdictional errors or denial of natural justice - whether discretionary reasons for refusal of relief. Supreme Court of New South Wales. 31st October 2003
by HHJ McDougall :

Nepean Engineering P/L v Total Process Services P/L (In Liquidation) [2005] Adj.L.R. 05/05
Progress payments - BCISPA - Payment claims - Requirement of identification of work - Consequences of deficient identification - Whether payment claim a nullity - Whether, in absence of a payment schedule, a payment claim purporting to identify the work can support a cause of action under s.15 of the Act - Whether summary judgment available. NSWCA. 5th May 2005
by Hodgson JA ; Santow JA ; Ipp JA :

Nikolic (Damien & Giorgio) v Oladaily P/L ; Tri Vo ; Hahn Vo [2007] Adj.L.R. 09/21
Construction and Interpretation - implication of terms - inconsistency with express terms - whether contract a fixed price or a do and charge contract - where variations occurred - whether extent and nature of work known with sufficient precision at time of contracting - contract for building work - RESTITUTION - where valid contract exists - subsidiarity doctrine - no evidence that appellant paid for work done - where work done paid by company associated with appellants. 21st September 2007
by Mason P ; Campbell JA ; Handley AJA.

No 96 Factory Bargains v Kershel P/L [2003] Adj.L.R. 03/13
Corporations - winding up - application for order setting aside statutory demand - alleged genuine dispute & offsetting claim for misleading or deceptive conduct. Supreme Court of New South Wales. 13th March 2003.
by Barrett J:

Okaroo P/L v Vos Construction and Joinery P/L, Gerald Raftesath & LEADR [2005] Adj.L.R. 02/11
BCISPA 1999 (NSW) - whether adjudication determination void - whether adjudicator made jurisdictional error in determining existence of a construction contract as defined in s 4 of the Act - whether there was an arrangement which was a construction contract - statutory scheme for entitlement to, liability for, and recovery of, a progress payment regardless of provision of relevant construction contract. NSWSC : 11th February 2005.
by Nicholas J :

Ontrac Constructions P/L v BHCF P/L (No 2) [2008] Adj.L.R. 06/11
Security of payment - judgment set aside - costs - refund of monies paid under judgment. New South Wales District Court 11th June 2008
by Sidis DCJ

Ontrac Constructions P/L v BHCF P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 05/16
Security of payment - content of valid payment claim - service of payment claim. District Court, New South Wales. 16th May 2008
by Sidis DCJ :

Over Fifty Mutual Friendly Society Ltd v Smithies [2007] Adj.L.R. 04/02
BCISPA 1999, Act inappropriate to construction contracts [as defined] forming part of a loan agreement with a recognised financial institution, claim for interlocutory relief, whether statutory scheme can be outflanked by application for declaratory relief, challenge to adjudication determinations under the Act , No serious case shown to justify engaging of balance of convenience parameter. 2nd April 2007
by Einstein J.

Ozy Homewares v Wesgordon [2007] Adj.L.R. 08/13
Set aside statutory demand – some other reason. Application under s 459G of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) to set aside statutory demand – Demand relates to summary judgment obtained in Local Court pursuant to s 15 BCISPA 1999 (NSW) which precluded applicant from bringing cross-claim or raising defence to claim – Applicant has appealed judgment and disputes debt – Whether debt is res judicata precluding genuine dispute as to existence of debt where applicant prevented from putting cross-claim or defence and s 32 of the Act allows for restitution following judgment – Whether “some other reason why the demand should be set aside” under s 459J(1)(b) of the Corporations Act given the circumstances – Whether money should be paid into Court under s 459M of the Corporations Act as pre-condition to setting aside demand – Statutory demand set aside without imposition of condition that money be paid into Court : Decision: Statutory demand set aside. SC NSW 13th August 2007
by HAMMERSCHLAG J

P & T Meyer v Cessnock Commercial & Home Design Consultants P/L t/a Brian Burston Building Design Consultant [2005] Adj.L.R. 05/20
Application of the BCISPA before the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal of New South Wales. Held procedure to assert a claim / defence before a court etc not follwed. Default non-payment sums not now due by virtue of the Act. W 20th April 2005
by J Tearle. Member Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal.

Pacific General Securities Ltd v Soliman & Sons P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 04/14
BCISPA 1999 - Where injunction sought to restrain enforcement of adjudication determination - Whether failure to comply with basic and essential requirement of the Act - Whether denial of natural justice - Whether notice of acceptance of application served on plaintiffs - No question of principle. NSWSC : 14th April 2005.
by McDougall J :

Pacific General Securities Ltd v Soliman & Sons P/L [2006] Adj.L.R 01/31
Adjudication ? Determinations ? Judicial review ? minimum requirements for validity ? whether 12-month limit for serving a claim is a basic and essential requirement non-compliance with which results in invalidity ? held it is not : whether adjudicator failed to have regard to relevant submissions - held adjudicator rightly did not have regard to submissions ? Supreme Court NSW : 31st January 2006.
by Brereton J :

Pacific Islands Express P/L v Empire Building Development P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 06/12
Corporation - winding up in insolvency - statutory demand - requirement for an affidavit supporting an application to set aside a demand - failure to satisfy \"Graywinter principle\" - whether court may extend period for compliance with demand. BCISPA 1999 (NSW), ss 23, 24, 25, 32. Supreme Court, New South Wales, Equity Division Corporations List. 12th June 2008.
by Austin J.

Parist Holdings P/L v WT Partnership Australia P/L [2003] Adj.L.R. 05/05
Adjudication. Whether Adjudicator acted ultra vires in adjudication and determination - whether Adjudicator's determination a nullity - whether payment claim is foundation of jurisdiction of Adjudicator - whether serious issues to be tried - whether Defendant entitled to declarations and summary judgment : HELD: Defendant entitled to recover adjudicated amount from Plaintiff as debt due to it and to summary judgment. Supreme Court of New South Wales. 5th May 2003
by Nicholas J :

Pasquale Lucchitti t/a Palluc Enterprises v Tolco P/L [2003] Adj.L.R. 11/07
Injunctions - Whether the First Defendant should be restrained from taking any steps in relation to an adjudication determined by the Second Defendant in respect of a dispute between itself and the Plaintiffs - Whether adjudicator exceeded his jurisdiction in determining the dispute under the BCISPA Act 1999 (NSW). New South Wales Supreme Court : 7th November 2003
by Bergin J :

Paynter Dixon Constructions P/L v JF & CG Tilston P/L [2003] Adj.L.R. 07/02
Plaintiff would rather have pursued the application for the declarations sought under the summons that the appointment of the 2nd defendant as adjudicator was invalid or null and void, and a declaration that the application made by the first defendant in relation to the adjudication was also null and void. The plaintiff seeks a permanent restraint on the first and second defendants. Equity Div. Supreme Court New South Wales. 2nd July 2003.
by Bergin J.

Paynter Dixon Constructions P/L v J F & C G Tilston P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 02/26
Administrative Law - decision of adjudicator appointed under the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) - order in the nature of certiorari sought - held no jurisdictional error on part of adjudicator. - Trade Practices - misleading or deceptive conduct - whether attachment to payment claim constituted misleading or deceptive conduct - held no misleading or deceptive conduct. Equity Div. Supreme Court New South Wales. 26th February 2004.
by Master Macready.

Paynter Dixon Constructions P/L v JF & CG Tilston P/L & Ian Hillman No2 [2003] Adj.L.R. 09/25
Statutory adjudication : progress payments - Application for injunction permanently restraining an adjudication - validity of adjudicator's appointment - Whether adjudicator has jurisdiction : claim conceded to be appropriately made under s13 BCISPA, but also included a contentious claim for damages or loss of profits for alleged wrongful repudiation of a contract. Supreme Court NSW : 25th September 2003.
by Bergin J :

Peninsula Balmain P/L v Abigroup Contractors P/L No1 [2002] Adj.L.R. 07.03
Australian Standard General Conditions of Contract AS2124-1992 - Position of superintendent - Whether agent of principal - Whether power to extend time continues after termination of contract - Whether builder's entitlement to payment for variation depended on compliance with clause 40.2 : Misleading conduct - Must be apt to mislead in some non-trivial respect - Non-disclosure by principal of agreement with superintendent. Court of Appeal, New South Wales. 3th July 2002.
by Mason P : Stein JA : Hodgson JA :

Peninsula Balmain P/L v Abigroup Contractors P/L No2 [2002] Adj.L.R. 08/19
Contracts ? Building, engineering and related contracts - Agreement that terms of General Conditions prevail over terms of Tender - Whether provision for "reasonable rates and prices" in General Conditions displaces quantification in Tender. Supplementary Judgment in Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales, 19th August 2002
by Mason P ; Stein JA ; Hodgson JA :

Perform (NSW) P/L v Mev-Aus P/L t/a Novatec Construction Systems [2008] Adj.L.R. 08/19
BCISPA 1999 - Whether s14(3) of the Act permits incorporation by reference into a payment schedule - Whether respondent’s payment schedule indicated, within the meaning of s14(4) of the Act as reasons for withholding payment, the reasons contained in an anterior payment schedule - Whether the Adjudicator made an error of a character that was within his jurisdiction - Whether the Adjudicator’s findings constitute a failure by the Adjudicator to comply with the requirements contained in s.22(2)(d) of the Act - Whether Adjudicator denied natural justice - Whether the Adjudicator failed in good faith to exercise the power to make an adjudication. Supreme Court New South Wales Equity Division T&C List 19th August 2008
by Einstein J :

Peter\'s of Kensington P/L v Seersucker P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 08/19
Whether contract for provision of architectural services was a construction contract – whether payment claim complied with requirements of s13(2) BCISPA 1999 – whether adjudicator’s decision on sufficiency of information in payment claim is open to review. NSWSC. 19th August 2008
by McDougall J.

Plaza West P/L v Simon\'s Earthworks (NSW) P/L [2008] |Adj.L.R. 07/15
BCISPA s9(a) - Requirement that progress payment be calculated in accordance with the terms of the contract - adjudicator determines amount to be calculated by reference to a provision which is a mechanics provision rather than according to criteria set by contract - approach to calculation a matter for adjudicator - adjudication determination not invalid even if adjudicator makes error of law provided he makes bona fide attempt to exercise the power conferred by the Act - no denial of natural justice by adjudicator in not dealing with further submissions of respondent where to do so is unnecessary by reason of acceptance of claimant\'s primary submission - adjudication valid - claimant obtains judgment in District Court based on adjudication - respondent seeks repayment of part alleged to be liability of claimant to sub-contractor where respondent alleges it paid sub-contractor directly - failure to establish fact of payment - properly matter for cross claim under s 32(3)(b) of the Act - or matter for District Court with respect to its own judgment. NSWSC 15th July 2008
by Hammerschlag J :

Precision Flooring P/L v Tricon Projects P/L (Home Building) [2005] Adj.L.R. 04/02
Jurisdiction : Related to the Ziade v Tricon Adjudication : Was this the same issue - did this action amount to double jeopardy. Held : No - separate dispute : Jurisdiction to hear the dispute. Set down for 1 hour hearing. 2nd April 2005
by W J Tearle Member. Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal.

Probuild P/L v Blazevic Holdings P/L t/a Kross Interiors [2006] Adj.L.R. 04/20
Progress payment claim for variations - no express provision with respect to reference date - no payment schedule - dispute as to month in which the construction work was first carried out - no error in point of law. Associate Supreme Court NSW. 20th April 2006
by Justice Malpass :

Procorp Civil P/L v Napoli Excavations & Contracting P/L No1 [2006] Adj.L.R. 03/29
Challenge to Adjudication Determination - Task of Adjudicator to determine the claimant?s entitlement within the framework of the dispute propounded by the parties - Significance of provision preventing a respondent from including in the adjudication response, any reasons for withholding payment unless those reasons have already been included in payment schedule - Slip rule power of District Court - Supreme Court NSW : 29th March 2006.
by Einstein J :

Procorp Civil P/L v Napoli Excavations & Contracting P/L No2 [2006] Adj.L.R. 04/21
Practice and Procedure - BCISPA 1999 - Moneys paid into Court as security - Interlocutory position pending appeal. Equity Div. Supreme Court NSW. 21st April 2006.
by Einstein J.

Procorp Civil P/L v Napoli Excavations & Contracting P/L No3 [2006] 05/09
Practice - appeal- whether stay should be granted on late application and on incomplete material. Court of Appeal. Supreme Court NSW. 9th May 2006.
by Hodgson JA.

Procorp Civil P/L v Napoli Excavations & Contracting P/L No4 [2006] Adj.L.R. 06/13
Practice - appeal- Security for costs - Whether corporation challenging adjudication determination under BCISPA Act 1999 is in substance a plaintiff - Whether special circumstances need to be shown - Whether special circumstances shown. NSWCA. 13th June 2006.
by Hodgson JA.

Project Architecture P/L v Peter\'s of Kensington P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 03/05
Claim under BCISPA 1999 - Application for Summary Judgment - Relevant principles - Whether triable issue of fact or law had been disclosed - Whether party raising triable issue of fact required to cross-examine opposing party. New South Wales District Court. 5th March 2008
by Rolfe DCJ.

Property & Equity Developments P/L v John Parnell & Bowdens Groups Australia P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 11/12
BCISPA 1999 - when payment claim may be served - time when "the construction work to which the claim relates was last carried out", within meaning of s13(4)(b). New South Wales Supreme Court : 12th November 2004.
by Campbell J :

Prynew P/L v Piling Contractors (Qld) P/L & National Australia Bank Ltd [2005] Adj.L.R. 11/25
Adjudication determination under BCISPA 1999 - security for payment - continuation of legal proceedings : Interpretation : - general rules of construction of instruments. NSWSC. 25th November 2005
by Lloyd AJ :

QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd v Quasar Constructions (NSW) P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 06/06
Building and Construction - report of Referee - errors alleged in report, some conceded, others disputed - disputed findings open to Referee on the evidence - not demonstrated that Referee misapprehended the evidence, or made perverse findings - reasons of Referee adequate - Practice & Procedure - Court appointed Referee - procedure on delivery of report to Court - whether Referees report should be adopted, rejected or varied. 8th June 2007.
by Johnstone DCJ.

QBE Workers Compensation (NSW) Ltd v G J Formwork P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 02/27
Corporations - winding up - proposed compromise by liquidator - whether relevant claim "debt" - no need to determine precise nature of claim - compromise proposed on advice of lawyers - liquidator in any event without funds - approval granted and direction made. Equity Div. Supreme Court NSW. 27th February 2006.
by Barrett J.

Quasar Constructions NSW P/L v A J Stockman P/L, Tony Veghelyi & Australian Solutions Centre [2004] Adj.L.R. 03/04
Judicial review of determination of adjudicator under BCISPA - whether jurisdictional error of law - requirement that adjudicator have regard to contract price in assessing value of work - whether adjudicator exercised judgment. New South Wales Supreme Court : 4th March 2004.
by Barrett J :

Quasar Constructions NSW P/L v Demtech P/L, Damien Michael & Mediate Today P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 03/04
Judicial review of determination of adjudicator under BCISPA - whether jurisdicitonal error of law - unpaid balance of lump sum price awarded as progress payment where contract terminated and part of contracted work incomplete. Supreme Court NSW. 4th March 2004.
by Barrett J :

Rail Infrastructure Corporation v Veghelyi [2004] Adj.L.R. 05/11
BCISPA 1999 - whether effect of s25(4)(a)(iii) is that once a judgment has been obtained, that judgment cannot be attacked on the basis of jurisdictional error in the certificate which led to the entry of the judgment. New South Wales Supreme Court. 11th May 2004
by Campbell J :

Reed Constructions Australia Ltd v DM Fabrications P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 10/23
Priority of enforcement judgement. Voluntary administration - deed of company arrangement - where deed refers to obviously incorrect date - whether correct date may be substituted as a matter of construction - statutory force and effect of deed indicate rectification by order under s.447A - CORPORATIONS - deed of company arrangement - substantive application for order terminating or avoiding deed - application for interlocutory injunction restraining enforcement of judgment against subject company - where company had judgment created by BCISPA - where judgment debtor asserted greater claim provable under deed of company arrangement - operation of s.553C. SC. NSW. 23rd October 2007
by BARRETT J :

Reiby Street Apartments P/L v Winterton Constructions P/L & George Zakos [2005] Adj.L.R. 06/15
Adjudication determination - progress payment pursuant to the BCISPA 1999 ? party requested a review of the Master Building Association?s nomination of adjudicator on the basis of apprehended bias because of a previous dispute ? whether there was apprehended bias ? whether party is estopped from seeking an order of certiorari having made an election by continuing. Held : apprehended bias and that determination was void. NSWSC. 16th June 2005.
by Master Macready

Reiby Street Apartments P/L v Winterton Constructions P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 05/05
Whether adjudicator failed to consider plaintiff?s payment schedule & adjudication response ? & if so erred : committed jurisdictional error, failed to act bona fide, or failed to afford plaintiff natural justice ? Whether adjudication determination void ? S20(2B) & 22(2) BCISPA 1999. Supreme Court NSW : 5th May 2006.
by White J :

Remo Constructions P/L v Dualcorp P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 11/06
Winding up - statutory demand - two demands by same alleged creditor - applications for orders setting aside demands - originating process contains claim for order in respect of one demand and claim for order in respect of other demand - single alleged offsetting claim advanced as ground for both orders - whether procedure regular. 6th November 2008
by Barrett J.

Richard Shorten v David Hurst Constructions P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 06/18
Contract for construction of residential units, one of which was intended to be the developer’s residence – whether contract excluded under s 7(2)(b) from the operation of BCISPA 1999 (NSW) – Statutory interpretation – use of extrinsic material - Interpretation Act 1987 (NSW) ss 33, 34. Held : only that unit but not the rest. CA. 18th June 2008
by Hodgson JA; Basten JA; Bell JA.

Richard Shorten v David Hurst Constuctions P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 06/05
BCISPA 1999 - Natural justice - Whether denial of natural justice could not possibly have made a difference to the outcome - Materiality - Nullus commodum capere potest de injuria sua propria principle – no one can benefit from their own wrong. Plaintiff entitled to relief setting aside material adjudications determinations because of discrepancies in the notice of adjudication – viz several pages missing. Supreme Court New South Wales, Equity Div, T&C List. 5th June 2008
by Einstein J :

Richard Shorten v David Hurst Constuctions P/L; D.Hurst Constructions v R.W. Shorten [2008] Adj.L.R. 06/17
Practice and procedure - Principles - Claim for costs on indemnity basis - Calderbank letter containing no element of compromise - Principles. Claim for indemnity costs refused. First defendant ordered to pay plaintiffs costs as agreed or assessed. Supreme Court New South Wales, Equity Division T&C List. 17th June 2008
by Einstein J.

Roads & Traffic Authority of New South Wales v John Holland P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 07/03
BCISPA 1999 ? Submissions made 1st time in Adjudication Response rejected s22(2)(d) ? Whether failure rendered decision void ? Whether submissions as to jurisdiction of Adjudicator under the Act must be considered pursuant to s222)(a) & (b) ? Whether failure to consider submission vitiating error as per Brodyn v Davenport. Jurisdiction of Adjudicator to hear payment EOT claim displacing superintendent ? discretionary grounds for relief. NSW. 3rd July 2006.
by Associate Justice Macready.

Rojo Building P/L v Jillcris P/L No1 [2006] Adj.L.R. 04/18
Application for summary judgment - Failure of respondent to serve payment schedule within time delimited by s14 - Applicant given election to proceed to obtain judgment or to proceed to adjudication - Having elected to proceed to adjudication, claimant has waived anterior right to obtain judgment - Practice and Procedure - Application to reopen - Principles. Supreme Court NSW : 18 April 2006
by Einstein J :

Rojo Building P/L v Jillcris P/L No2 [2006] Adj.L.R. 06/22
Estoppel - where Court on hearing (including of application for summary judgment) found pleaded cause of action unsustainable, gave reasons and made orders - where plaintiff has not sought to amend summons to allege alternative cause of action - whether parties estopped from contending to the contrary of orders made - whether matter should be reopened pursuant to UCPR 36.16(1) or inherent power of Court. T&C List. NSW. 22nd June 2006.
by McDougall J.

Rojo Building P/L v Jillcris P/L No3 [2007] Adj.L.R. 03/23
Interlocutory decisions - Whether such as to give rise to estoppels - No order for determination of separate question - No order showing that separate question had been finally determined. Supreme Court NSW. 23rd March 2007
by Mason P; Hodgson JA; Ipp JA.

Rojo Building P/L v Jillcris P/L No4 [2007] Adj.L.R. 07/12
Security of payment - Authority of solicitor to sign payment claim on behalf of claimant - Progress payments - Payment claim served on defendant - Failure of defendant to provide payment schedule within time limited by the Act - Plaintiff serves notice of intention to make adjudication application - Whether plaintiff thereby made any election - Whether open to plaintiff to withdraw any election made. 12th July 2007
by McDougall J.

Rothnere P/L v Quasar Constructions NSW P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 11/26
BCISPA 1999 - whether adjudication determination void - s 22(4) - whether s 22(4) applicable - whether compliance with s 22(4) a fundamental requirement of Act - meaning of "valuation" of construction work in s 22(4) - application of Brodyn v Davenport [2004] NSWCA 394. New South Wales Supreme Court : 26th November 2004.
by McDougall J :

Royal Tiles Constructions P/L v Park View Constructions P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 12/07
BCISPA 1999 - Service of a Payment Claim by fax - Whether fax number was at the ordinary place of business - Practice and Procedure - Summary judgment - No genuine dispute raised by Defence. New South Wales District Court. 7th December 2006
by Johnstone DCJ.

Scope Data Systems v BDO Nelson Parkhill [2003] Adj.L.R. 03/13
Corporation - Winding up - application for order setting aside statutory demand - judgment debt - steps taken to appeal - whether statutory stay of execution, if in force, gives rise to genuine dispute as to existence of debt - whether appeal of itself gives rise to genuine dispute - whether statutory stay of execution represents some other reason why demand should be set aside. Supreme Court NSW. 13th March 2003.
by Barrett J :

Shell Refining (Australia) P/L v A J Mayr Engineering P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 03/06
Whether a determination should be declared void because the adjudicator failed to comply with basic and essential requirements of the BISPA 1999 : Whether adjudicators should include statements in determinations to the effect that it is not to be assumed that matters not mentioned in the determination have not been taken into account. Whether progress claims for goods and services in Victoria are able to be made under the BISPA in NSW. Supreme Court NSW : 6th March 2006.
by HHJ Bergin :

Shell Refining (Australia) P/L v A J Mayr P/L No2 [2006] Adj.L.R. 03/14
Application for revocation of orders made for the payment out of $4,942,716.00 of $11,228,898.63 paid into court pursuant to s25(4)b) BCISPA 1999 as a condition of the grant of a stay - whether the Court has jurisdiction to order stay on condition of payment out of part of the security paid into court - whether legislation intended to fetter the discretion of a judge where dictates of justice require payment out. Supreme Court of NSW. 14th March 2006.
by HHJ Bergin :

Shellbridge P/L v Rider Hunt Sydney P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 11/14
Progress payments - BCISPA - duty of adjudicator to consider submissions as incident of measure of natural justice required by the Act - whether duty discharged. NSWSC : 14th November 2005.
by Barrett J :

Siemens Ltd v Tolco P/L : Tolco P/L v Siemens Ltd [2007] Adj.L.R. 04/04
Judicial review. BCISPA 1999 (NSW). Whether determination by an adjudicator was a bona fide exercise of power or a denial of natural justice. Held no consideration of submission and determination set aside. 4th April 2007
by Associate Justice Macready.

Silvia & Dasein (in liq) v Brodyn P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 03/27
Administration under deed of company arrangement - Proof of debt - Requirement that administrator afford procedural fairness - Extent to which court, on appeal from administrator's decision, limited by particulars of debt given to administrator - Costs - Proceedings in which administrator or liquidator is a defendant - Ordinary rule or practice - Whether grounds existed for departing therefrom. 27th March 2007
by Hodgson JA; Ipp JA; Basten JA.

Solarite Air Conditioning Pty Ltd v York International Australia Pty Ltd [2002] Adj.L.R. 05/14
Corporation - winding up - application to have statutory demand set aside - low threshhold applicable in such cases discussed - demand set aside. Supreme Court of New South Wales. 14th May 2002.
by Barrett J :

Springs Golf Club P/L v Profile Golf P/L & William Donald Mawney Taylor No1 [2006] Adj.L.R. 05/05
Progress payments - BCISPA - Adjudicator's determination re payment schedule - Whether judicial review available - Whether valid adjudication application had been made - Whether valid payment schedule under the Act. Supreme Court NSW. 28th April 2006.
by His Honour Rein AJ :

Springs Golf Club P/L v Profile Golf P/L (1) & William Donald Mawney Taylor (2) [2006] Adj.L.R. 04/28
BCISPA 1999 (NSW) - Requirement that unsuccessful party having paid unpaid portion of adjudicated amount into Court be ready to proceed if opposing payment out - Impermissible use of subpoena/notice to produce for purposes of fishing to establish whether a basis exists to oppose payment out. Supreme Court NSW : 5th May 2006 ex tempore.
by Einstein J :

Stone Will P/L v CMS Group (NSW) P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 10/15
Application for stay of execution on Judgment based on Determination by Adjudicator entered pursuant to S25 BCISPA 1999 (NSW) – Cross-Claim for an unliquidated sum based on alleged misleading or deceptive representations within the meaning of the Trade Practices Act, 1974 -whether stay should be granted in the circumstances., PROCEDURE – Question of whether Cross-Claim seeking unliquidated damages as a set-off to a Judgment entered pursuant to s.25 BCISPA 1999 (NSW) is procedurally appropriate was not determined as there was no motion before the Court seeking to dismiss the Cross-Claim. 15th October 2008
by Levy SC DCJ.

Taylor Projects Group P/L v Brick Dept P/L No1 [2005] Adj.L.R. 05/05
Claims under BCISPA 1999 (NSW) - Date of service of Payment Claim - Suggested constructive resubmission of Payment Claim - Adjudication held not to have erred - Obiter consideration of whether Determination failed to satisfy one of the essential conditions laid down by the Act. NSWSC : 5th May 2005.
by Einstein J :

Taylor Projects Group P/L v Brick Dept. P/L No2 [2005] Adj.L.R. 06/17
Proceedings by head contractor against subcontractor seeking to impugn a BCISPA 1999 adjudication determination - Agreement that plaintiff would refrain from seeking injunctive relief to prevent determination registration and would pay funds into Court pending final determination - D.Ct proceedings - Decision of Supreme Court that adjudication determination valid - Plaintiff opposes release to defendant of funds. etc. NSWSC : 17th June 2005.
by Einstein J :

Thiess P/L v Lane Cove Tunnel Nominee Co P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 07/04
BCISPA s14(4)(b)(i) & (ii) - whether relevant construction contract requires different time for provision of payment schedule from 10 business days otherwise required. NSWSC 14th July 2008
by Hammerschlag. J.

Timwin Construction P/L v Facade Innovations P/L [2005] Adj.L.R. 06/01
Good faith - meaning of good faith - whether attempt made in good faith by adjudicator to exercise powers under the Act. NSWSC : 1st June 2005.
by McDougall J :

Tolfab Engineering P/L v Tie Fabrications P/L & Anthony Dutton [2005] Adj.L.R. 07/05
Whether the decision of an Adjudicator should be set aside for failure to take into consideration material in the Adjudication Response - failure to give proper and adequate reasons - failure to value the work - resulting in a breach of natural justice, or failure by the Adjudicator to bona fide exercise power. NSWSC : 5th July 2005.
by Associate Justice Macready :

Tombleson (Julianne) v Dancorell Constructions P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 10/12
Application to declare determination void - no application to set aside judgment - BCISPA 1999 - Whether proceedings should be stayed under s 25(4) pending payment of security by the plaintiff - whether stay should be ordered otherwise where pleadings appear to circumvent the intention of the legislation. 12th October 2007.
by Bergin J.

Tooma Constructions P/L v Eaton & Sons P/L [2002] Adj.L.R. 06/11
Application to set aside statutory demand under s 459G of the Corporations Act. Claim that s 14 of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 meant that there was no genuine dispute. Held s 14 did not affect the matter and demand set aside. Equity Div. Supreme Court New South Wales. 11th June 2002.
by Master Macready.

Toorallie v Black [2001] Adj.L.R. 11/28
Corporations - application to set aside statutory demand - whether genuine offsetting claim pursuant to s.459H - debt owed to partnership of three persons - claim for unliquidated damages sought to be offset - allegedly offsetting claim in respect of actions of one of present partners when employee for which all then partners allegedly responsible, including remaining present partners. Supreme Court of New South Wales. 28th November 2001.
by HHJ Barrett :

TQM Design & Construct P/L v Dasein Constructions P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 12/03
BCISPA 1999 - whether adjudication determination void - where dispute as to date adjudication application served and received - natural justice - whether plaintiff denied natural justice in adjudicator taking into account material withheld from plaintiff - whether relief should be denied as matter of discretion when adjudicator considers payment schedule - whether adjudicator thereby taken to have considered whole of party's case. NSWSC : 3rd December 2004.
by McDougall J :

Transgrid v Siemens Ltd & William Timothy Sullivan No1 [2004] Adj.L.R. 02/25
Whether the determination of an adjudicator under the BCISPA 1999 (NSW) is open to judicial review - Order of certiorari sought - discretionary considerations as to the granting of relief - relief refused. Construction contract - progress claims issued pursuant to the BCISPA 1999 (NSW) - Discussion as to whether an adjudictor can exercise the powers of a certifier under the construction contract. Supreme Court of New South Wales. 25th February 2004
by Master Macready :

Transgrid v Siemens Ltd & Timothy Sullivan No2 [2004] Adj.L.R. 11/03
Progress payments - BCISPA - Progress claim - Adjudicator's determination - Grounds for judicial intervention - Calculation of progress payment - Meaning of "amount calculated in accordance with the terms of the contract" where contract provides for certification by superintendent - Discretion. Court of Appeal. Supreme Court NSW. 3rd November 2004.
by Mason P : Giles JA : Hodgson JA.

Transgrid v Walter Construction Group [2004] Adj.L.R. 02/06
Construction contracts - BCISPA 1999 adjudication - whether jurisdiction to review - whether jurisdictional error of law - whether Superintendent's certification binding on adjudicator - whether denial of natural justice. NSW Supreme Court. 6th February 2004
by McDougall J :

Trysams P/L v Club Constructions (NSW) P/L : Ted Smithies : Mediate Today [2008] Adj.L.R. 05/06
BCISPA 1999 – adjudication determination – adjudicator’s consideration of an issue not raised by parties – parties denied opportunity to put submissions on issue – whether issue material to determination – whether denial of natural justice – adjudicator’s failure to consider relevant contractual provisions – power of Court to order adjudicator to reconsider adjudication application. Supreme Court : New South Wales, Equity Div. T&C List. 6th May 2008
by McDougall J :

Trysams P/L v Club Constructions (NSW) P/L No1 [2007] Adj.L.R. 11/01
Natural justice – failure to consider all submissions. Building and construction adjudication pursuant to s 22 BCISPA 1999 – Whether adjudicator breached basic and essential requirements of the Act to consider all submissions duly made – Whether adjudicator failed to make a bona fide attempt to exercise his powers under the Act – Whether plaintiff denied measure of natural justice required under the Act – Nature, gravity and effect of adjudicator’s error relevant : Decision: Adjudicator\'s determination set aside. SC NSW. 1st November 2007
by HAMMERSCHLAG J :

Trysams P/L v Club Constructions (NSW) P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 11/13
Costs of declaration of invalidity of adjudication. Declaration that adjudication determination under BCISPA 1999 (NSW) void – Moneys paid into Court pending proceedings – Whether declaration should be made conditional upon part of the moneys in Court being paid out to unsuccessful defendant : Decision: Declaration that the adjudication determination dated 28 May 2007 of the second defendant void; first defendant to pay plaintiff\'s costs; amount in Court together with any interest accrued thereon to be paid to the plaintiff. SC. NSW 13 November 2007
by HAMMERSCHLAG J

TS Recoveries P/L v Sea-Slip Marinas (Aust) P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 12/07
Winding up - company concedes insolvency - whether winding up proceedings should be dismissed as an abuse of process - whether the court should in its discretion dismiss or adjourn the winding up proceedings. Supreme Court, New South Wales, Equity Division, Corporations List 7th December 2007
by Barrett J :

Tsoukatos v Mustafa [2007] Adj.L.R. 06/15
Claims under BCISPA 1999 (NSW) – Payment claim – Adjudication – Requirements for service of notice – Principles of service – Validity of service of documents addressed to the building of a party’s ordinary place of business as opposed to the precise address of the office within that building. 15th June 2007
by Hall J.

Uszok Peter v Henley Properties (NSW) P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 02/28
Implication of term by custom or usage - whether custom or usage well-known ? whether contrary to express terms of contract - whether adequate reasons for decision given ? fact-finding & expert evidence - whether damage proved ? duty of a trial judge where party unrepresented - New Trial? - whether trial sufficiently unfair to demonstrate miscarriage. Supreme Court of New South Wales. Court of Appeal. 28th February 2007
by Beazley JA; Bryson JA; Basten JA.

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (Australia) P /Lv Kruger Engineering Australia P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 01/19
Entitlement to & recovery of progress payments - payment claim - valuation of delay costs - payment schedule - incomplete or defective works - whether adjudication determination void - natural justice - whether dispute decided on basis for which parties did not contend - s22(2)) - whether adjudicator entitled or required to consider statutory declaration in support of payment schedule. Supreme Court New South Wales, Equity Division 19th January 2007.
by McDougall J.

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (Australia) P/L v Kruger Engineering [No 3] Australia P/L [2007] Adj.L.R. 05/14
Defendant recovered adjudication determination & judgment against plaintiff; defendant subject to deed of company arrangement; plaintiff asserts cross-claim for liquidated damages & defective & incomplete works : plaintiff seeks permanent stay & return of security given by it : whether BCISPA 1999 ceases to apply when contractor or subcontractor becomes insolvent : impact of external administration : where conflict exists between s 25(4) BCISPA & ss 553, 553C Corporations Act : whether refusal of stay will cause irreparable prejudice. 14th May 2007
by McDougall J.

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies v Kruger Engineering Australia P/L No1 [2006] Adj.L.R. 12/06
BCISPA Act 1999 - new payment claim incorporating matters that had been subject to prior adjudication ? plaintiff seeks to restrain adjudication application based on new payment claim ? assertion that prior adjudication determination is void. 6th December 2006.
by McDougall J

Vince Schokman & Carol Schokman v Xception Construction P/L & Barry O'Mara [2005] Adj.L.R. 04/04
S17(2) notice of intent to apply for adjudication served out of time - Adjudication application made out of time - S15(2)(a) makes provision for alternatives of either proceeding to recover claimed amount as a debt in curial proceedings or of making adjudication application - Where claimant elects to seek adjudication determination and adjudication procedures miscarry, claimant cannot revert to seeking judgment in curial proceedings. NSWSC : 4th April 2005.
by Einstein J :

Walter Construction Group Ltd v CPL (Surry Hills) Pty Ltd [2003] Adj.L.R. 04/09
Whether payment claim valid : Whether failure to provide payment schedule attracts liability : Whether entitlement to summary judgment : Whether claim related to construction work : Whether BCISPA 1999 (NSW) applies : Whether payment claim premature : Whether claimant entitled to progress payment : Whether misleading or deceptive. Supreme Court of New South Wales : 9th April 2003.
by Nicholas J :

Walter Construction Group Ltd v Robbins Co [2004] Adj.L.R. 06/18
Mareva orders - dispute under BCISPA 1999 (NSW) - where defendant is a US entity - where work conducted in Australia through a subsidiary - where subsidiary has made substantial losses - where defendant has no assets in Australia & debts owed to it by subsidiary - whether facts reveal a sufficient basis for grant of a Mareva order - whether power to grant a Mareva order enlivened by problems of enforcement. NSWSC : 18th June 2004.
by McDougall J :

Westpoint Management Ltd v Chocolate Factory Apartments Ltd [2007] Adj.L.R. 09/20
Building contract - defective or incomplete work - entitlement to costs of rectificiation - if rectification a reasonable course - consideration of principles derived from Bellgrove v Eldridge - relevance of intention to carry out rectification work or whether it will be carried out - REFEREES REPORT - approach to consideration of adoption. 20th September 2007
by Giles JA; McColl JA ; Campbell JA.

Wooding (Gary) v Brian Eastoe & Maitland Fabrications P/L [2006] Adj.L.R. 04/12
Administrative Law - Jurisdictional error- Statutory adjudicator- Error in wrongly determining contracting parties does not vitiate decision. Equity - Necessity for plain words eliciting clear intention- Equitable assignment of development property does not alter the parties to the contract concerning that property- Statutory adjudicator cannot consider questions of equity. Supreme Court NSW. 12th April 2006.
by HH Young CJ in EQ :

Xycrete P/L v David Taylor Building Services P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 01/17
Whether the work for which payment is sought was additional work or rectification work? Whether there was a subsequent agreement made for accord and satisfaction of the Applicant’s claim? Whether the Tribunal has jurisdiction to hear the matter as the matter? Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal. Home Building Division. 17th January 2008
by B. Pickard

Zhang v Canterbury City Council [2001] Adj.L.R. 06/14
Administrative law - consent to development applications - requirement to "take into consideration" development control plan - Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, s79C(1) - appeal on question of law. Court of Appeal NSW.14th June 2001.
by Spigelman CJ : Meagher JA : Beazley JA :

Ziade Investments No 1 Property Ltd v Tricon Projects P/L [2004] Adj.L.R. 11/22
Hearing of originating process seeking to set aside statutory demand, contested adjudication application, property developer, construction management agreement. Off-setting claim, whether this was an appropriate supplementation of the initial affidavit rectification - property sold. Is the offsetting claim genuine. Proceedings dismissed. Equity Division. Supreme Court New South Wales. 22nd November 2004.
by Master Macready.

Zurich Specialities London Ltd v Thiess P/L [2008] Adj.L.R. 09/25
Insurance : BCISPA 1999 : construction of insurance policy - provision requiring insured to take reasonable precautions to safeguard subject matter insured from loss or damage - whether such provision is a construction contract between the insured and insurer. NSWSC 25th September 2008
by Bergin J.

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