Fines imposed under the Building Act 1991 — a recent High Court decision

This recent decision concerns a prosecution brought by the Manukau City Council against an individual developer. Mr R faced two charges...

Leaky building claims and limitation periods

This is a recent case reviewing a decision of a Weathertight Homes Resolution Service adjudicator. Mr Dustin was an architectural designer who undertook design...

New CCA case further vindicates Act

Marsden Villas Ltd v Wooding Construction Ltd is an interesting case under the Act because it considers in depth whether the construction company, Wooding...

Accord and Satisfaction

This is an Australian Court of Appeal decision whereby the issue of Accord and Satisfaction (settlement) was considered. The builder performed residential building work...

Two more cases on the Construction Contracts Act

This was an appeal from a District Court decision declining summary judgment on a payment claim. West City was a construction company and Mr...

Salem Ltd v Top End Homes Ltd — Court of Appeal endorses the CCA

This case concerns the Construction Contracts Act 2002 and was argued in the Court of Appeal.  Top End was a building company that undertook the...

Can a claim be brought against the BIA?

One party that many commentators have said ought to bear some responsibility for the leaky building problem is the former Building Industry Authority (BIA)....

Volcanic eruption in High Court

The High Court in Volcanic Investments Limited1 v Dempsey & Wood Civil Contractors Ltd has signalled a departure from the conservative approach of the...

Property and development changes prompt review of Unit Titles Act 1972

The Department of Building and Housing is in the process of reviewing the Unit Titles Act, due to increased demand for multi-unit urban development...

Choosing the right forum for your dispute

Over the past four years or so two acts have been passed in relation to the construction industry that provide alternative dispute resolution procedures...