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John Green, founder and director of the Building Disputes Tribunal, a building and construction dispute resolution service provider in New Zealand, has spoken out in a recent article about the unfair and ‘draconian’ nature of many residential construction contracts. In his opinion, residential contracts are skewed in favour of builders for two main reasons: The contracts…

Court of Appeal rejects claim of negligent misstatement for code compliance certificate

Last week the Court of Appeal released their decision for the case of Invercargill City Council v Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust. This case arose from the collapse of the roof of the Invercargill community courts in 2010. The Trust, who owns the building, claimed the Council was negligent in issuing a code compliance…

Brookfield Multiplex – High Court of Australia on builder’s duty of care

Recently the extent of a builder’s liability in tort has been the subject of a number of judicial decisions in New Zealand. Across the Tasman Australia have been grappling with similar considerations. The High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest court) has recently released a decision concerning builder’s liability for pure economic loss; Brookfield Multiplex Ltd…