Construction Symposium

Wednesday 19 July  2017
7.30am - 11.30am
MCINNES WILSON LAWYERS
LEVEL 23, CENTRAL PLAZA ONE 
345 QUEEN STREET
BRISBANE QLD 4000
AGENDA

7.30am

Registration and light breakfast

7.45am

Opening Remarks by Tom Adames, Construction Principal at McInnes Wilson Lawyers

8:00am 

On the regulator’s radar

Brett Bassett, Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) and Esther Blest, Assistant Commissioner of the QBCC, will discuss their vision for the 2017/2018 financial year. Attendees will be the first in Brisbane to hear Brett and Esther’s plan to move the QBCC to a risk based regulatory focus, their key enforcement and regulatory priorities and emerging issues and trends in the new financial year.

9:00am

The body corporate is asking me to rectify defects – am I responsible?

More apartment and townhouse developments in Brisbane mean more defect complaints by body corporates and individual lot owners. Shannon Moody, Barrister at Law, will discuss whether the QBCC’s statutory insurance scheme will provide relief for owners and a builder’s ongoing liability to the body corporate or owners in a scheme for defective works under the contract. Shannon will also discuss the ability of the QBCC to recover insurance claims paid out by the QBCC from builders and building company directors.

9.45am

Morning tea

10.00am

Don’t get left carrying the can! How to lower your insurance premiums and increase your profit.


David Jesser, Insurance Principal at McInnes Wilson Lawyers, will address common perils and pitfalls in insurance relevant to all principal contractors, employers and other participants in the construction industry. David’s discussion of developing trends and case law in the public liability insurance space will show you how to effectively draft your contracts and manage occurrences so your insurance excess is not impacted if a claim against you is made.

10.45am

Putting a bow on it

Julian Lane, Construction  Principal and Melany Dowse,  Associate at McInnes Wilson Lawyers will re-cap the morning’s seminars, and share “war-stories” on emerging themes in disputes, recent important cases and discuss how you can be affected. Julian and Melany will discuss how smart contracts and litigation strategies can help you and your business.

11.30am Thankyou and Closing Remarks by Tom Adames

 

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