Bechara Shamieh, Finalist in Australasian Lawyer’s ‘Most Influential Lawyers’ of 2021

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This year has been difficult for many, but Bechara Shamieh is setting the bar high at Madison Marcus. As the Director of Madison Marcus, Bechara Shamieh has been instrumental in furthering the firm’s success. Nominated by Australasian Lawyer as a finalist in their ‘Most Influential Lawyers’ of 2021 list, he and his colleagues have achieved this by managing […]


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The Building Commissioner’s powers are extensive and are broadening under changes to the governing legislation.  Many builders and developers have already experienced a vigorous audit process after receiving Prohibition Orders. The audit process and dealing with draft or final orders can be a stressful and expensive exercise. Avoiding the issue of a Prohibition Order or dealing […]

The COVID-19 vaccine and work – your rights and obligations

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Can your employer ask you to get the COVID-19 vaccine? What if you refuse? Or, if you’re an employer, can you insist staff get the vaccine? As the vaccine rollout gains momentum, more and more employees and employers are needing to consider whether workers can be required to get vaccinated. Some state governments have moved […]

NSW COVID-19 lockdown extension: Changes for construction – what you need to know

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While the COVID-19 situation in Sydney remains challenging, in welcome news, construction can resume on Saturday 31 July in Greater Sydney (including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour). In further good news for the industry, worksites will be permitted to operate on Sundays and public holidays, up until Christmas, to allow businesses to […]

Western Sydney Airport Forces Rezoning of Properties

Western Sydney Airport forces rezoning of properties – where does this leave residents? In October 2020, the NSW Government rezoned all land surrounding the airport at Badgerys Creek. The rezoning has seen some properties transform from 100 per cent rural land to 100 per cent environmental land (Green Space) and other properties considerably dropped in […]

Building Industry Update: New Practice Standard for Registered Certifiers

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The NSW Government has released a new practice standard for registered certifiers. The standard has been developed as part of the building regulation reforms spearheaded by the NSW Building Commissioner, David Chandler OAM, and is focussed on certifiers of residential apartment buildings. The standard is intended to achieve the following: Provide a clear, accessible and […]

NSW Building Reforms

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Recently, there have been two new acts introduced in NSW that will have a considerable impact on the building and construction industry. Collectively known as ‘the Reforms’, these acts are: The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (the DBP). The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (the RAB). The objective of the […]


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NSW Parliament releases “Regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes” final report. The final report of the Public Accountability Committee, “Regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes” was tabled by NSW Parliament on 30 April 2020. The report and its 22 significant recommendations are being considered by the government which must […]