Who is responsible when robots go rogue?

Artificial intelligence is at the forefront of a wave of innovations, from suggesting films on Netflix, to processing insurance claims in Japan, and driving our cars. But as we continue to delegate more and more of the decision-making to machines, and provide them with the means to execute those decisions in the physical world (via…

When can I challenge an Adjudicator’s Determination? [Security of Payment Act]

As most in the construction industry would be aware, the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (‘the Act’) provides for the swift determination of progress payment disputes. The following link provides a quick refresher on how it all works: Outline of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act But what if you…

Resolving Disputes Without Burning Bridges

It is a problem common to most businesses: How to resolve payment disputes without: irreparably damaging business relationships; spending all your money on lawyers; and losing countless hours responding to legal paperwork. In times gone by, the lawyer’s answer to any dispute was to file in court and let the judge decide. But times have…

Can your lawyer code? Change is on the way and hybrid legal advisers are a must

There has been a lot of talk about how ‘blockchain’, ‘machine learning’, and ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) will ‘disrupt’ everything. How it will automate jobs, challenge existing business models, and overhaul the legal industry. But there haven’t been a lot of tangible examples of how this will occur. This article aims to provide a snapshot…

Risk Management of Disputes on Engineering & Construction Projects Using Cloud-Based Project Management Tools

Legal disputes are a critical element of effective risk management. Disputes have the capacity to completely derail a project; blowing out the time, budget and the political capital (or social license to operate). Just like other risks on a project, there are factors that increase the likelihood of disputes occurring, and there are processes that can…

Practical Tips from “Tracing a Construction Dispute” Seminar at the NSW Supreme Court

It was an eminent panel in fine form at last night’s seminar (3 April 2017) “Tracing a Construction Dispute” at the NSW Supreme Court, presented by the Lighthouse Club and 39 Essex Chambers. The panel was comprised of: Solicitor Simon Bellas, Partner, Jones Day Quantity Surveyor Stephen Bolt, QS, Director – Aquenta and Vice President LHC,…