Building and Construction Law Journal (BCL)
Bridging the theory and practice of building and construction law
About the Journal
The Building and Construction Law Journal (ISSN: 0815-6050) provides an arena for the debate of relevant changes in building and construction law at both a national and international level. This journal provides an update on legislative change, as well as debate and analysis on building and construction claims, disputes, contracts and court decisions.
Every issue of the journal covers core subject-areas plus specially headnoted multi-jurisdictional building and construction law reports.
Michael Christie SC was admitted to the Bar in 1991. He is a graduate of Sydney and Oxford Universities and was formerly a part-time Lecturer at Sydney University Law School. He worked professionally with the former General Editor, the late John Dorter, over many years. More recently, he assisted Mr Dorter in relation to the journal and has been acting editor.
New South Wales and Queensland – Christopher Larcos
Victoria and Tasmania – John Sharkey AM
South Australia – Patrick O’Sullivan QC
Western Australia – Ian Nosworthy
Hong Kong – Alice To
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The latest Part of the Building and Construction Law Journal includes the following article: “Expert Determination – The Peter Pan of ADR? Challenges to the Expert Determination Process and Practical Insights for Its Use” – Leigh Duthie. Also in this Part is an Editorial; and the following case Reports: RCR O’Donnell Griffin Pty Ltd v Forge Group Power Pty Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (in liq) & Ors  QCA 214; and The Owners – Strata Plan No 77475 v Walker Group Constructions Pty Ltd & Anor  NSWSC 1127.
In the context of a range of available models competing with each other as alternatives to litigation for resolving commercial disputes in the construction industry – driven in part by court-led demand for expedition in litigation – Leigh Duthie in the Building and Construction Law Journal (Vol 32 No 6) considers the future of expert ...more
Contract formation, implied terms, contractual interpretation, damages, duties of care – these are all areas of the common law whose development has been influenced by construction law cases. In some of these cases the eminent British jurist, Lord Dyson, former Master of the Rolls, had a front row seat. In his 2015 Keating Lecture he ...more
The latest Part of the Building and Construction Law Journal includes the following article: “Defective Buildings and Pure Economic Loss Claims: The Return to an Exclusionary Rule?” – Adrian Baron. Also in this Part is an Editorial: “Court-Appointed Referees”; and the following Case Reports: Amasya Enterprises Pty Ltd v Asta Developments (Aust) Pty Ltd; and Grocon Constructors (Qld) Pty Ltd v Juniper Developer No 2 Pty Ltd.
The latest Part of the Building and Construction Law Journal includes the following article: “The enforceability of extended contractual warranties for contract works – can the hurdles of applicable limitation periods be overcome?” – Laina Chan. Also in this Part is an Editorial; the 2015 Keating Lecture by the Right Honourable Lord Dyson; and the following case Report: Grocon Constructors (Victoria) Pty Ltd v APN DF2 Project 2 Pty Ltd  VSCA 190.
The latest Part of the Building and Construction Law Journal includes the following article: “The procurement decision – John Cooper and Greg Begaud. Also in this Part is an Editorial; Book Reviews; a Speech; and Reports on the following cases: Gregory Paul Saville v Hallmarc Construction Pty Ltd; and Lewence Construction Pty Ltd v Southern Han Breakfast Point Pty Ltd.
We are pleased to announce that Michael Christie SC has been appointed as the new General Editor of the Building and Construction Law Journal (BCL), commencing with Volume 32 Part 1. Mr Christie was admitted to the Bar in 1991 and brings the expertise of many years acting extensively across construction industry disputes. He is a graduate ...more
The latest Part of the Building and Construction Law Journal pays tribute to the late John B Dorter, who presided over the BCL as General Editor for many years, with a speech originally delivered by leading lawyer John Cooper; and an editorial homage by the new General Editor, Michael Christie SC. This Part also includes the following articles: “The measured mile: How to conduct the analysis” – Robert J Gemmell and Professor Randolph Thomas; “Contract Works insurance: Impact of industry body exclusions” – Patrick Mead. Also in this Part are Reports on the following cases: Australian Vintage Ltd v Belvino Investments (No 2) Pty Ltd; Ryan v Worthington; and Nichols v Earth Spirit Home Pty Ltd.
The latest Part of the Building and Construction Law Journal includes the following articles: “The resolution of construction law disputes in the 21st century: A view from the other side of the bar table – John Sharkey AM; “Fair play on the building site: How extending unfair contract term protections to small businesses will impact construction projects – Alisa Taylor; and “The quantification of loss caused by disruption: How applicable is the measured mile method? – Robert J Gemmell. Also in this Part is a Report on the following case: Sugar Australia Pty Ltd v Lend Lease Services Pty Ltd.