News and Articles

26/08/2020 – Seven Steps to Better Sub-consulting

Among the projects going ahead during the COVID-19 slowdown, there seems to be a particularly high proportion that include sub-consultant engagements. By “sub-consultant”, we mean a specialist consultant who is engaged by you, or by your sub-consultants. We don’t mean other specialist consultants who are engaged by (say) the client or the builder. Every consultant […]

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19/08/2020 – ‘Combustible Cladding’ litigation in NSW: An Update

If you joined us for our informed by Planned Cover ‘State of Play’ webinar earlier this year, you would have heard me discuss the outcome of the first ‘combustible cladding’ case to be decided in New South Wales. The decision was appealed by the property developer and builder, with the appeal judgment being handed down […]

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17/06/2020 – Professional Standards Schemes

Are you seeing clauses where your practice is being asked to waive its rights if it is a member of an association under a Professional Standards Scheme now and/or in the future? Well recently, we have been! Understandably, this is something that many design consultants highlight as a risk due to the idea that they […]

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13/05/2020 – Release of the Final Report by the Parliamentary Committee into the regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes in New South Wales

In July 2019 a Public Accountability Committee inquiry, chaired by Mr David Shoebridge MLC, was established to investigate and report on the regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes by government agencies in New South Wales. A first report was tabled by the Committee on 13 November 2019. The final report of the […]

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15/04/2020 – Risk management: business as usual

How can we provide risk management services in the current climate? As it turns out, almost exactly the same as we always have! It’s very much business as usual for our risk management team. From our perspective, looking at the construction industry through contracts and education, this is what we’re seeing of the pandemic. Contract […]

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08/04/2020 – Practice Guides Updated

informed Practice Guides are a series of guidance notes covering topics on which consultants commonly ask us for assistance. They range from contract-related topics such as Working on Your Own Terms and Fitness for Purpose, to practical issues like Inspections and Certification and Product Substitutions. Regular users and those who keep a locally saved copy […]

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04/03/2020 – Introducing informed Lawyers

We’ve had many requests over the years to provide legal advice and now, at last, our new subsidiary can provide the help you need. From 2 March 2020, when you’re confronted with a tricky client-drafted contract, you have one more option: engaging our new subsidiary company, informed Lawyers Pty Ltd to help you with legal […]

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12/02/20 – Contract Review Trends 2019

Well what a year 2019 was for us here at Informed! The end of a decade saw our Risk Managers hard at work reviewing over 1200 contracts in 2019 over various kinds of projects and clients and throughout all States and Territories around Australia. From all this we have gathered information to more accurately reflect […]

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07/02/20 – Website Update

In December 2019, we experienced a code injection vulnerability on our website that caused search engine results for our site to divert to an overseas website. Out of an abundance of caution, we suspended sign-ups, logins and purchases while our security was enhanced. The problem has been resolved, so we have reinstated all these functions […]

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