This article has been prepared by Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers.
The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) commenced in part on 11 June 2020 and has the potential to significantly affect building and construction professionals operating in New South Wales, in at least two respects.
The statutory duty of care is also retrospective and applies to losses that first became apparent in the 10 years immediately prior to 11 June 2020. A natural consequence of this is that many potential claims against insured building professionals, which had not been pursued by virtue of the Brookfield decision, may be revisited. This has the potential to further increase the long-tail liability of existing insurance policies.
Businesses should review the requirements to ensure that their insurance is compliant prior to 1 July 2021, once the regulations become law.
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