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Building regulations update

Australia - May 23 2017 The Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2016 (Bill) was passed on 11 May 2017 and is awaiting assent. The Bill was amended twice…

Shared housing or shared dwelling?

Australia - May 9 2017 The key issue concerned whether the proposed building is: a ‘residential building’ for which a development permit is required in the General…

Introduction of the Building Amendment Bill 2016

Australia - December 22 2016 On 7 December 2016, the Victorian state government introduced into parliament the Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2016…

Appeal against sentence in a Planning and Environment Act 1987 prosecution

Australia - November 24 2015 A recent Victorian Supreme Court case, Lewis & Anor v Mangano & Mangano, highlights the principles that apply in relation to appeals against sentence…

Mental impairment as a sentencing consideration

Australia - November 24 2015 We have recently acted in two separate prosecutions where an Accused has a mental illness. In each instance, the penalty imposed on the Accused was…