by Robert Fenwick Elliott
Since its enactment in 1893 as the Workmen’s Liens Act, the Worker’s Lien Act (South Australia) has had a colourful and problematic history. It was drafted by a man who had already been certified as a lunatic, and taken through Parliament by a man then bound over to keep the peace for apparently intending to shoot the principal opponent of the Bill in a duel. It has been repeatedly criticised from the Bench for its “fuliginous obscurity”, “enigmatic language” and for being “antiquated”. Yet the Act remains in force and continues to pose challenges for lawyers practising in South Australia.
Building Contract Disputes: Practice and Precedents
Robert Fenwick Elliott is the author, now jointly with Jeremy Glover of Fenwick Elliott LLP in London, of Building Contract Disputes: Practice and Precedents published by Sweet & Maxwell in London. This is a large (1200 pp) A4 looseleaf which deals with the handling of disputes in England, but with sections on international practice; it is updated twice a year. There is also an annual paperback companion, the Building Contract Disputes – Materials & Cases Handbook 2004/2005. Click here for the BCD stop press pages.
This work takes the place of his earlier book Building Contract Litigation, which succesfully ran through 4 editions from 1981 to 1993.
Construction Law Service
This is CD service, which includes several leading construction law works in their latest editions.