Journal article

Timing is Everything: Security of Payment, Set-off and (In)solvency

Helen Anderson, Matthew Bell

Building and Construction Law Journal | Thomson Reuters | Published : 2020

Abstract

Security of payment laws are meant to ensure cash keeps flowing down the chain of contractors within the building and construction industry to avoid unnecessary insolvency. However, the enforceability of security of payment obligations by companies in liquidation is currently in a state of flux because of differing judicial approaches. Recent NSW legislation and a Victorian Court of Appeal decision favour denying the payment claims of claimants in liquidation based on the possibility of an insolvency set-off in the hands of the respondent. This article argues against that approach. The policy drivers in favour of protecting set-off can be countered by equally strong arguments to support the ..

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