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Marie-Louise Scarf

Bachelor of Arts and Law – University of New South Wales

Senior Associate - Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Construction & Infrastructure

Expertise

Marie-Louise is a Senior Associate in our Construction & Infrastructure group and has over 15 years’ experience in construction and commercial disputes and providing advice on early dispute resolution options. Marie-Louise is admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW, the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of England and Wales and has experience working in most other states and territories.

Marie-Louise specialises in resolving large and multiparty residential, commercial and infrastructure claims through direct negotiation and in litigation and tribunal proceedings. Clients include corporate and government owners (including owners corporations), builders, engineers, architects, certifiers and their insurers. She is focused on early dispute resolution and cost minimisation, in particular for parties with ongoing relationships.

Marie-Louise had particular experience in the areas of negligence, breach of contract, breach of statutory warranties under the Home Building Act, breach of statutory duty under the Strata Schemes Management Act and Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, misleading and deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law and product liability claims.

Experience

Marie-Louise’s experience includes:

  • Residential and commercial strata, warehouses and factories
  • Waste to energy facilities, tunnels and electricity substations
  • Immigration and police detention centres
  • Bus and train stations, rail, roads and bridges
  • Social housing, schools, hospitals and aged care facilities
  • Transport, cleaning and maintenance contracts
  • Soil remediation and water treatment plants
  • Joint venture mining agreements

Publications

29 April 2020 - Knowledge

Terminators beware – ACL application to small business contracts

#Construction & Infrastructure, #COVID-19

On 12 November 2016, the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Act 2015 (Cth) extended many of the protections of the Australian Consumer Law to small businesses contracts entered into on or after this date. Those protections also apply to the provisions of a contract that is renewed or varied on or after this date, to the extent of the new provisions. As parties affected by COVID-19 seek to enforce various termination, extension of time, variation and compensation clauses in their contracts, it is an opportune time to review these protections and how the Courts have applied them since their commencement.

08 April 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

In this edition, we look at whether there is an intention to extend time for commencement of claims for breach of statutory warranty under the COVID-19 legislation.

15 January 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

In this edition, we provide a wrap-up of the latest residential property news in NSW.

03 December 2019 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

We summarise the recent measures adopted by the NSW Government to address the cladding crisis.