K&J Burns Electrical Pty Ltd v GRD Group (NT) Pty Ltd & Anor [2011] NTCA 1

Construction Contracts (Security of payments) Act 2004 (NT) – Determination by adjudicator as to monies payable by contractor to sub-contractor under construction contract – application to single Judge for judicial review – declaration by him that adjudicator jurisdiction not enlivened save as to balance of retention fund payable to appellant under relevant contract – whether impugned summary invoice constituted a payment claim giving rise to a payment dispute under the Act which was properly the subject of adjudication – whether prior invoices rendered constituted valid payment claims under cl 12.2 of contract – consideration of mandatory requirements of that clause – whether, if valid payment dispute did not arise in relation to claims for monies payable in respect of work done, it nevertheless remained open to trial Judge to uphold adjudication for payment of balance of retention monies unpaid.

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