NSW D&BP Act, part 1 – The Architect’s Perspective

23 August 2021

The first of a five-part CPD series on the NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act (DBP Act) features an information session by special counsel Christopher Larcos of Moray & Agnew Lawyers. The presentation sets out key issues as they apply to architects.

This CPD webinar was held on 29 April 2021 and is now available for PURCHASE ON DEMAND.


The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) has been billed by the NSW Minister for better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson as “the biggest overhaul of NSW building laws in the State’s history”. That statement is not hyperbole. At the heart of the Act is a new statutory duty by which architects (amongst others) must use reasonable care to avoid economic loss as a result of building defects.

For this CPD On Demand webinar, Christopher Larcos covers the following topics:

  • the problems the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) aims to remedy
  • how the Act sets about addressing these problems
  • the nature of the new duty of care, including to whom it is owed
  • what work is covered by the Act
  • what obligations and liabilities an architect has under the Act

Our speaker

Christopher Larcos is the Special Counsel for Moray & Agnew Lawyers. He advises contractors, developers, architects and other professionals on various tendering, contracts, security of payment, home warranty, contract administration and claims management issues.

He prepares bespoke contracts and amended forms of Australian Standard contracts, and has extensive PPP, D&C, EPC and EPCM experience. Christopher is registered as both an architect and a solicitor, with over 15 years’ experience as a front-end projects lawyer and over 20 years’ experience as an architect.


Members $35
Non Members $45
*One ticket per person


Participation in this event will deliver 1 formal CPD point.

Learning Outcomes: as detailed in topics listed above.

Competencies: AACA NSCA : 9 Practice Management – 9.7 Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect.

Once you have made your booking you will receive the recording registration link to view the seminar, along with presentation slides and CPD questions. A link will be provided with CPD questions to submit your own responses to questions, view answers and for issue of a certificate of completion. Please keep your receipt, a copy of completed questions and certificate for your records.


Please book below. (If you have trouble with the form, head to the Trybooking page.) For more information, contact Marie Frost.