Skip Navigation

National Conference 2017

Planning for the 2017 National Conference is very much underway and announcements will be made very soon as to the venues for the Welcome Drinks, the conference and the Gala Dinner. Kate Bower has been coordinating our conference venues since 2015 and the Conference Subcommittee agrees that Kate has outdone herself this year.

The Call for Abstracts has been extended until Friday 31 March 2017. If you are interested in making a submission, there is still two weeks left. If you have any queries regarding the process, please don't hesitate to get in touch via The Program Team are ready to answer any process-related questions that you might have.

Please click here for the Call for Abstracts invitation and here for the template.

Find out more

Building the West

The Society of Construction Law is part of the Western Australia Infrastructure Coalition. It is a broadly-based infrastructure industry group that has been established to promote and facilitate the creation of an independent statutory authority “Infrastructure WA”. The Infrastructure Coalition also aims to provide a robust forum for industry involvement in infrastructure issues. 

Find out more

Australian Construction Industry Forum

 acif logo

The Society is pleased to advise that it is now a member of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF).

The ACIF is the meeting place for leaders of the construction industry in Australia.

ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies.

Members of the ACIF are the most significant Associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction and building and management. 

Membership will allow the Society to participate in discussions regarding key issues affecting the industry and to strengthen its voice on behalf of the industry.

Find out more

SCL International

The Society is pleased to announce the formation of SCL International. 

There is now a Society of Construction Law in over 15 countries.  Each of these Societies have now come together to build cooperation and collaboration between the Societies. 

SCL International has established a website (  Members of the Australian Society can apply to be registered on the website by visiting  Before visiting the site you should obtain the registration code.  The registration code can be obtained by emailing  Once membership has been confirmed you will receive log in details.

Each Society is able to post papers and other material on the international website.  The Australian Society will begin publishing material shortly.

Access to papers from the UK Society is now available through the international website rather than through the historical arrangements between the Australian Society and the UK Society.

SCL International will oversee the biennial international conference. 

SCL International is keen to be of service to memebrs of the Societies around the world. 

The contact points between the Australian Society and SCL International are our Societies Chair, Basil Georgiou, and our two SCL International Liaison Officers, Phillip Greenham and Ian Bailey QC.  They can be contacted by emailing

Find out more

Latest Events

SoCLA Event - Melbourne: Seminar "Claims that Arise in Construction Disputes"

Wed 29 March 2017


Members in Melbourne are advised of the first Society seminar of the year to be held on 29 March 2017 at 5:30pm for a 5:45pm start at Corrs Chambers Westgarth on the topic of 'Claims that Arise in Construction Disputes - An Update from Melbourne TEC Chambers.'




NSW - Mentoring Launch - 29 March 2017

Wed 29 March 2017

The Society of Construction Law Australia’s Young Constructors Committee invites you to the launch of the 2017 SoCLA Mentoring Program 

29 March 2017, 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start

at Herbert Smith Freehills

(Level 34, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney)

The evening will include reflections on the program from previous participants, practical tips for prospective participants and general information about the program. 

The launch will be hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills. 

The guest speakers for the event are:

Ian Bailey SC |  Barrister, Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers

Vikram Misra |  Barrister, Blackstone Chambers

We welcome all SoCLA members and non-members to attend and hear about the benefits of this unique mentoring program. 

Please RSVP to by 28 March 2017 if you wish to attend.

SoCLA Event - Brisbane - Mentoring Launch - 29 March 2017

Wed 29 March 2017

Members in Queensland are invited to the launch of the 2017 SoCLA Mentoring Program.

Further details can be found here 

SoCLA Canberra - Mentoring Launch - 30 March 2017

Thu 30 March 2017

The Society of Construction Law Australia

Young Constructors Committee

invites you to the launch of the

2017 SoCLA Mentoring Program

on 30 March 2017, at 5:00pm

at Meyer Vandenberg (Level 2, 121 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra)


Further details are available here 

SoCLA Event - Perth - 7 April 2017 - Lawn Bowls

Fri 7 April 2017

Members in Perth are invited to join us for an evening of bowling on the green.

The event is co-hosted by SoCLA, DNV-GL and Holman Fenwick Willan.

Please click here for more information.

> Read more industry news...

Member login

Become a member

Member benefits

  • Contacts - Opportunity to make valuable contacts
  • Education - Opportunity to continue your learning
  • Discounts - Discounts on various seminars and conferences
  • Reciprocal Benefits - Reciprocal benefits with some sister societies
  • Members Only Resources - Access to members only publications, videos and other resources
  • Involvement - Opportunity to participate in the development of the Society
  • Newsletter - Enjoy a reduced subscription rate to the long established and reputable Australian Construction Law Newsletter.
  • Professional Mentoring - Participate in a national, industry-wide mentoring program