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Conference 2015 registrations now open

The Society of Construction Law Australia and the Conference Organising Committee are pleased to invite you to be part of the National Conference 2015 “Shifting Gears”.

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Seminar - Queensland Event - 3rd September 2015

Dear Members,

In conjunction with the Queensland Bar Association, we are pleased to present "WHAT CAN GO WRONG WITH CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS – AN UPDATE". The event will be held on Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 5.15 pm for5:30 pm start. For more information please see here

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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

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Mentoring Program

The SoCLA Mentoring Program has now been launched at events around the country.

This is a very innovative program which is strongly support by the Board.  Both potential mentors and mentees are encouraged to apply to participate.

The program guidelines can be found here and the application form can be found here. We encourage you to apply for the mentor or mentee positions.


The closing date for this round of applications is 31 March 2015.

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New eBook - the Papers of the 2013 Conference

Construction, Technology and the Law

Members wil be pleased to note that the papers of the Society's 2013 conference 'Construction, Technology and the Law' have now been compiled into a book and are available for purchase.

Members can download a pdf of the book form our eshop at no cost.  If you take advantage of this opportunity please do not recirculate the pdf.  The pdf can be downloaded from here.  It will be necessary to be logged in as a member to access this link.

Members can also purchase a hard copy of the book from our eshop.  The book is available in hard cover and soft cover versions.  The purchase price for members is discounted.  The eshop page for this publicaiton can be found here.

Members may note that we now have three books available for purchase from the eshop.  The three books can be viewed here

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Latest Events

Perth Site Visit - The New Perth Stadium

Wed 15 July 2015

Members in Perth are invited to participate in an exciting and interesting site visit.

The site visit will occur on Wednesday 15 July 2015.  You will visit the the new Perth
Stadium.  The Society is very grateful to Brookfield Multiplex for facilitating the site
visit.  The visit has been arranged in conjunction with the National Association of
Women in Construc

Details can be found here.

A site map can be found here.

The numbers are limited to 20 persons.  So if you are interested, be quick with your


Dispute Boards - Where Are They Being Used? - Thursday 30 July

Thu 30 July 2015

Members are advised of an international presentation on Dispute Boards.

Julian Bailey, the newly appointed Chair of the Society of Construction Law (UK), will lead a discussion on Dispute Boards - Where Are They Being Used?

The discussion will take place on Thursday 30 July in various cities around Australia.  Details can be found here.

How to Navigate a Crisis - Brisbane - Tuesday 4 August 2015

Tue 4 August 2015

Tuesday 4 August 2015


The Society is pleased to advise of that Ted Williams of Piper Alderman and Graham Newton of McGrath Nicol will present on the topic of 


Manifestation of some risks can be so acute that that they threaten the survival of an organisation. Considering how you might best avoid (or manage) a crisis is best done in advance rather than in real-time as those decisions made “in the moment” are critical, sometimes fatal. Hear from experts who have been in that moment as they share what they have learnt in dealing with the many operational, legal and reputational issues that can arise.

Ted is an infrastructure, construction and mining lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience, both in private practice and as general counsel. Ted was most recently general counsel at Thiess, one of Australia’s leading construction, mining and services contractors. In that role, he led a large
team providing legal, strategic, commercial, governance, corporate, compliance, ethics, and risk management advice.

Graham specialises in forensic investigations, dispute advisory, and fraud/corruption risk management. Graham has over 20 years’ experience in assisting senior executives, boards and government agencies in navigating through crisis situations, and also reviewing and improving
corporate governance frameworks.

To book, RSVP before Monday 3 August 2015. Details can be found here.


Lighthouse Club, Melbourne Chapter - Get Together

Thu 13 August 2015

Victorian Members are notified of a meeting of the Lighthouse Club Australia in Melbourne. 

The Lighthouse Club is an international construction industry charity which, among other things, provides financial assistance, welfare and wellbeing advice to the construction community and supports educational initiatives aimed at improving employment conditions and career opportunities within the construction industry.

Further details about the event are here.


Singapore SCL Conference - 1 & 2 September 2015

Tue 1 September 2015

The Society is pleased to advise members of the conference convened by the Society of Construction Law Singapore.

The title of the conference is 'Focus on Asia'.  Sir Vivian Ramsey will deliver the Keynote Address.  Sir Vivian will be joined by a number of experienced practitioners in delivering presentations over the two days of the conference.

The conference will take place on Tuesday 1 September and Wednesday 2 September.  Members of the Society of Construction Law Australia are entitled to a discounted registration fee.  Details can be found here.

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