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National Conference 2017

The Society of Construction Law Australia and the Conference Organising Committee are pleased to invite you to be part of the National Conference, themed “The New Wave” to be held at the Sofitel Broadbeach.
The Conference will commence with welcome drinks on Thursday 27 July 2017 at the Broadbeach Surf Club.

The Sofitel Broadbeach will be a fantastic setting for the formal conference program which will commence on Friday 28th July with a full day of presentations from our speakers who are eminent national practitioners in the construction industry.

The conference format will continue on Saturday 29th July with a morning of sessions and the grand final of the Charrett Moot then networking drinks to conclude the program.

On the evening of Friday 28th July we will be hosting the Conference Gala Dinner at a special and iconic Gold Coast venue – the Ballroom of the Versace Hotel. The evening will involve a spirited and entertaining debate by leading professionals, as well as other entertainment on the evening.

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2017 Board Election Results

Voting has now closed.  Thank you to all members who participated.

Congratulations to the 5 people elected to the Board:

             Sean Brady

            Andrew Robertson

            Jaclyn Smith

            Paul Tobin

            David Ulbrick

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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. 

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Australian Construction Industry Forum

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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.

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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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ICC Young Arbitrators Forum Conference (Melbourne) 5 July 2017

Wed 5 July 2017

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) and Corrs Chambers Westgarth are co-organizing a conference on 

Careers in International Arbitration: Insights & Experiences

5 July 2017 from 5.30 pm

More information can be found here

Cocktails and Canapes to Introduce ICCA 2018 Sydney - in Melbourne - 19 July 2017

Wed 19 July 2017

You are cordially invited to join fellow international arbitration practitioners to hear an update from ICCA 2018 Ambassadors Catherine O’Keefe and Chad Catterwell about the exciting plans for the Congress.

We are delighted to be joined by Guest Speaker, Michael Pryles AO PBM, Treasurer of ICCA and member of the Executive Body.

Please see attached flyer for more details.  Click to rsvp

SoCLA Event - Sydney - 20 July 2017 - New Frontiers in Dispute Avoidance and Management

Thu 20 July 2017

Members in Sydney are invited to a seminar on

New Frontiers in Dispute Avoidance and Management

on 20 July 2017 at 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start

In this seminar, Lina Fischer, Partner, Clayton Utz, will explore how an innovative new contracting model developed by the Department of Defence, which focuses on "Integrated Project Delivery" and the "Project Risk and Issue Settlement Model", can enhance communication, collaboration and successful project completion.

Professor Ian Bailey AM SC, barrister,will then examine some new approaches to dispute avoidance and management including the new process of "Contract Facilitation".

To conclude, Lina and Ian will be joined by Reuben Bowd, Senior Legal Counsel at Sydney Trains, for a panel discussion on the pros and cons of these models, moderated by barrister Laina Chan.

For more information and to rsvp please click here 


Perth Event - Commercial Arbitration and the Courts - 20 July 2017

Thu 20 July 2017


Presented by Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society (Western Australia) 

More information can be found here

Pleae click here to rsvp 


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