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Tuesday 27 Nov 2018

Whether your client is the builder, owner, contractor or sub-contractor, supplier or lender the issues in building and construction law are complex and difficult to clarify.
The Thomson Reuters Building & Construction Law Conference series taking place in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane over 27-29 November aims to address current and contentious issues such as:

  • Security of Payments legislation post the Murray Report;
  • insolvency reform and the new Ipso Facto regime;
  • cladding liability and claims;
  • procurement for construction;
  • understanding ADR what works and when; and
  • delay and concurrent delay.

SoCLA members receive a 10% discount.  Please email admin@scl.org.au for the code before booking.

More information is available on this flyer

Melbourne (27 November), Sydney (28 November) Brisbane (29 November)
Tuesday 20 Nov 2018

On 20 & 21 November 2018 thought leaders in the African and International Construction Law field will meet in Johannesburg for the 3rd International Construction Law Conference proudly presented by the Society of Construction Law for Africa (SCLAfrica).

The Keynote Speaker will be Sir Vivian Ramsey QC

More information is available on this flyer.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Tuesday 13 Nov 2018

The presentation from Laura Horvat and Elisha Goosem will cover:

  • An introduction to the role of insurance in Construction projects;
  • Risk management and common issues arising in relation to insurance cover;
  • Claims Management including:
  • Issues surrounding subrogated recovery actions and insured and uninsured losses;
  • Privilege and the engagement of experts and third parties.


More information is available on this flyer.

Registration for this event has closed as the event is at capacity

Jones Day, Level 31 Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane
Friday 9 Nov 2018

Members in Sydney may be interested in this seminar presented by Legalwise.

As a consequence of NSW's Government significant investment in metropolitan and regional infrastructure to support growth and new measures designed to improve housing affordability, residential building across NSW has surged. This useful seminar brings together renowned experts in the residential building field to provide a timely update on the Home Building Act as it applies to building disputes involving residential building work in NSW.

SoCLA members can obtain a special rate.  Please contact info@legalwiseseminars.com.au or telephone Legalwise Seminars on (02) 9387 8133.

Further information about the seminar is available here.


UNSW, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney
Thursday 8 Nov 2018

SoCLA and Norton Rose Fulbright invite you to attend this exciting presentation by Glen Billington, Commanding Officer and Chief Engineer at 19th Chief Engineer Works with the Australian Army.

More information is available on this flyer.  

Please click here to register

Norton Rose Fulbright, Level 18 Grosvenor Place, 225 George Street, Sydney
Tuesday 30 Oct 2018

This presentation will review recent cases concerning co-insurance in England and in Scotland including Gard Marine and Energy v. China National Chartering [2017] 1 WLR 1793 and SSE Generation v Hochtief Solutions [2018] CSIH 26, in particular the extent to which co-insurance potentially prevents claims by contractors against sub-contractors.

Nick Longley is a Partner who advises on construction and construction insurance law, focusing particularly on arbitration relating to major infrastructure and energy-related projects. Nick is on the list of arbitrators at the HKIAC, an IAMA Grade 3 arbitrator as well as being on the list of arbitrators held by the Asian International Arbitration Centre. Nick is admitted in England and Wales, Hong Kong and Victoria, Australia.

More information is available on this flyer.

Online registration for this event has closed as the event is at capacity.  

HFW Australia, Level 39, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Wednesday 24 Oct 2018

As part of WA Mental Health Week SoCLA, MATES and Squire Patton Boggs invite you to a General Awareness Training Seminar.

Participants will become aware of the signals that someone may be working through a difficult time, and how to help.

Food and drinks will follow.

The seminar is being provided free of charge, and Members are invited to make a donation in kind via www.matesinconstruction.org.au

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Squire Patton Boggs, Level 21, 300 Murray Street, Perth
Wednesday 17 Oct 2018

SoCLA and DLA Piper invite you to attend this exciting presentation by Stuart Macdougald-Denton, Head of Diales Technical - Technical Expert.

Stuart is a leading architectural and construction expert who provides technical expert witness services worldwide and has given expert opinion in more than 150 disputes.

By drawing on this experience, Stuart’s presentation discusses:

  • the disconnect between typical terms of the consultants’ appointments and what the contractor wants during the construction process;
  • the role of the contractor, sub-contractor and the consultants in identifying and rectifying defects during construction; and
  • how BIM can help save time and money, minimise inconsistencies and errors in design deliverables and minimise defects in construction.

And, knowing Stuart, he will have a smorgasbord of illustrated examples of when things go wrong!

This event is a “must-see” for Quantity Surveyors, architects, engineers, project managers and project owners, and lawyers alike.

More information is available on this flyer

Please click here to rsvp.


DLA Piper, Level 22, 1 Martin Place, Sydney (entry off Pitt Street)
Tuesday 9 Oct 2018

John us for a seminar by Dr Vicki Webster of Incisive Leaders.

Effective leaders provide a strategic advantage by maximising productivity and innovation through staff and client engagement. They are able to demonstrate value based leadership, even in the face of frustration and failure. This presentation examines the important role that 'dark side' characteristics can play in predisposing a leader or an emerging leader (at any level of the organisation) to engage in ineffective leadership, and the impact of destructive leadership on others. Results of research investigating personality traits that predispose leaders to engage in, or to inhibit harmful behaviours are discussed.  Our level of self-awareness, and our ability to self-regulate impulses and reactions, can influence whether our personal characteristics become our strengths or lead to derailment.  Strategies to avoid pitfalls and maintain career resilience are shared.

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Online registrations have now closed.  Please email to rsvp.


Mills Oakley, Level 14, 145 Ann Street, Brisbane
Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

THE 8TH INTERNATIONAL Society of Construction Law Conference is being hosted by the recently established SCL in North America in Chicago from 26 to 28 September 2018. 

Please click here for more information about the conference.

The full program is available here and a  short version of the program is also available.

Registrations are now open.  Register here




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