The Society of Construction Law Australia

Welcome

The Society of Construction Law (Australia) is a single national organisation of members, at all stages of their professional career, who share an interest in construction law.  The 16 founding members were drawn from all mainland states as are the current directors.

The Society encourages the active involvement of all of its members and discourse across the broad spectrum of issues relating to construction law, including matters of policy and legislation, "front end" issues, dispute avoidance, and all forms of dispute resolution.

To view the Society's Objects and Vision please click here

 

 

Forthcoming events

Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

We are pleased to invite you to this seminar which will discuss the practicalities of extension of time and prolongation claims.

Our speakers, with extensive exposure to the complexities of construction project management and managing delay claims, will share their experience and explore the factual and legal basis for making and assessing extension of time claims.

Nick Longley, Partner of HFW, will discuss two recent decisions in Australia and England which provide some clarity of the judicial approach to the prevention principle. He will also discuss some recent practical experiences in setting 'the rules' for delay analysis in dispute proceedings.

Karen Wenham, Director of Diales, will look at a case study of a project which incurred both delay and loss of productivity. She will demonstrate how the time chainage method of project planning can be used to demonstrate and quantify the impact of issues arising from deviations from tender planning assumptions, latent conditions and variation works, on the project schedule and completion milestones.

More information is available on this flyer.

Location:
McCullough Robertson, Level 11 Central Plaza Two, 66 Eagle Street
Thursday 16 Aug 2018

Join us at 3.00 pm for our Annual General Meeting

Location:
Vintage Room, Crown Plaza Resort, 430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale, Hunter Valley, NSW
Thursday 16 Aug 2018

Our  2018 National Conference will be held in the Hunter Valley, NSW, one of Australia's most celebrated wine regions, from 16 to 18 August 2018. 

The conference commences with welcome drinks on Thursday 16 August 2018 at Keith Tulloch Winery.

More information about the National Conference can be found here

Location:
Keith Tulloch Winery, 989 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, NSW, 2320

Latest News

Friday 13 Jul 2018

Nominations for the SoCLA Board are now open

The notice calling for nominations can be found here and nomination form can be found  here.

The notice calling for nominations provides further information in relation to the Society and the role of the Board.

Nominations close on 20 July 2018 at 5 pm (AEST).
 
Any enquires regarding the process should be directed towards secretary@scl.org.au and admin@scl.org.au.
 
 

Tuesday 10 Jul 2018

The Society offers the Brooking Prize annually for the best essay submitted in the field of construction law.

It is named after The Hon Robert Brooking AO QC in recognition of his Honour’s pioneering contribution to the study and practice of construction law in Australia.

The Society is delighted to announce the following results in the 2018 Brooking Prize.

Paper title

Authors

Result

‘All Promise Outruns Performance’ – The Enforceability of Extended Promises in Construction Contracts

Dominic Fawcett and Hugh Hadgraft (QLD)

2018 Brooking Prize

Do Early Contractor Involvement Contracts used in NSW Government Projects Promote Legitimate Collaboration?

Tina Funge (NSW)

Highly Commended – General Division

Constructive Acceleration in the UAE: A Matter of Contract, Law or Good Faith?

Stefan Pislevik (VIC)

Highly Commended – Student Division

Substandard Balconies are Flooding the Victorian Market: The Legal Context of Causes and Remedies

Catherine Williams (SA)

Highly Commended – Student Division

Is Conventional Insurance for Construction Projects Fit for Purpose?

Dr Donald Charrett (VIC)

Commended – General Division

Adjudication in South Africa: Heading in the Wrong Direction?

Michelle Kerr (South Africa) and Dr Samer Skaik (VIC)

Commended – General Division

Smart Contracts in Construction

Natalie Kozlov (NSW)

Commended – General Division

The Brooking Student Prize was not awarded for 2018.

Information about the 2019 Brooking Prize will be published here later in 2018.

Matthew Bell (Chair, Judging Panel)

 

Thursday 14 Jun 2018

Entries for the 2018 Brooking Prize have now closed.

The Society expects to announce the results by mid-July.

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National Conference

Our 2018 National Conference will be held in the Hunter Valley, NSW from 16-18 August 2018. Click here for further information

Mentoring Program

Applications for our 2018 mentoring program have closed. Further information about our mentoring program is available here.

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