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Brooking Prize 2018 - Call for Submissions

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.

Papers are now invited for the 2018 Brooking Prize

 The Society is delighted to announce the following prize offering for 2018:

Brooking Prize – A$5,000

Brooking Student Prize – A$1,500

High Commendation – A$1,000 (General), A$500 (Student)

Commendation – A$500 (General), A$250 (Student)

All entrants awarded a prize or commendation will, in addition, be granted complimentary membership of the Society for one year.

Entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word or .pdf format and received by 4.00pm Sydney time on Wednesday 13 June 2018


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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 AM SC.  They can be contacted by emailing

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Latest Events

SoCLA Melbourne - Costs in Arbitrations - 15 November 2017

Wed 15 November 2017

Resolution Institute and Corrs Chambers Westgarth are hosting a discussion in Melbourne on 

Recent Developments in Costs Orders in Arbitration including third party funding

More information is available here 

SoCLA Event - Perth - The Great Debate 2017 - 16 November 2017

Thu 16 November 2017

Curtin Law School and the Society of Construction Law Australia proudly invite you to the 2017 WA Great Debate

"Is there an app for that ? Technology is the best way to manage risks on a construction project"

For more information and to register please click here

Event - Perth - Tracing a Construction Case: 23 November 2017

Thu 23 November 2017

The Lighthouse Club Western Australia and 39 Essex Chambers present


We invite you to join us for this unique seminar, which will trace a construction case (based on the facts of an actual but unidentified dispute), from commencement with the QS / Claims Manager's involvement, moving through all legal processes to judgement via mediation and arbitration.

More information can be found here 



SoCLA Event - Sydney - 28 November 2017: Procurement - is there a cheaper way ? and Annual Christmas Drinks

Tue 28 November 2017

The Society of Construction Law Australia

and Herbert Smith Freehills  

invite you to the Annual Christmas drinks of the Society which will follow the panel presentation and discussion on:

 "Procurement – Is there a cheaper way?

5.45 pm for 6.00 pm start

Drinks will start at 7.15 pm 

For more information and to register please click here

SoCLA Event - Perth - 29 November 2017 - Legal Developments in Construction Law this Year seminar

Wed 29 November 2017

The Law Council of Australia, The Society of Construction Law Australia, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia and Resolution Institute invite you to their annual seminar summarising important developments and recent case law.

Michael Hollingdale and James Healy will be presenting.

Further information can be found here

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