The Society of Construction Law Australia


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 26 Mar 2019


SoCLA and the YCC in Melbourne invites you to a keynote address by one of the UK's preeminent barristers, Adam Constable QC (Keating Chambers), discussing recent developments to the UK's approach to the prevention principle and its application to construction projects.  Trevor Thomas (HWL Ebsworth) will provide an Australian perspective on this important issue, followed by networking over refreshments.

Membership with the SoCLA is not required.  We welcome all industry participants and students who want to attend this exciting event and join the conversation over drinks and canapes. 

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by using the REGISTER tab at the top of this page by Wednesday, 20 March 2019.  

This event has an audience capacity of 40, so please submit your RSVP as soon as possible as seats will be allocated on a "first in, first served" basis.

More information is available on this flyer.


HWL Ebsworth, Level 26, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne
Wednesday 27 Mar 2019

The recent unanimous decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal in Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd v Ostwald Bros Pty Ltd (in liquidation) [2019] NSWCA 11 has rejected the Victorian Court of Appeal position that an insolvent contractor cannot be a claimant under Security of Payment legislation and described the Victorian precedent as “plainly wrong”. King & Wood Mallesons acted for the liquidators of Ostwald Bros in both the Equity Division and Court of Appeal proceedings.

This seminar will consider the decision of the NSW Court of Appeal, and analyse the implications for other Australian jurisdictions.

More information is available on this flyer.

Please rsvp using the REGISTER tab at the top of this page.

Please email if you are no longer able to attend.


Level 27 Chambers, Level 27, 239 George Street, Brisbane
Thursday 4 Apr 2019

There’s no doubt that to be a successful construction professional you need Resilience. But looking behind the buzzword, what really is Resilience? Both on a personal and an organisational level?

The SoCLA is not only focused on providing events tackling the hard legal topics, but we are also focused on exploring the non-legal tools required to become a better construction professional. Mandy Scotney, Psychotherapist, business leader & founder of Chirp, will explore the skills and behavioural strategies to build and support resilience for individuals and within teams and organisations. Drawing from neuroscience research and self-management techniques, this event will provide you with applied techniques to thrive in our industry.

Mandy will explore whether resilience is something you can learn, she’ll explore how to build it, and discuss protective factors that can be employed to guard against burnout and the other negative impacts of stress in our workplaces and lives. Finally, she’ll consider resilience in our teams and organisations, focusing on how current and future leaders can create a positive workplace climate in order to promote and support resilience across the business.

Please rsvp using the REGISTER tab at the top of this page.

More information is available on this flyer

Piper Alderman, Level 23, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place

Latest News

Tuesday 26 Mar 2019

The Warren Centre will host their second Expert Hour webinar at 11:00 am on 26 March 2019 with Stephen Kip, author of the Fire Safety Engineering Regulation Report.

 First time webinar registrations are FREE.  FIND OUT MORE HERE

Download their second report in this series, Fire Safety Engineering Regulation, available for FREE.

Thursday 21 Mar 2019

Members are advised that the following new texts have been published which may be of interest:

  1. The Application of Contracts in Developing Offshore Oil and Gas Contracts, 1st Edition, by Philip Loots and Donald Charrett.  
  2. Contract and the Australian Consumer Law, by John W Carter and Laina Chan.  

If you would like further details of these texts or to purchase please click (1) here and (2) here.   

Thursday 14 Mar 2019

Members in Sydney may be interested in attending the Sydney Build Expo on 14-15 March at the Horden Pavilion.

Click here for more information or to register for a free ticket.


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Mentoring Program

Applications for our 2019 Mentoring Program are now open. Further information about our mentoring program and how to apply can be found here.

Applications close Thursday 18 April 2019.