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

Saturday 14 Sep 2019

SoCLA and the Lighthouse Club Brisbane are excited to announce the fourth annual Brisbane Charity Ball.

Dust off your finest black tie gear and get ready for a night of fun, food and drinks as well as live music and casino games! 

Monies raised on the evening go to support the important work of the Lighthouse Club.


SoCLA and the Lighthouse Club are also pleased to announce their generous Gold Sponsor, Corrs Chambers Westgarth.  Further sponsorship opportunities are still available.  For details, please contact Gerard Saunders or Jillian Rathbone.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.  

The Pullman Hotel, Corner Ann & Roma Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Thursday 19 Sep 2019

Members may be interested in attending The Society of Construction Law London Conference.

More information is available on this flyer.

Institute of Engineering Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London
Sunday 22 Sep 2019

The International Bar Association Annual Conference will be held in Seoul, South Korea from 22-27 September 2019.

More information is available from this link.

Seoul, South Korea

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Monday 15 Jul 2019

Members in Sydney may be interested in the prefabAUS 2019 Conference from 10-11 September at the International Convention Centre.  More information is available from their website 

Thursday 11 Jul 2019

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 2019 Brooking Prize.


Paper title


Recommended result

‘Levelling the Playing Field’ – A proposal for the regulation of unfair contract terms in construction contracts

Dr Jeremy Coggins (SA)


Protecting David from Goliath: Why Harmonising Australian Security of Payment Laws is not in Queensland's Best Interests

Jane Evelyn (Qld)


Contractors, Owners and Banks: relationships built on trust and security?

Daniel Morris (WA)


Out-of-pocket security, out of control?

Tina Funge (NSW)


The early resolution of construction disputes – has the High Court changed the game?

William Marshall (NSW)


Is it ever appropriate to employ a prospective delay analysis for a time distant event, in a dispute context?

Catherine Williams (SA)



Information about the 2020 Brooking Prize will be published here later in 2019.

Wednesday 3 Jul 2019

Members may be interested in the International Bar Association Annual Conference which will be held in Seoul, South Korea from 22-27 September 2019.

More information is available from this link.

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