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

Thursday 2 May 2019

This event is now at full capacity and registrations have closed.  Thank you for your interest in the event.

SoCLA and HWL Ebsworth Lawyers invite you to attend this informative presentation by David Weinberger, barrister at 9 Wentworth Chambers.

In the complex and booming construction and infrastructure environment, it is important that those involved in projects understand what they are getting in terms of insurance, as not all insurance products are the same.

In this presentation, David will highlight the importance of understanding construction risk early on and what to consider in formulating adequate insurance cover for projects.

He will cover the different insurance products available as well as contemporary case law to provide an insight into the commercial and legal challenges associated with such insurance products.

By sharing industry "lessons learnt", David's presentation will offer key takeaways for contract drafters, dispute lawyers and project managers to minimise and deal with potential insurance related disputes.

More information is available on this flyer.

Please email if you are no longer able to attend.

HWL Ebsworth, Level 14 Australia Square, 264-278 George Street, Sydney
Thursday 1 Aug 2019

Our 2019 National Conference will commence with welcome drinks on Thursday 1 August 2019.

Friday 2 Aug 2019

The SoCLA Gala Dinner will be held on Friday evening, 2 August 2019 at The University Club of Western Australia, Perth. 

More details will be provided shortly.


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.

Monday 25 Mar 2019

Members in Sydney may be interested in The Future Building Seminar this Wednesday and Thursday 27 and 28 March 2019.

Key Speakers from Norton Rose Fulbright, Australian Building Codes Board, BIS Oxford Economics, Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Laing O'Rourke, Edelman, Innovative Growth Solutions, Resilient Futures and the Supply Chain Sustainability School !

Key Topics include The Future of Building is Already Here, Charting the Future of the NCC and Standards, Exposing the Local and Global Economic Trends Shaping the Building Industry, Tackling Building Non-Conformance, Restructuring the Building Supply Chain Before the Robots and Tech Giants Take Over, Tackling Diminishing Public Confidence in the Building Industry, Getting Products Specified in a Digital World, Pragmatic Sustainability, and Improving the Evidence Base Relating to Non-Conforming Building Products !

More information and ticket sales are available here.



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.   SoCLA members can receive a 20% discount on this text.   Please email for details.
  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.   

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National Conference

Our 2019 National Conference will be held in at The Westin Hotel, Perth, WA from 1-3 August 2019. Click here for further information

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.