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Wednesday 27 May 2020

AD – COVID 19 response by the Victorian and Federal Courts.

Our four speakers from Melbourne TEC Chambers Martin Scott QC, Laina Chan, Andrew Downie and Joel Silver, will discuss online mediations, online courts, delay costs and force majeure.

Chaired by Sean Brady, SoCLA Director and Chair of the Events Subcommittee.

More information is available here.

Click here to register 

online webinar
Thursday 30 Apr 2020

Now, with cashflow more critical than ever, understanding recent changes to security of payment regimes and the effects of COVID-19-induced legislation is crucial for clients and their advisors alike. Matthew Hickey and Bianca Kabel of Level 27 Chambers will deliver a concise and practical summary of what was, is and might be, when it comes to securing payment for construction projects of all sizes and at all stages of development.

More information is available here.

Please click here to register.

Online webinar
Thursday 19 Mar 2020

This event has been postponed. 

Please click here for more information.

Sydney Build is Australia’s leading construction, design and infrastructure show taking place at the ICC Sydney, March 19th & 20th.

The show attracts 10,000+ attendees from architects, developers, contractors, civil engineers, government, suppliers and construction professionals.

Your ticket will give you access to 300+ speakers across 20 summits, 350+ exhibitors, CPD sessions, multiple networking events, the Women in Construction Networking Event, LinkedIn Networking Lounge, the Festival of Construction, plus much more.


ICC Sydney Halls 5-7, on 19-20 March
Wednesday 26 Feb 2020

Online registration for this event has now closed.  If you wish to attend, please email.

Research continues to find that workplace mental duress and strain is affecting an alarming number of professionals in the construction industry, impacting on their health and family life.
Members are invited to a seminar by Kelli MacMillan, registered psychologist and former lawyer, to help professionals build essential coping skills to consistently perform at the top of their game.

This is a free event and is open to all.

Members are encouraged to extend this invitation to colleagues and associates. More information is available on this flyer.

The seminar will prove 1 CPD point for legal practitioners.




HWL Ebsworth, Level 20, 240 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Thursday 12 Dec 2019

Online registration for this event has closed.  If you wish to attend, please email.

Advancing contractual structures and aligning incentives between project owners and the supply chain in Australia can help improve project outcomes and increase market appetite and competition. McKinsey & Company research suggests that contractors and suppliers consider contractual structures and incentives to be the principal hurdle to achieving better outcomes on projects, transaction complexity and regulatory burden add unnecessary cost and delays and prevent high productivity.

Presented by Peter Trueman.

More information is available on this flyer.

Please email if you have any enquiries about this event.

KordaMentha, Level 5 Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney
Wednesday 11 Dec 2019

SoCLA invites you to celebrate the end of another huge year in Construction Law.

Come and catch up with Andrew Robertson, of Piper Alderman, Chair of the Society of Construction Law, and Jeremy Coggins, the winner of this year’s Brooking prize for his paper ‘'Levelling the Playing Field’ – A proposal for the regulation of unfair contract terms in construction contracts.

Please feel free to extend an invitation to your colleagues. 

More information is available on this flyer.

Registrations close on Monday, 9 December 2019.




Thomson Geer, level 7, 19 Gouger Street, Adelaide
Tuesday 10 Dec 2019

You are invited to SoCLA's end of year function. 

To supplement festive cheer, refreshments and networking opportunities, four leading figures in the construction industry will provide brief reflections on developments in 2019 and their thoughts on the opportunities in the year ahead. 

More information is available on this flyer.

Registrations close Friday 6 December 2019.


Clayton Utz, Level 18, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne
Friday 6 Dec 2019

This three-day international conference  will feature significant developments in construction and arbitration law in India and be a momentous forum for industry leaders and specialists. Carrying on the reputable legacy of the 7th International Construction Law Conference, New Delhi, which was a conclave of more than 350 delegates and speakers from 24 countries, SCL India and CIArb India have joined hands to create a bigger and stronger gathering of judges, lawyers, construction professionals, academicians, industry leaders, engineers, and architects and other professionals from around the globe for exchanging ideas on contemporary issues of importance to the construction industry worldwide and India, particularly.

More information is available at www.SCLIndiaConference.com

New Delhi, India
Thursday 28 Nov 2019

Online registration for this event has closed 

SoCLA, MinterEllison, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) are presenting a panel event on 28 November 2019.  It will provide in-depth insights into all aspects of the development of renewable energy projects in Australia from engineering and construction, legal and commercial perspectives.

More information is available on this flyer.



MinterEllison, Level 23, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne
Tuesday 26 Nov 2019

Online registration for this event has now closed.  Please email if you wish to attend.

Prior to the High Court's recent decision in Mann v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 32, claims by builders and contractors on a quantum meruit basis could not exceed the agreed contractual price. That practice has now been ruled out in many cases.

This seminar will cover the background decision, precisely what was and was not decided and how the reasoning can affect both inside and outside the construction industry.

The key areas that will be reviewed include:

  • the differences between divisible and entire obligations;
  • understanding what the case decided;
  • the three sets of differing reasoning;
  • variations regulated by statute; and
  • broader impact.

For more information please see this flyer.


Clayton Utz, Level 28, 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane


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