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Thursday 16 Aug 2018

Join us at 3.00 pm for our Annual General Meeting.

The SoCLA office is unattended due to our National Conference.  Please contact Cathie Witcombe with any urgent enquiries (0400 33 9747).

Vintage Room, Crown Plaza Resort, 430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale, Hunter Valley, NSW
Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

We are pleased to invite you to this seminar which will discuss the practicalities of extension of time and prolongation claims.

Our speakers, with extensive exposure to the complexities of construction project management and managing delay claims, will share their experience and explore the factual and legal basis for making and assessing extension of time claims.

Nick Longley, Partner of HFW, will discuss two recent decisions in Australia and England which provide some clarity of the judicial approach to the prevention principle. He will also discuss some recent practical experiences in setting 'the rules' for delay analysis in dispute proceedings.

Karen Wenham, Director of Diales, will look at a case study of a project which incurred both delay and loss of productivity. She will demonstrate how the time chainage method of project planning can be used to demonstrate and quantify the impact of issues arising from deviations from tender planning assumptions, latent conditions and variation works, on the project schedule and completion milestones.

More information is available on this flyer.

Online registration for this event has now closed.  Please email to rsvp

McCullough Robertson, Level 11 Central Plaza Two, 66 Eagle Street
Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

SoCLA's Young Constructors Committee presents a "campfire conversation" on 18 July 2018 between leading commercial and legal experts who will share their views and answer your questions on the present and future of collaborative contracting.  The event will involve nuanced discussion of the benefits, challenges and future of so-called "collaborative" and "adversarial" contracting, by reference to commercial and legal drivers, project performance and recent endorsements of collaborative contracting by government.

More information is available on this flyer.


Clayton Utz, Level 18, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne
Tuesday 17 Jul 2018

SoCLA's Young Constructors Committee are thrilled to present this year’s Great Debate.  Please join us for a light hearted evening to watch our two teams debate the future of the construction professions.

Online registrations for this event have now closed 


Ashurst, Level 38, Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street
Wednesday 27 Jun 2018

The Society is pleased to host John Murray AM. He will speak to our members on his final report on the security of payment laws (publicly released on 21 May 2018). The report is the culmination of more than a year long process and makes 86 recommendations.

He will summarise his recommendations and explain his thinking on key areas.

Mr Murray will present live in Melbourne, with his presentation being video-streamed to venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

Further details are in this flyer

Please click here to rsvp 

Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

Please note this event is on Wednesday 20 June not Tuesday 19 June as originally advertised

In 2018 the Commonwealth Parliament will pass a Modern Slavery Act requiring businesses with a certain turnover (presently anticipated as being $100m per annum) to audit and annually report to the Australian government on their supply chains, ensuring that there are no aspects of slavery or labour exploitation practices within. The construction industry is a key area of concern because of its sometimes lengthy and intricate supply chains, particularly in relation to building materials. The audit and compliance processes are quite extensive and require very specialised skill sets in a human rights and organisational auditing framework.

We invite you to join us for an evening seminar to learn more about this very significant change in law and business practices and the implications for your business.

Please use the REGISTER tab on this page to RSVP.


Level 27 Chambers, Level 27, 239 George Street, Brisbane
Tuesday 19 Jun 2018

You are invited to join us to mark the retirement of

The Honourable Justice Vickery

Judge-in-charge of the Technology, Engineering and Construction List, Supreme Court of Victoria

Patron of

The Society of Construction Law Australia and Melbourne TEC Chambers

Please use the register tab to rsvp.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 25, 567 Collins Street
Thursday 14 Jun 2018

Members in Queensland may be interested in attending the second event in 2018 of the International Arbitration Series, a joint initiative of the CIArb Australia and Federal Court of Australia.
To be held in Brisbane, the seminar will be broadcast across Australia via the FCA court network. 

Please note while the event is free for CIArb members and guests, registrations are essential.

Addressed by a distinguished chair and panel, the topics of the seminar will focus on Transparency, Efficiency, Enforceability and Diversity.  

More information is available on this flyer.

Federal Court of Australia, Court 1, Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 119 North Quay, Brisbane
Wednesday 13 Jun 2018

Entries for the Brooking Prize close at 4.00 pm Sydney time today

Tuesday 5 Jun 2018

Please join NAWIC to hear three key speakers offer a high level overview of BIM as an integral part of the design and delivery process for the new Optus Stadium.

A panel discussion, drinks and canapes will follow.

More information is available on this flyer.

Cygnet Room, Optus Stadium, Victoria Park Drive, Burswood


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