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Monday 10 Dec 2018

The SoCLA office will be closed for refurbishment from noon on Thursday 20 December 2018 until 9.00 am on Tuesday 29 January 2019.

The office will be operated remotely on the following days during January 2019

Monday 14 January, Wednesday 16 January, Monday 21 January, Wednesday 23 January 2019 (9:00 am - 3:00 pm AEDT)

The office phone [(02) 9230 3292] and email (admin@scl.org.au) will not be checked at other times during the refurbishment.

Urgent enquiries outside of office hours should be directed to either secretary@scl.org.au or chair@scl.org.au

 

Wednesday 31 Oct 2018

Our latest "Let's Connect" submission (by Maike Barton) is "The Impact of the Government Procurement Agrement to Procurement Laws in Australia".  This paper analyses the impact of the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) within the World Trade Organisation (WTO), procurement legislation in construction law in Australia. This paper proposes a study of the relationship between the entities (Australian Government and GPA) outlining how and why the GPA affects the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPR’s).  Members can download the paper from the Resources section.

Monday 22 Oct 2018

Our latest "Let's Connect" submission is  'Subjective objectivity - As built critical path analysis". Submitted by Tommy Wakefield-Smith, this paper looks at the different methods of delay analysis defined by the Delay and Disruption protocol 2nd edition, some of their issues, and ‘subjective objectivity’ and bias by reference to Nobel Prize winner Dr Daniel Kahneman and his work on ‘Judgement Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases’. 

Members can download this document from our Resources section.

Monday 10 Sep 2018

Be sure to check out Jaclyn Masters' review of Dr Donald Charrett's newly published text "The Application of Contracts in Engineering and Construction Projects".  Further details about Dr Charrett's text can be found here and it is available for purchase here.

 

Friday 27 Jul 2018

The Society of Construction Law Australia has been invite to participate in the Building Ministers Forum’s discussions on the Building Confidence Report, “Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia”. 

The report is available at http://apo.org.au/node/171286

The Society would like to hear members’ comments on the report generally and the recommendations specifically.  To enable them to be collated in time for the discussion members are requested to provide their comments by 6 August 2018.

All members’ comments should be directed to Cathie Witcombe 

Friday 13 Jul 2018

Nominations for the SoCLA Board are now open

The notice calling for nominations can be found here and nomination form can be found  here.

The notice calling for nominations provides further information in relation to the Society and the role of the Board.

Nominations close on 20 July 2018 at 5 pm (AEST).
 
Any enquires regarding the process should be directed towards secretary@scl.org.au and admin@scl.org.au.
 
 

Tuesday 10 Jul 2018

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 2018 Brooking Prize.

Paper title

Authors

Result

‘All Promise Outruns Performance’ – The Enforceability of Extended Promises in Construction Contracts

Dominic Fawcett and Hugh Hadgraft (QLD)

2018 Brooking Prize

Do Early Contractor Involvement Contracts used in NSW Government Projects Promote Legitimate Collaboration?

Tina Funge (NSW)

Highly Commended – General Division

Constructive Acceleration in the UAE: A Matter of Contract, Law or Good Faith?

Stefan Pislevik (VIC)

Highly Commended – Student Division

Substandard Balconies are Flooding the Victorian Market: The Legal Context of Causes and Remedies

Catherine Williams (SA)

Highly Commended – Student Division

Is Conventional Insurance for Construction Projects Fit for Purpose?

Dr Donald Charrett (VIC)

Commended – General Division

Adjudication in South Africa: Heading in the Wrong Direction?

Michelle Kerr (South Africa) and Dr Samer Skaik (VIC)

Commended – General Division

Smart Contracts in Construction

Natalie Kozlov (NSW)

Commended – General Division

The Brooking Student Prize was not awarded for 2018.

Information about the 2019 Brooking Prize will be published here later in 2018.

Matthew Bell (Chair, Judging Panel)

 

Thursday 14 Jun 2018

Entries for the 2018 Brooking Prize have now closed.

The Society expects to announce the results by mid-July.

Monday 30 Apr 2018

Expressions of Interest are now being sought for the 2018 Charrett Moot.

More information is available to download here.

Wednesday 18 Apr 2018

The Call for Abstracts for the SoCLA National Conference 2018, to be held in the Hunter Valley from 17-18 August 2018 has been extended to 20 April 2018.

The Organising committee are also pleased to be able to announce that every speaker who is selected to present at the conference will be eligible to receive presentation skills coaching from Ben Richards from Aticus: http://www.aticus.com/ 

Ben is one of the foremost presentation skills coaches in Australia and the Society is excited to be able to make him available to the presenters.

See the Call for Abstracts.

 

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