Announcement of the 2020 Brooking Prize results

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 2020 Brooking Prize.


Paper title



For Fetter or Worse: The Fettering Doctrine in Government Building Contracts

Paul Tamburro (VIC)


Confusion reigns? The effectiveness of contractual provisions which seek to limit liability under the Australian consumer law

Joshua Bridgett (VIC)

Highly Commended (General Division)

Cracking the Code: Claims, Consultants and Ethics in the Construction Industry

Petrina Macpherson (QLD)

Highly Commended (Student Division)

The Successful Delivery of Infrastructure Projects – Fantasy or an Achievable Reality?

Laina Chan (NSW)

(General Division)

Construction disputes after COVID-19 - jaw-jaw or war-war?

Dr Donald Charrett (VIC)

(General Division)

Should parent companies be primarily liable to pay on demand for the acts of their contractor subsidiaries?

Tina Funge (NSW)

(General Division)

The duty to warn and the combustible cladding crisis

Owen Hayford (NSW)

(General Division)

Providing a safe harbour for insolvent contractors – a proposal for Commonwealth reform to divergent security of payment legislation

Christopher Hibbard and Sean Kelly (VIC)

(General Division)

Will COVID-19 cure the poor health of the Australian construction industry?

Kiri Parr and Kevin Pascoe (QLD)

(General Division)

In which payment trust should the Australian construction industry place its trust?

Bianca Teng and Jeremy Coggins (SA)

(General Division)

Security of Payment Laws: Singing in the same key, if not from the same songbook

Andrew Serb (NSW)

(Student Division)


Information about the 2021 Brooking Prize will be published here later in 2020.



Dr Matthew Bell (Chair, Judging Panel)