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Monday 15 Jul 2019

Members in Sydney may be interested in the prefabAUS 2019 Conference from 10-11 September at the International Convention Centre.  More information is available from their website 

Thursday 11 Jul 2019

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 2019 Brooking Prize.


Paper title


Recommended result

‘Levelling the Playing Field’ – A proposal for the regulation of unfair contract terms in construction contracts

Dr Jeremy Coggins (SA)


Protecting David from Goliath: Why Harmonising Australian Security of Payment Laws is not in Queensland's Best Interests

Jane Evelyn (Qld)


Contractors, Owners and Banks: relationships built on trust and security?

Daniel Morris (WA)


Out-of-pocket security, out of control?

Tina Funge (NSW)


The early resolution of construction disputes – has the High Court changed the game?

William Marshall (NSW)


Is it ever appropriate to employ a prospective delay analysis for a time distant event, in a dispute context?

Catherine Williams (SA)



Information about the 2020 Brooking Prize will be published here later in 2019.

Wednesday 3 Jul 2019

Members may be interested in the International Bar Association Annual Conference which will be held in Seoul, South Korea from 22-27 September 2019.

More information is available from this link.

Monday 1 Jul 2019

Members may be interested in the attached Discussion Paper: Building Stronger Foundations - Implementing the NSW Government Response to the Shergold Weir Building Confidence Report.

Tuesday 25 Jun 2019

Members in Melbourne may be interested in attending the seminar  "Current Tricks of the Trade in Variations" conducted by the Australian Cost Engineer Society.

Venue: Engineers Australia at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 16 July 2019 in Melbourne.  More information is available on this flyer.

Thursday 13 Jun 2019

The recent paper "Defects on large-scale construction projects – what you need to know following recent cases including Opal and Lacrosse" presented by Michael Whitten QC and Andrew Downie is now available to download from our Resources.  Members will need to be logged in to access the paper.


Wednesday 5 Jun 2019

For the past eight years, the School of International Arbitration at the Queen Mary University of London has conducted a major empirical survey into International Arbitration.  Previous QMUL surveys are available here
This year's survey focuses on efficiency in international construction arbitrations and aims to identify the causes of inefficiency in resolving international construction disputes, suggest practical steps forward, and challenge perceptions.  The QMUL media release and recent Kluwer Arbitration Blog post providing further information about the survey are available here and here
Members are invited to share their experience by completing the survey here.  The survey will remain open until Friday 26 July 2019.

Thursday 30 May 2019

Members in Melbourne may be interested in attending the MLS Alumni Breakfast Seminar with Phillip Greenham on Tuesday 4 June 2019 from 7.00am - 8.30am.

Location: Slate Restaurant Bar, 9 Goldsbrough Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000.  Please click here to register.

Friday 17 May 2019

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 30 May 2019 at 5 pm (AEST).
Any enquires regarding the process should be directed towards chair@scl.org.au and admin@scl.org.au.

Monday 13 May 2019

Several new papers have been added to the SCL International website in recent weeks.

You can access these at https://www.sclinternational.org/members/papers and will need to be logged in first.

Please email  if you have any questions regarding registering on the SCL International website.  Registration is free for SoCLA members.


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