Background and Purpose of the Moot
The Society of Construction Law Australia is pleased to run the annual Charrett Moot competition, a mooting competition for young professionals in the infrastructure and construction industries. Participants include lawyers, engineers, quantity surveyors and other professionals (up to 4 years post-qualification experience).
The Charrett Moot is named in honour of Donald Charrett, Australia's leading figure in construction law. Dr Charrett is currently a Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator and Dispute Board Member practising in building and engineering disputes, and prior to signing the Victorian bar roll in 2004, Dr Charrett was a leading engineer and solicitor. Dr Charrett oversees the competition and moderates the annual Grand Final.
A key objective of the moot is to encourage young practitioners to be involved in advocacy and public speaking, and to increase their exposure in the infrastructure and construction industries. To achieve this aim, the Grand Final is conducted as part of the Society's annual National Conference in front of conference delegates and other leading industry figures.
The moot is designed to be a learning opportunity, whilst also giving participants the chance to step out of their comfort zones in a supportive environment. Past moot judges have included leading solicitors and barristers, academics and Supreme Court judges.
History and Past Grand Finalists
The first Charrett Moot was contested in 2015.
The reigning winners comprise a team from Minter Ellison (Brisbane): Sarah Cahill, Alexandria Hammerton, Ben Garvey and Hazal Gacka, winners of the 2017 Grand Final moot at the national conference at the Gold Coast.
Previous Winners include:
- 2016: Rebecca Lew, Sophie Westland, Stephen Moore and Timothy Rankin (Ashurst (Melbourne))
2015: Raeesa Rawal, Josh Singer and Sean Kelly
Details for the 2018 Moot
Entries in the 2018 Charrett Moot will open early-2018. Precise details will be posted early in 2018. To be advised of updates including when registrations open, be sure to sign up as a member of the Society.
The Charrett Moot will again be run as a national competition in 2018, with the Grand Final to take place at the Society's National Conference in the Hunter Valley, NSW.
Please note: all participants must be current members of the Society of Construction Law Australia.