The New Zealand Society of Construction Law was formed in 2005 to promote research and education in the field of construction law and a means by which people from throughout the industry could come together to discuss issues relating to construction law.

The Society has over 700 members from all sectors of the construction industry, including:

  • lawyers
  • architects
  • engineers
  • quantity surveyors
  • contractors
  • project managers
  • insurers
  • academics


The Society meets regularly for presentations by speakers, and these meetings also provide an opportunity for informal networking. Meetings are usually held monthly in:

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
There is no cost to members to attend these meetings. 

Copies of papers presented at these meetings are available to members in the 'Members Only' section of the website.

9th International SCL Conference 2020

SCL New Zealand is proud to be hosting the

9th International Society of Construction Law Conference

Auckland 4-6 November 2020

We invite you to register your interest constructionlaw2020.com

Upcoming SCL meetings

NZS3910 – it ain’t broke, so don’t fix it? 

Peter Degerholm & Paul O'Brien 

4 March Auckland
5 March Wellington
6 March Christchurch


Drafting Insurance Clauses in Construction Contracts

Donald Gardner, Marsh

save the date

30 April Christchurch
1 May Wellington
2 May Auckland


Seminar and Symposium:  Resolving Construction Disputes

21 February 2019 - Wellington
22 February 2019 - Christchurch

SCL members at AMINZ membership rates

Now in Members Only Area


The role of expert witnesses and common tensions that arise between experts and lawyers

Janine Stewart, Stephen Price and James White

6 November - Christchurch
8 November - Wellington
19 November - Auckland
27 November - Hamilton

CPD Attendance Sheets
Presentation and Chicago paper


Understanding construction procurement in NZ
A construction industry panel discussion

Chair: David Kelly, CE Registered Master Builders Association

8 November - Auckland
27 November – Wellington 
28 November – Christchurch

CPD Attendance Sheets
Auckland Panel Discussion video



What has changed from the NEC3 contract suite?

Fiona Bennett

2 October - Auckland
3 October - Wellington
4 October - Christchurch

CPD Attendance Sheets
Audio and Presentation


2018 Essay Prize Winners

Zane Fookes and Jack Gordge

21 August 2018 - Christchurch
22 August 2018 - Wellington
23 August 2018 - Auckland

CPD Attendance Sheets
Essays and Presentations


Philip Britton relating to 2017  Trouble with the Neighbours’: Construction, Disruption and Damages

August 2018 expanded version.  Construction and 'Neighbour Risk' Common Law Variants

Retains a comparative Anglo-Australasian focus, providing a fair representation of New Zealand caselaw, including the long dispute on Ocean Parade in Wellington (Appendix B).  


Claims to documents - Documents win cases

Polly Pope and Michael Taylor

21 June 2018 - Auckland
26 June 2018 - Wellington
27 June 2018 - Christchurch

CPD Attendance sheets

Paper and Presentation


Fire Safety and ACP Cladding – Could Grenfell happen here?

Helen Macfarlane

29 May 2018 - Wellington
30 May 2018 - Christchurch
31 May 2018 - Auckland

CPD Attendance sheets



FIDIC amendments

Graeme Christie and Jo-Anne Knight

9 April 2018 - Christchurch
10 April 2018 - Wellington
11 April 2018 - Auckland

CPD Attendance sheets



The Engineer to the Contract: 

How the role evolved and the part played in dispute resolution

Stuart Robertson

27 February 2018 - Auckland
28 February 2018 - Wellington
1 March 2018 - Christchurch
5 April 2018 - Hamilton

CPD Attendance sheets
Paper and Presentation


Earlier presentations in Members Only area

Visit Meetings & Events page for full list of 2017 meetings

New SCL(Intl) papers added to the SCL International website

SLC(NZ) members can access these papers on the SCL(Intl) website

26 papers presented at the 2018 8th Intl SCL North America Conference, Chicago are now available 

Need help accessing the members area of SLC(Intl)? 

Contact SCL(NZ) Manager Melanie Whittaker

Congratulations 2018 Essay Prize Winners

First Prize - Zane Fookes

The Inclusion of a Methodology in Construction Contracts: A Question of Control and Liability

Second Prize - Jack Gordge

Programmable Construction: Disrupting the Construction Industry with Blockchain Technology

Zane and Jack presented their essays in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland in August

Essays & Presentations in Members Only Area

Zane Fookes (left) and Jack Gordge (right) 2018 Essay Prize winners with Stuart Robertson, SCL President

SCL bestows Honorary Life Memberships

SCL congratulates Michael Weatherall (in absentia) and John Green who were awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Society in recognition for their valued contribution to the Society and to the field of Construction Law


John Green (left) with Andrew Hazelton (Immediate Past President) (July2018)

New Members Welcome

The Society welcomes new members

Anyone with a strong interest in construction law is invited to apply for membership.

2018/19 subscription rates (GST inclusive):

$143.75  individual or less than 3 in company
$115.00 for 3 or more in same company

Membership Application Form


The New Zealand Society maintains ties with its sister societies in other parts of the world so that members are kept up-to-date about news and upcoming events in the construction industry in those jurisdictions.

New Zealand members have access to papers published on the SCL(International) website.

2017 SCL Wellington Transmission Gully site tour

Transmission Gully site visit 

2015 Christchurch Key Projects in the Christchurch City Rebuild tour

Christchurch Town Hall site visit 

2017 SCL Wellington Transmission Gully site tour

Transmission Gully site visit 

SCL 2015 Christchurch city tour participants

The Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct site visit


2017: Identifying and Managing Obligations, Wellington - Wellington conference papers

15 June 2017: Site Tour - Transmission Gully

16 June 2017:  Conference at Te Papa, Wellington (keynote Richard Wilmot-Smith QC of 39 Essex Chambers, London)

2015 : Best Practice Procurement and Contracting in NZ Construction & Infrastructure - Christchurch conference papers

13 August 2015 : City Tour- Key Projects in the Christchurch City Rebuild (photos above)

14 August 2015 : Conference at The Chateau on the Park (photos below)

2014 : When the Contract Gets Dirty – applying the contract to on-site reality - Auckland conference papers

2012 : Construction Law Core Skills Seminar, Fundamental Topics in Construction Law presented by Leading Industry Practitioners - Auckland conference papers


2017 Identifying and Managing Obligations - Wellington

2015 Best Practice Procurement and Contracting in NZ Construction & Infrastructure Conference - Christchurch