2019 SCL(NZ) Conference

Fundamentals of Construction Law – the project lifecycle

23 July 2019 – North Stand, Eden Park, Auckland

This conference is ideal for anyone in a profession involved in construction law. The day will be full of useful tips and insights.
Covering all phases of a construction project, from procurement, insurance, performance, to termination and resolving disputes - it will be a high-paced whistle stop tour with experts presenting in each area.

A day full of useful tips and insights - not to be missed! 

The programme includes presentations from industry experts – broken into themed project lifecycle stages:

Forming: Planning your procurement; Legal considerations in procurement processes; Finance in Construction; Insurance in Construction

Performing: Contract administration; Construction Contracts Act 2002 – trends and recent developments

Storming: Termination – when, how, rights and remedies; Liability in Construction; Disputes – choosing the process and fighting the case

Reforming: Reforming at formation, performance, and storming stages - through continuing professional education

Registration has now closed

 Unfortunately walk-ins will not be able to be accommodated.



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 presentations, papers and some recorded sessions presented at these meetings are available to members in the 'Members Only' section of the website.

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Upcoming SCL meetings

2019 SCL(NZ) Conference

Fundamentals of Construction Law – the project lifecycle

23 July 2019 

Eden Park


Register here | SCL Student Registration


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1-3 August 2019

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Facing the Future

1-3 August 2019

Rydges Hotel


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11 and 12 September 2019


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SCL(UK) London Conference

19 September 2019

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Now in Members Only Area


Demystifying Delay

Emily Simnor

13 June - Hamilton
25 June - Auckland
25 June - Dunedin via livestream from Auckland
26 June - Wellington
27 June - Christchurch

CPD Attendance Sheets


Drafting Insurance Clauses in Construction Contracts

Donald Gardner, Marsh

30 April - Christchurch
1 May - Wellington
2 and 7 May - Auckland
14 May - Dunedin

CPD Attendance Sheets
Presentation and Paper


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

Peter Degerholm & Paul O'Brien 

4 March - Auckland
5 March - Wellington
6 March - Christchurch

CPD Attendance Sheets
Presentation and video of Auckland session



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


Earlier presentations in Members Only area

Visit Meetings & Events page for full list of 2018 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