Most recent meetings

The Golden Principles of FIDIC

Enrico Vink, former Managing Director of FIDIC

Enrico discussed why the FIDIC forms of contract are the most commonly used forms of contract across the globe being used in over 100 countries since their initial development over 60 years ago.
Enrico outlined the 5 Golden Principles along with
• What is the secret to their success?
• What are the key features of a good contract?
• How does one use or modify such contracts?
• How is this relevant to the NZS3910 debate?

Presentation in Members Only Area

Retentions Regime Review:  A Legal Shemozzle?

Nick Gillies, Partner, Hesketh Henry

This presentation considered the origin and operation of the Retentions Regime, its limitations exposed by Ebert, and how it might be improved. The presentation would be relevant to anyone holding, receiving, certifying or advising on retentions under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.

"It's upon all of us, a 'call to arms' - that we have a view, speak up on amendments, be part of the process" Nick Gillies

Presentation in Members Only Area

2020 Essay Prize Competition

Society of Construction Law Essay Prize Competition 2020

First Prize: $3,000 Second Prize $1,500

The SCL New Zealand’s essay prize is modelled on essay prizes offered by other Societies of Construction Law, such as the Hudson Prize offered by the UK Society.
The competition is designed to encourage an interest in construction law amongst undergraduate or recently graduated students and is open to those who have graduated within the last 5 years.

Eligibility

Entry is available to persons who have an interest in construction law and who, as at 31 October 2019, will be New Zealand residents and:

 will be undergraduate students at a tertiary institution in New Zealand, or
 will have graduated from any tertiary institution with their first degree or diploma within the previous five years.

Essays are a maximum of 5000 words with an emphasis placed on contribution to the study or practice of construction law or to the application of construction law in the industry.

Entry for the 2020 Essay Competition is now closed


ABOUT THE NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY OF CONSTRUCTION LAW

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 800 members from all sectors of the construction industry, including:

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

BRANCH MEETINGS

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
We endeavour to broadcast meetings via Zoom to Hamilton and Dunedin and also host a meeting during the year at these centres if possible.

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.

Upcoming SCL meetings

June Meeting

Panel Discussion with Kainga Ora

23rd Auckland
24th Wellington
25th Christchurch
Flyer and registration available in due course

30 July 2020 – AGM followed by social networking

Now in Members Only Area

The Golden Principles of FIDIC

Enrico Vink, former Managing Director of FIDIC

21 May 2020 - Zoom webinar

Presentation and CPD Attendance register in the Members Only Area


Retentions Regime Review:  A Legal Shemozzle?

Nick Gillies, Partner, Hesketh Henry

2 March 2020 - Auckland 
3 March 2020 - Christchurch
4 March 2020 – Wellington, Hamilton & Dunedin

Presentation and CPD Attendance registers in the Members Only Area


MATES in Construction

Victoria McArthur, Chief Executive Officer for MATES

20 February 2020 - Auckland 

CPD Attendance register in the Members Only Area

2019


An Introduction to the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga and a discussion on the key findings of the report on the use of NZS Conditions of Contract

Dan Cameron, Karen Mitchell, Blake Lepper and Natasha Possenniskie

12 November 2019 Wellington
19 November 2019 Auckland, Hamilton & Dunedin
27 November 2019 Christchurch
Presentation and CPD Attendance register in the Members Only Area

 


Passive Fire the Burning Issues

Alan Page and Jonathan Laird

15 October 2019 Christchurch
17 October 2019 Wellington
22 October 2019 Auckland
Presentation and CPD attendance sheets

 


SCL Mock Mediation

24 September 2019 Auckland

Mock Mediation notes, Construction Industry Chapters

CPD Attendance Sheet

SCL Essay Prize Winners Presentations

Sarah Martin

The Development of the Law on a Builder’s Duty of Care

Carlos Smith-Diaz

Where are my Retentions? Insights from the Ebert Construction Insolvency and Practical Advice for Subcontractors

27 August 2019 Auckland
28 August 2019 Christchurch
29 August 2019 Wellington

Essays  |  CPD Attendance sheets

 

2019 SCL Conference

Fundamentals of Construction Law – the project lifecycle

23 July 2019 – Eden Park, Auckland

Presenters presentations and papers published to 2019 Conference page

 

Earlier 2019 presentations

Demystifying Delay - Emily Simnor
HMNZS Aotearoa - Commander Des Tiller and Mr Aidan Kay
Drafting Insurance Clauses in Construction Contracts - Donald Gardner, Marsh
NZS3910, it ain’t broke, so don’t fix it? - Peter Degerholm & Paul O'Brien

Congratulations 2019 Essay Prize Winners

First Prize - Sarah Martin

The Development of the Law on a Builder’s Duty of Care

Second Prize - Carlos Smith-Diaz

Where are my Retentions? Insights from the Ebert Construction Insolvency and Practical Advice for Subcontractors

Recommended for Publication - Thomas Richards

Builder Beware?

Sarah and Carlos will present their essays in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington on 27, 28 & 29 August respectively

essays published to the members only area


Sarah Martin (centre) 2019 Essay Prize winner with Michael Taylor (Chair Essay Committee (left)) and Stuart Robertson, SCL President



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


SCL bestows Honorary Life Membership

SCL congratulates John Walton  who was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Society in recognition for his valued contribution in the field of Construction Law

John Walton receives SCL HonLifeMembership award from Stuart Robertson

John Walton (left) with Stuart Robertson (SCL President) (July2019)

New Members Welcome

The Society welcomes new members

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


2020/21 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

WORLDWIDE CONNECTIONS

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

SCL(NZ) HOSTS A BIENNIAL CONFERENCE

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