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 600 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.

Upcoming SCL meetings

SCL AGM and Annual Dinner

special guest speaker

- Associate Judge Kenneth Johnston QC

Hosted by SCL

Thursday 26 July 2018

Cordis, Auckland

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8th International Society of Construction Law Conference

Hosted by:  SCL(North America)

Construction Issues - Global Perspectives

The Palmer Hotel, Chicago

26-28 September 2018

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News & other events

AMINZ - International Arbitration Round Table

Victoria University of Wellington and International Law Association invite you to join them for a round table discussion on international arbitration.
23 April 2018 12:00pm to 2:00pm
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AMINZ - Breaking Barriers - Women in ADR

23 April 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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AMINZ - The Gender Diversity Pledge

Hosted by Louisa Wall MP in the Grand Hall of Parliament
23 April 2018 5:30pm
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New SCL(Intl) papers added to the SCL International website

The New 2017 FIDIC Red, Yellow & Silver Books, by Nicholas Gould:  A paper given at meetings of the SCL Gulf Society in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, on 16&17 January 2018

Does Good Faith Have Any Role in Construction Contracts?, by Sir Rupert Jackson: Pinsent Masons Lecture presented in Hong Kong on 22nd November 2017, re-presented to the Society of Construction Law at a meeting in London.

SLC(NZ) members can access these papers on the SCL(Intl) website
Need help accessing the members area of SLC(Intl)? Contact SCL(NZ) Webmaster Melanie Whittaker

New Members Welcome

The Society welcomes new members

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

2016/17 subscription rates (GST inclusive):

$115.00  individual or less than 3 in company
$86.25 for 3 or more in same company


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.

August 2015 City Tour  -  Key Projects in the Christchurch City Rebuild

Christchurch Town Hall site visit 

SCL city tour participants

The Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct site visit


2017: Identifying and Managing Obligations, Te Papa, Wellington download flyer

15 June 2017 Site Tour Transmission Gully

15 June 2017 AGM/Annual Dinner - Mac's Function Centre, Wellington Waterfront

16 June 2017 SCL Presentations including 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


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