2021 Essay Prize Competition

Society of Construction Law Essay Prize Competition 2021

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

Winners were announced at the SCL 2021 AGM 14 July 2021

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 as at 31 October 2020 were New Zealand residents and:

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

Essays have to be 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.

Congratulations 2021 Winners

First Prize: Lydia Sharpe

UNPRECEDENTED! NZS3910, Risk Allocation and Covid-19

Second Prize: Oscar Ji

Force majeure and the doctrine of frustration in the COVID-19 world: drafting suitable force majeure provisions

Recommended for Publication: Sonia Ginders

BUILDABILITY – DESIGN BY STEALTH? Buildability, pre-construction services, and the blurred line with design

Recommended for Publication: Victoria Bortsova

Centrality of Price in New Zealand Procurement: Time for Change


Essays published in Members Only Area

Most recent meetings

July

2-Stage Early Contractor Involvement

with Dr David Finnie

David discussed 2S-ECI as a procurement process for employing contractors for construction-only or novated design and build projects

Dr David Finnie

May

our Digital Reality…

with Kevin Hughes

We discussed BIM as a legal tool and to what extent it can be relied upon>br>

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 approx 900 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 also broadcast meetings via Zoom and host a meeting in Hamilton and Dunedin during the year 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(NZ) meetings

August

Presentation of SCL 2021 Essay Prize winners

First Place: Lydia Sharpe

Second Place: Oscar Ji

24 August Auckland
25 August Wellington
26 August Christchurch

Registration opening soon, save the date



AMINZ Annual Conference 2021

Te Puia, Rotorua

5 - 7 August

Conference Theme: He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata - It is people, it is people, it is people

For arbitrators, mediators, lawyers, commissioners, HR professionals, counsellors, and those interested in and working in any field of dispute resolution.
SCL Members at AMINZ member rates
Register here


Now in Members Only Area

How do we improve 2-stage early contractor involvement?

Dr David Finnie

David discussed 2S-ECI as a procurement process for employing contractors for construction-only or novated design and build projects.

13 July Auckland
14 July Wellington (preceded by SCL AGM), Hamilton via Zoom
15 July Christchurch
21 July Dunedin

Presentation and pre-construction services agreement (PCSA) as a beta for adaptation and use as mentioned by Dr Finnie



June - SCL recent grad event

career path panel discussion panellists shared with our recently graduated members about how they have progressed their construction career
Auckland, Christchurch & Wellington



our Digital Reality…

Building Information Modelling - BIM

Kevin Hughes

Kevin discussed BIM as a legal tool and to what extent it can be relied upon

18 May Christchurch
19 May Wellington
20 May Auckland, Hamilton and via Zoom

Presentation and reference documents mentioned by Kevin in the Members Only Area


So where to from here...

Sarah Sinclair and Dean Kimpton

Key trends the construction and infrastructure sectors are playing in their critical role in contributing to NZ’s economic recovery and the broader economic and social outcomes sought by New Zealand

12 April Auckland, Zoom & Hamilton
13 April Christchurch
14 April Wellington


Running an efficient construction arbitration

Polly Pope and Dr Anna Kirk

3 March 2021 - Zoom (almagamating 3 Aklnd & 4 Wgtn sessions due to Covid restrictions)
18 March 2021 - Christchurch

The session was designed to be of interest to counsel, parties, expert witnesses and arbitrators

Presentation and recording (to come) in the Members Only Area



Visit Meetings & Events page for full list of 2020 meetings

Visit Meetings & Events page for full list of 2019 meetings


Congratulations 2021 Essay Prize Winners


First Prize - Lydia Sharpe

UNPRECEDENTED! NZS3910, Risk Allocation and Covid-19


Second Prize - Oscar Ji

Force majeure and the doctrine of frustration in the COVID-19 world: drafting suitable force majeure provisions.


Recommended for Publication: (no order)

Sonia Ginders

BUILDABILITY – DESIGN BY STEALTH? - Buildability, pre-construction services, and the blurred line with design


Victoria Bortsova

Centrality of Price in New Zealand Procurement: Time for Change

Essays published in Members Only Area



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

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

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

Contact SCL(NZ) Manager Melanie Whittaker


SCL congratulates our 2021 Essay Prize Winners

Our 2021 Essay Prize Winners were announced at the July AGM. Our first and second prize winners Lydia Sharpe and Oscar Ji will present their essays in August. See our Meetings page for registration information

Sonia Ginders presented with her essay prize certificate

Sonia Ginders (left) with Stuart Robertson (SCL President) (14uly2021)

New Members Welcome

The Society welcomes new members

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


2021/22 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.

2019 SCL Fundamentals of Construction Law – the project lifecycle Conference

2019 conference delegates

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 

 

2019 conference delegates

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


2021: SCL(NZ) is proud to be hosting the 9th International Society of Construction Law 'Building for Change' Conference

3-5 November 2021

Cordis Hotel, 83 Symonds St, Auckland, New Zealand

Weta Workshop Unleashed! gala dinner venue

visit the conference website to register for updates and all information


2019: Fundamentals of Construction Law – the project lifecycle - Auckland conference papers

23 July 2019 (preceded by SCL AGM)

Level 5 Lounge, North Stand, Eden Park, Auckland.

This conference covered themed project lifecycle stages of a construction project, from procurement, insurance, performance, to termination and resolving disputes.

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

 

2019 SCL Fundamentals of Construction Law – the project lifecycle Conference - Auckland

2017 Identifying and Managing Obligations - Wellington

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