2021 Essay Prize Competition

Society of Construction Law Essay Prize Competition 2021

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

Entry for the 2021 competition is now closed.

Essays due 31 March 2021
Winners announced at the SCL 2021 AGM 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.

2020 Winners

First Prize: Nicholas White

Director Duty More answers, more questions? Unravelling the recent approach to the personal duty of care of directors and employees of construction companies

Second Prize: Sean Gamble

Construction’s Insolvency Predicament: Cooper, Mainzeal and Reckless Trading

Recommended for Publication: Katie Keir

Good time for good faith? Exploring the role of a duty to act in good faith in construction contracts

Recommended for Publication: Lydia Sharpe

The city's breaking and everybody's shaking climate change and the construction industry

Recommended for Publication: Sarah Ryan

Timebars: the good, the bad and how to reconcile the two


Essays published in Members Only Area

Most recent meetings

Construction Arbitration

Polly Pope and Dr Anna Kirk

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

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


2020 Essay Prize winner presentations

Nicholas White - first prize winner

Director Duty More answers, more questions? Unravelling the recent approach to the personal duty of care of directors and employees of construction companies

Sean Gamble - second prize winner

Construction’s Insolvency Predicament: Cooper, Mainzeal and Reckless Trading

Presentations and essays in the Members Only Area

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 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

May

our Digital Reality…

Building Information Modelling - BIM

Kevin Hughes

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

18 Christchurch
19 Wellington
20 Auckland
20 Zoom
20 Hamilton

Flyer


Now in 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


Essay Prize Winners

23 February 2021 - Christchurch
10 November 2020 - Auckland
24 November 2020 - Wellington
Presentation and CPD Attendance registers in the Members Only Area


Dr Matthew Bell (Melbourne) and Philip Britton (London)

10 November 2020 - Zoom webinar
Rethinking residential construction law: a (virtual) journey from London to Auckland (via Melbourne)

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


SCL Council discuss relevant and interesting 2020 caselaw

24 September 2020 - Zoom webinar

flyer with links to the cases

Presentations and recording in the Members Only Area


Panel Discussion with Kainga Ora – Homes and Communities and the Education Infrastructure Service

Trina Lincoln and Patrick Dougherty from Kainga Ora and Alison Murray and Rebecca Robertshawe from EIS

23 June 2020 - Zoom webinar

Presentations and Recording in the 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

Congratulations 2020 Essay Prize Winners

First Prize - Nicholas White

Director Duty More answers, more questions? Unravelling the recent approach to the personal duty of care of directors and employees of construction companies

Second Prize - Sean Gamble

Construction’s Insolvency Predicament: Cooper, Mainzeal and Reckless Trading

Recommended for Publication: (no order)

Katie Keir

Good time for good faith? Exploring the role of a duty to act in good faith in construction contracts

Lydia Sharpe

The city's breaking and everybody's shaking climate change and the construction industry

Sarah Ryan

Timebars: the good, the bad and how to reconcile the two

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 bestows Honorary Life Membership

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

Peter Degerholm receives SCL HonLifeMembership award from Stuart Robertson

Peter Degerholm(left) with Stuart Robertson (SCL President) (30July2020)

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