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.
entry now closed
27 November 2023 approval (or otherwise) of topics and eligibility
2 April 2024 Essays to be received
June/July 2024 Prize Winners announced (at AGM or annual dinner)
Conditions of entry and all competition information
Congratulations to our 2023 winners George Sabonadière and Oscar Ji who presented their essays during August. Visit our members only area for their essays and presentations
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presentation slides posted to members only area
Flyer introducing our presenters and further insight into their discussion
Unfortunately due to unforeseeen circumstances we were not able to host this meeting. However, thank you to NZIQS who have shared their recording of Peter's presentation with us.
Recording also posted to Members Only Area
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a summary of the key changes, and how it may change construction contracting practices in NZ
27 Christchurch, Anderson Lloyd
28 Wellington – Dentons
29 Auckland – Dentons
29 livestream - Dentons
Flyer and registration open in 2024
19 Christchurch – Lane Neave
20 Wellington - Lane Neave tbc
21 Auckland - Lane Neave
Recording and slides will be posted to members only area upon receipt
Unfortunately due to unforeseeen circumstances we were not able to host this meeting.
Thank you to NZIQS who have shared their recording of Peter's presentation with us.
NZIQS Presentation now in Members Only Area
presentation and recording in Members Only Area
Regulation and the Race for Robots - Opportunities and regulatory challenges in adopting smart construction robots in New Zealand
Inflation in the construction industry: is a cost fluctuation clause the right solution?
Flyer introducing our speakers and their presentations
essay and presentations in members only area
Recording in members only area
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introducing our speakers | Recording, CPD Attendance in Members Only Area
Consultants often object to contract terms that are “uninsurable”. But what does that mean? Our panellists come from different sectors of the construction industry and will explore the types of clauses that might raise insurability issues in consultancy agreements and why it matters.
introducing our panel | Recording, CPD Attendance in Members Only Area
To mark the 20th anniversary of the CCA coming into force on 1 April 2023, John and Catherine shared their experiences, statistics, learnings, and observations gained through their roles as adjudicators and as an ANA involving the administration of thousands of adjudication cases over the past 20 years.
Presentation, Recording, CPD Attendance in Members Only Area
discussed identifying areas where NZ legislation doesn’t stack up well when compared with international best practice
Presentation, Paper, Recording, CPD Attendance in Members Only Area
2022 Members Only Area for meetings and presentations
2021 Members Only Area for meetings and presentations
2020 Members Only Area for meetings and presentations
2019 Members Only Area for meetings and presentations
I See a Red Door and I Want it Painted Black
The Missing Piece? The case for mandating Dispute Resolution Boards for major public infrastructure projects in New Zealand
Delay liquidated damages post-termination: orthodoxy as the blueprint for New Zealand?
The Future Of Force Majeure: When Climate-Related Disasters No Longer Count
reclaiming the future: The construction industry and New Zealand’s fulfilment of its Obligations under international climate change law
Essays published in Members Only Area
2022/23 subscription rates (GST inclusive):
$143.75 individual or less than 3 in company
$115.00 for 3 or more in same company
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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
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 conference delegates
Transmission Gully site visit
Christchurch Town Hall site visit
The Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct site visit
2021: SCL(NZ) was proud to host the 9th International Society of Construction Law 'Building for Change' Conference
4-5 November 2021
Virtual (due to Covid-19 restrictions international and domestic NZ travel was prohibited), Auckland, New Zealand
9th International Conference Papers and recording
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