2023 SCL Conference 29-30 June - Te Pae Christchurch

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2023 SCL Conference

29 to 30 June 2023

From Surviving to Thriving

 

We are excited to welcome you to Ōtautahi Christchurch, for the Society of Construction Law 2023 Conference.

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is the world-class purpose-built venue for the SCL 2023 Conference. Centrally located in the city (within easy walking distance to accommodation options), opening to the river on one side and a central city park, there is plenty to do outside of the conference venue, but still appreciate the connection with nature.

 

Registration information including site tour and accommodation options

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Registration Fees:

SCL Member $640
Non member $790
SCL Student $370

Thursday 29 June 2023
    Optional site tours 
    SCL AGM (open to all members) 5:00pm preceded by welcome drinks 
    Gala Dinner 7:00pm till late 

Friday 30 June 2023
    Full day conferencing, concluding with networking. 

 

Queries or to join our mailing list  please email our conference organisers, Composition on scl@composition.co.nz

sincere thanks to our sponsors for their support

Most recent meetings

May 2023

The Working Day rate in NZS Contracts - is it working?

Graham Topp, James Lyall, Nick Gillies

discussion included the types and quantity of resources that ought to be included in the Working Day rate, consideration of pre contract drafting and consideration of delay costs that may be incurred in respect of a delay for which the working day rate does not provide recovery. 

Recording and ppt in Members Only Area 

April 2023

Insurability issues in consultancy contracts - what’s all the fuss? construction industry panel discussion

Charlotte Kuhn, Emily Walton, Gavin Shaw, Amanda Halfacree, Sam Jack

discussion explored the types of clauses that might raise insurability issues in consultancy agreements and why it matters.

Recording in 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.

2023 Essay Prize Competition

Society of Construction Law Essay Prize Competition 2023

 

First Prize: $4,000 Second Prize $2,000

Winners will be announced at the SCL AGM 29 June 2023

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 2022 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.
 

 

Entry now closed: Dates to watch

 

14 November 2022 - closed

Entry Form submitted for approval of topic and eligibility
 

28 November 2022 - closed

Topic Approval
 

31 March 2023:

Essays received and with Judges
 

June 2023:

prize winners announced at the SCL AGM or Annual Dinner - 29 June 2023
 

 

 

Previous years' winning essays published in Members Only Area

2023 SCL Conference

June

From surviving to thriving

2023 SCL(NZ) Conference

29-30 June 2023

Te Pae Christchurch

all information

Upcoming SCL(NZ) meetings

July

EtC Panel (Engineer to the Contract)

Mark Cubey (EtC Panel Coordinator)

about the EtC panel and what they do  
24 Wellington 
25 Christchurch 
27 Auckland + livestream
Flyer out in due course

SCL 10th Intl Conf 2023

SCL(Turkey)

10th International Society of Construction Law Conference 2023

Winds of Change

18-20 October 2023

Swissotel The Bosphorus, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey

Conference information, sponsorship opportunities and accommodation info

Visit conference website

updates will be posted here as received

Now in Members Only Area

May

The Working Day rate in NZS Contracts - is it working?

Graham Topp, Director, GTQ Expert Services, James Lyall of Lyall Hamson, Nick Gillies of Hesketh Henry

introducing our speakers |  Recording, CPD Attendance in Members Only Area

 

April

Insurability issues in consultancy contracts – what’s all the fuss?

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

 

March

The CCA turns 20!

John Green and Catherine Green from the Building Disputes Tribunal

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

 

February 2023

Adjunct Professor Kim Lovegrove MSE, RML and Mark Colthart (Fortyeight Shortland Chambers)

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

 

November 2022

Delay, disruption, and the story of construction projects

David Watson (Hinds Blunden, Melbourne) and Arie Moore

dissused the interface and the nature between delay and disruption costs and the legal and factual basis for supporting these claims in a New Zealand context.

Presentation, Recording & CPD Attendance in Members Only Area

October 2022

Builders' claims for quantum meruits in Australia and New Zealand: in theory and in practice

Duncan Anderson

discussed quantum meruits and important aspects of how the law of restitution may apply with respect to payment for building work undertaken in Australasia

Presentation & Paper, Recording & CPD Attendance in Members Only Area

September 2022

“Arbitration Unveiled” – New Zealand’s Inaugural Arbitration Survey Report

Royden Hindle and Dr Anna Kirk

research into the use of arbitration in New Zealand and implications for dispute resolution in the construction sector

 

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

 

Congratulations 2022 Essay Prize Winners

 

First Prize - Chante Fourie

I See a Red Door and I Want it Painted Black

 

Second Prize - George Sabonadière

The Missing Piece?  The case for mandating Dispute Resolution Boards for major public infrastructure projects in New Zealand

 

Recommended for Publication: (no order)

 

Oscar Ji

Delay liquidated damages post-termination: orthodoxy as the blueprint for New Zealand? 

 

Jaime Laing

The Future Of Force Majeure:  When Climate-Related Disasters No Longer Count

 

Lydia Sharpe

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

New Members Welcome

The Society welcomes new members

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

 

2022/23 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

 

 

New SCL(Intl) papers are continuall 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

 

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) 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

 

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