2023 SCL(NZ) events

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23 February

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

identifying areas where NZ legislation doesn’t stack up well when compared with international best practice

Auckland in person (5:30pm for 6:00pm)

Hamilton in-person hub (5:30pm for 6:00pm)

livestream (6:00pm, courtesy of Simpson Grierson)


2023 SCL Conference - Christchurch

29 to 30 June 2023

From Surviving to Thriving

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Call for abstracts out soon

10th International SCL Conference 2023


10th International Society of Construction Law Conference 2023

Winds of Change

18-20 October 2023

Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey


updates will be posted here as received

SCL Presenter Invitation

Do you have a Construction Law related topic?

Anyone who wishes to present to the Society of Construction Law on a construction law related topic is invited to email the Secretary, Jonathan Forsey, indicating their interest in presenting and summarising their proposed presentation topic.

Jonathan Forsey
Society of Construction Law New Zealand

2022 Past Events

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 and 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

Duncan's presentation and paper, CPD Attendance in Members Only Area


September 2022

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

Royden Hindle and Dr Anna Kirk

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

Presentation and Survey Report, CPD Attendance in Members Only Area


August 2022

SCL essay prize winners presented their essays

Chanté Fourie (first place)

I See a Red Door and I Want it Painted Black: Disruption, Force Majeure and NZS3910

George Sabonadière (second place)

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

Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland and streamed online (hosted by Hesketh Henry)

Essays, presentations, recording and CPD Attendance in Members Only Area


July 2022

Dr Matthew Bell, Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School

presents his Hudson Prize winning essay

Contract Damages for Defective Construction Work: An Unresolved Puzzle?

Presentations, recording & CPD Attendance in Members Only Area


June 2022

construction caselaw / construction law development

22 June - Auckland & webinar 

Surviving sudden death – When is a payment claim arguably invalid?
presented by Sam Holden and Ron Qin

Squeaky clean payment schedules
presented by Glen Holm-Hansen and Alice Eager

Presentations, recording (hosted by Chapman Tripp) and CPD Attendance in the Members Only Area

28 June - Wellington & webinar

The dark side of construction and the law: 

presented by Brendan Cash and James France

Presentations, recording (hosted by Dentons Kensington Swan) and CPD Attendance in the Members Only Area


21 June 2022


an event especially for our recent grads

a discussion with Geoff Sharp, mediator

the practice of law, how it’s changing, and what skills lawyers will need to differentiate themselves over the next 10 years 


May 2022

Amending NZS 3910:2013
Should we re-write the role of the Engineer?
Can we do better in allocating risk?
How do we procure in an uncertain world?

Natasha Possenniskie
Peter Degerholm
Helen Macfarlane
Moderator - Naseem Ameer Ali

Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and streamed online (hosted by Beca)

Presentations, recording (hosted by Beca) and CPD Attendance in the Members Only Area


April 2022

Cost escalation/fluctuation clauses

27 April 2022

12:30pm Zoom (hosted by NZIQS)

Marcus Hogan NZIA Professional Practice Director

Lawrie Saegers Managing Director, Rawlinsons

Recording (hosted by NZIQS) & ppt in Members Only Area


March 2022

Achieving Better Value through Tender Processes

9 March 2022

12:30pm zoom (hosted by Aurecon)

Blake Lepper (Te Waihanga, New Zealand Infrastructure Commission)
Norm Castles (NZ Lead – Infrastructure Advisory, Aurecon)
Trevor Manners (Associate – Aurecon Infrastructure Advisory)
Victoria Ware (Consultant – Aurecon Infrastructure Advisory)

Recording (hosted by Aurecon) Presentation, Aurecon's Report and Guidance Notes in Members Only Area

CPD Attendance

Broader Outcomes Guidance  These modules (mentioned by Blake) provide practical guidance to help government buyers consistently apply broader outcomes into their tender documents, and provide greater consistency of the broader outcomes that agencies are using for construction procurement.


2021 Past Events

9th International Society of Construction Law Conference

4-5 November 2021 - virtual

Delegates - revisit the Conference and download papers on the Conference Portal until 28Feb - use your conference login

Papers in the Members Only Area



External fire spread 101

Kevin Frank

Senior Fire Research Engineer and the Building Fire-Safe Densified Housing Programme Leader at BRANZ

15 October 2021 Zoom only session (due to L3 Aklnd and L2 elsewhere lockdown)

Kevin provided an overview and insight into external fire spread and specific issues related to NZ

Recording and Presentation in Members Only Area



SCL Council - Construction case law snapshot - the basics with cases and update on NZS3910 revision progress

28 September 2021 - Zoom only session (due to L3 Aklnd and L2 elsewhere lockdown)


Waiver and estoppel

Michael Taylor and Paul O’Brien

James Hardie Decision- the significance of expert witnesses 

Jonathan Forsey and Stuart Robertson

NZS 3910 revision progress update

Helen Macfarlane, Peter Silcock(Civil Contractors) and Graham Burke(NZCIC)

Recording and Presentations in Members Only Area



Presentation of SCL 2021 Essay Prize winners

First Place: Lydia Sharpe

UNPRECEDENTED! NZS3910, Risk Allocation and Covid-19

Second Place: Oscar Ji

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

A highlight on the SCL events calendar, our essay prize winners present topical and relevant cases in engaging presentations

25 August 2021 - Zoom only session (due to L4 lockdown)

Recording and Presentations 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




SCL recent grad event

career path panel discussion

panellists  shared with our more recently graduated members about how they have progressed their construction career and etched out a unique and respected career path and have got to where they are today

1 June Auckland
8 June Christchurch
15 June 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 (amalgamating 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 and covered:

- Practical steps for parties and arbitrators to improve efficiency.
- Lessons from international construction arbitrations.
- Making the most of remote hearing technology.

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