upcoming events

24 September 2020

SCL Council discuss relevant and interesting 2020 caselaw

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SCL (North America) Conference

Rocky Mountain Highs and Lows: Lessons Learned in Managing Construction Disputes

28 to 30 July 2021

Denver, Colorado

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9th International SCL Conference 2021

SCL New Zealand is proud to be hosting the

9th International Society of Construction Law Conference

Auckland 3-5 November 2021


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

2020 Past Events

August essay prize winners unable to proceed due to Covid-19 L3/2 lockdown


SCL AGM and Social Function



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 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


April John O'Hagan, Otakaro unable to proceed due to Covid-19 L4 lockdown



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 


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2019 Events


An Introduction to the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga and a discussion on the key findings of the report on the use of NZS Conditions of Contract

Dan Cameron, Karen Mitchell, Blake Lepper and Natasha Possenniskie

Senior members of Infrastructure Transactions Unit at Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury will present about The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission/ Te Waihanga Act 2019 which was passed into law on 25 September 2019. This session will provide an introduction to the Commission, and its objective, as an independent entity, to help improve how New Zealand coordinates, plans and procures our infrastructure and makes the most of the infrastructure we already have.
Presentation and CPD Attendance register in the Members Only Area 


Passive Fire the Burning Issues

Alan Page and Jonathan Laird

This meeting was a high-level introduction to passive fire and what you need to know about issues impacting building compliance, and what can be done to improve industry practice. Presentation by Alan Page, Technical Director - Passive, PFITS Consultancy and Jonathan Laird, Project Manager and Director Proform Group .

Presentation and CPD Attendance register in the Members Only Area


SCL Mock Mediation

24 September 2019 Auckland

The session covered the nuances of mediation and how to reach a successful outcome via amicable mediation. John Green played the role of the Mediator and Dr Naseem Ameer Ali and Stuart Robertson the Narrators.

Mock Mediation notes, Mediation in the Construction Industry Chapters and CPD Attendance register in the Members Only Area



SCL Essay Prize Winners Presentations

Sarah Martin

The Development of the Law on a Builder’s Duty of Care

Carlos Smith-Diaz

Where are my Retentions? Insights from the Ebert Construction Insolvency and Practical Advice for Subcontractors

Essays, presentations and CPD Attendance registers in Members Only Area



2019 SCL Conference

Fundamentals of Construction Law – the project lifecycle

Covering all phases of a construction project, from procurement, insurance, performance, to termination and resolving disputes.

Presenters presentations and papers in Members Only Area 2019 Conference


Demystifying Delay

Emily Simnor 

Emily broke down the key elements of delay analysis, drawing on her experience of working on large international construction disputes to provide real-world examples.

Presentation and CPD Attendance registers in Members Only Area


HMNZS Aotearoa – the nuance of design and construction of New Zealand’s largest naval ship

Commander Des Tiller and Mr Aidan Kay

This presentation covered some of the nuances of design and construction of New Zealand’s largest naval ship – HMNZS Aotearoa, including the commercial challenges for contracting and managing a complex engineering project. It discussed the challenges of complying with local and international maritime laws and regulations and the work done to ensure the vessel will be safe and compliant, and fit for purpose.

CPD Attendance registers in Members Only Area



Drafting Insurance Clauses in Construction Contracts

Donald Gardner, Marsh

A review of insurance considerations and implications for the drafting of insurance clauses for construction contracts, focusing on the NZS3910 suite (incl. 3916 & 3917).  The presentation will review how insurance responsibilities affect the parties’ risks and the potential cost of a project, and review the extent of cover available as this relates to the contract clauses.

Presentation, Paper and CPD Attendance registers in Members Only Area


NZS3910 – it ain’t broke, so don’t fix it? 

Peter Degerholm & Paul O'Brien 

Peter Degerholm put the proposition that NZS3910 (and related) conditions of contract need to be regularly reviewed and updated, and that we need to start now. Paul O’Brien as co-presenter provided a well-informed contractor perspective.

The session covered some questions that the construction industry should be asking:

  • What works well in 3910?
  • What are the opportunities for improvement?
  • What are its shortcomings?
  • Who should decide what to keep, what to change?
  • What is the process?
  • If not 3910, then what?

Presentation, video of Auckland session and CPD Attendance registers in Members Only Area