Upcoming SCL(NZ) meetings

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February 2024

NZS3910:2023 panel discussion on its implementation

a summary of the key changes, and how it may change construction contracting practices in NZ

Lauren Whitehead, Dr Naseem Ameer Ali, Paul O'Brien

27 Christchurch - Anderson Lloyd
28 Wellington – Dentons
29 Auckland – Dentons
29 Dunedin - Gallaway Cook Allan hub
29 livestream - Dentons
Flyer introducing our panellists and discussion



March 2024

Temporary disconformity unpacked – when is a defect not a defect?

Matt Maling and Hayden Struthers

19 Christchurch – Lane Neave
20 Wellington - Lane Neave tbc
21 Auckland - Lane Neave

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
Honorary Secretary
Society of Construction Law New Zealand

2023 Past Events


Under Water - A case study on the relationship between the CCA and insolvency processes

Sam Holden (Chapman Tripp) in discussion with Brendon Gibson (Calibre) and Michael Harper (Chapman Tripp)

presentation slides posted to members only area

Flyer introducing our presenters and further insight into their discussion


October 2023

The New CCA Retention Regime

Peter Degerholm

The Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Act 2023– are you ready?

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.

NZIQS recording and Peter's ppt now in Members Only Area



construction caselaw / construction law development

Stuart Robertson

Back to the orthodox view – When is a payment claim arguably invalid?

Demasol Ltd v South Pacific Industrial Ltd

Brendan Cash

Successive adjudications: If it quacks like a duck…

G K Shaw Ltd v Green

Christine Gordon

Longstop no more?

Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner Limited v Wellington City Council

Flyer introducing the caselaw and our speakers

Presentation, Recording & CPD Attendance in Members Only Area



2023 essay prize winners present their essays


George Sabonadière

Regulation and the Race for Robots - Opportunities and regulatory challenges in adopting smart construction robots in New Zealand


Oscar Ji

Inflation in the construction industry: is a cost fluctuation clause the right solution?

Flyer introducing our speakers and their presentations

essay and presentation in our members  only area



EtC Panel (Engineer to the Contract)

Mark Cubey (EtC Executive Officer)

about the EtC Panel and new roles and responsibilities under 3910:2023

Recording, CPD Attendance in Members Only Area
Flyer introducing our panellists and their discussion


June 2023 - SCL Conference

From Surviving to Thriving

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

visit Members Only for conference information



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



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



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 will share 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. 

Introducing our speakers  |  Presentation and Recording, CPD Attendance in Members Only Area



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

Introducing our speakers  | Presentation, Paper, Recording and IBQC Building Products Performance Good Practice Regulatory Framework, CPD Attendance in Members Only Area

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.