2023 SCL(NZ) Conference - Christchurch

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29 to 30 June 2023

From Surviving to Thriving

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

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Upcoming SCL(NZ) meetings


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 overseas conferences

SCL(North America)

2023 annual conference

16-18 July 2023 in Boston, MA

at the beautiful InterContinental Hotel.
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SCL 10th International Conference 2023


10th International Society of Construction Law Conference 2023

Winds of Change

18-20 October 2023

Swissotel The Bosphorus, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey

The conference theme “Winds of Change” is carefully selected, focusing on the changes and transformation of conditions in  construction contracting from both local and international perspectives, after global scale disruptions like the pandemic and climate change.

The Conference programme will begin with speakers from the American and Canadian Colleges of Construction Lawyers (ACCL & CCCL) on the afternoon of 18 October, followed by a Bosphorus Networking Boat Tour. There will be a gala dinner on 19 October 2023 and a cocktail reception on 20 October 2022.

Conference information, sponsorship opportunities and accommodation info

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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


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.