2022 SCL(NZ) upcoming events

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19 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?

5:30pm for 6:00pm to 7:30pm in person and zoom

Natasha Possenniskie
Peter Degerholm
Helen Macfarlane
Moderator - Naseem Ameer Ali

Auckland venue tbc

Hamilton in person hub

Wellington in person hub

Christchurch in person hub

Dunedin in person hub



2022 SCL overseas upcoming events


Project Success or Failure – What Complexity Theory Can Tell Us About Risk in Construction

WEBINAR: S$60.00

20 April 2022

Visit website for all information and registration




Inaugural Annual Conference

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

6-8 July 2022

Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Denver, Colorado

Participants will include Owners, Senior Construction Executives, General Counsel, Construction Attorneys, Arbitrators, Academics, Design Professionals, and Consultants. Speakers will include a number of leaders and professionals from various jurisdictions who will share their invaluable knowledge and experience and highlight various issues, opportunities and emerging trends.

Visit Conference website for all information and online registration


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


Cost escalation/fluctuation clauses

27 April 2022

12:30pm Zoom

Marcus Hogan NZIA Professional Practice Director

Lawrie Saegers Managing Director, Rawlinsons

Hosted on NZIQS webinar platform

Recording & ppt in Members Only Area



Achieving Better Value through Tender Processes

9 March 2022

12:30pm zoom

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, 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