Upcoming SCL(NZ) meetings

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20 June 2024

Funding and Financing of Infrastructure Projects in NZ Panel Discussion


Laura Harris, Partner, Mafic Partners
Kathryn Mitchell, General Counsel, Crown Infrastructure Partners
Hugh Kettle, Commercial Barrister, project finance
Andrew Kittle, Head of Project and Infrastructure Finance, Westpac


One date only 20 June 5:30pm for 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Auckland register here
Wellington hub register here
Christchurch hub register here
Hamilton hub register here
Livestream register here

Flyer introducing our panellists and more detail about their discussion



24 July 2024

AGM and Annual Dinner

5:30pm till 11:00pm
The Fable Hotel, 58 Queen Street, Auckland

information out shortly.

Overseas SCL Conferences

SCL(Australia) National Conference 2024

"Cranes, Trains and Little Lanes"
Melbourne 13-15 June 2024

13 June Welcome Drinks at the Plaza Ballroom
14 & 15 June Conference at Zinc at Fed Square
15 June Gala Dinner Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria

visit conference website for all information


SCL(North America) Annual Conference 2024 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Vive Les Projets!: Impact Des Projets De Construction Sur Nos Vies
Long Live Projects: The Impact Of Construction Projects On Our Lives

10 to 12 July 2024
visit conference website for all information

Conferences of interest

NZIQS 2024 Conference

"See Change: Leading Industry Transformation"

12-14 June 2024
Takina Convention Centre
Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington
visit conference website for all information


AMINZ 2024 Conference

one-day dedicated to discussing the latest developments in Alternative Dispute Resolution

4 July 2024
DoubleTree by Hilton
Karaka, Auckland
visit conference website for all information

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

2024 Past Events

May 2024

Design error, design change, design development - a foray into tender risk allocation, nature of loss and the counterfactual world

Helen Macfarlane, Christina Bryant and Kelly Quinn

Flyer introducing our speakers and their discussion in more detail

Livestream recording (courtesy Hesketh Henry) and presentation, CPD attendance now in members only area


10 April 2024

Construction Law Caselaw webinar

Polly Pope, Simon Zhao, Daniel Maier-Gant and Charlene Fairnie

discussed construction law caselaw which covered various aspects of construction law

Flyer introducing our speakers and their caselaw

Livestream recording (courtesy Chapman Tripp) and presentations, CPD attendance sheet now in members only area


March 2024

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

Matt Maling and Hayden Struthers

19 Christchurch – Lane Neave
19 Livestream - courtesy of Lane Neave
20 Wellington - Reflective Construction Law
21 Auckland - Lane Neave

Flyer introducing our speakers and their topic

Presentation, recording (courtesy of Lane Neave) and CPD attendance in Members Only Area


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

introduced and moderated by Steve O'Dea

Auckland, Christchurch, livestream & Dunedin panellists 

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

Wellington panellists

Lauren Whitehead, Dr Naseem Ameer Ali, John Hemi

27 Christchurch - Anderson Lloyd
28 Wellington – Dentons
29 Auckland – Dentons
29 Dunedin - Gallaway Cook Allan hub
29 livestream - Dentons

Presentation, recording (courtesy of Dentons) and CPD attendance in Members Only Area

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