Whether your client is the builder, owner, contractor or sub-contractor, supplier or lender the issues in building and construction law are complex and difficult to clarify.

The Thomson Reuters Building & Construction Law Conference series taking place in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane over 27-29 November aims to address current and contentious issues such as: Security of Payments legislation post the Murray Report; insolvency reform and the new Ipso Facto regime; cladding liability and claims; procurement for construction; understanding ADR what works and when; and delay and concurrent delay.

The Building & Construction Law Conference is a one-day intensive for construction lawyers and industry professionals in the building, construction, property, infrastructure, engineering and associated industries. The Conference aims to remove uncertainty, reduce the risk of litigation and increase building compliance.

Speakers include:

  • Ian Bailey AM SC, Wentworth Chambers
  • Lisa Stankiewicz, Group General Counsel, McConnell Dowell
  • Plus Allens | Norton Rose Fulbright | Clayton Utz | Keypoint Law | FTI Consulting and many more

We look forward to meeting you at the conference.

For any event enquiries, please email eventsau@thomsonreuters.com

Dates & Locations

27th November 2018

28th November 2018
Sheraton at the Park

29th November 2018
Stamford Plaza


Early Bird
$595 + GST
(Early Bird ends 12/10/18)

$695 + GST



For any event enquiries email eventsau@thomsonreuters.com





Welcome from the chair

Melbourne: George H Golvan QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar
Sydney: Michael Christie SC, Barrister, Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers
Brisbane: Crystal Ray, Senior Associate, Construct Law Group


Construction legislation and regulation: what needs to happen to raise standards to prevent a crisis in construction

The lack of cohesion in construction regulation across Australia leads to a frustrating and overly complex system, with multiple jurisdictions and different legislative and administrative requirements. This session will cover how the lack of consistency in regulation is impacting the quality and safety of buildings and what needs to change in terms of legislation, insurance and certification to prevent crisis in construction.

Ian Bailey AM SC, Wentworth Chambers


Building Code Compliance

The Building Codes set out the Commonwealth Government’s expected standards of conduct for all building industry participants that seek to be, or are, involved in Commonwealth funded building work. This session will cover common compliance issues including security of payment

Janine Drennan, National Manager, Building Code for the Australian Building and Construction Commission




Case law roundup: what are the practical implications for contracting parties following recent Court decisions?

What are the implications of recent case law, recommendations for clients with existing contracts and considerations for new building contracts.

Melbourne: Nick Rudge, Partner, Allens
Sydney: Leighton O’Brien, Partner, Allens
Brisbane: Dan Young, Partner, Allens


Delay, disruption and concurrent delay

Delay and disruption are endemic in the construction industry and lead to time and cost overruns. Assessing delay and disruption on construction projects, and issues as to whether there is concurrent delay, are complex and difficult. This practical presentation will cover the distinction between delay and disruption and what is concurrent delay to provide some clarity in these highly complex areas of construction law.

Robert Gemmell, Director, FTI Consulting


Headline issues for inhouse counsel for the construction industry

Melbourne: Lisa Stankiewicz, Group General Counsel, McConnell Dowell
Brisbane: Jodi Palmer, General Counsel, BMD Group




Construction insolvency reform: the new Ipso Facto regime

The new insolvency reforms commenced on 1 July 2018 impacting on the right to terminate contracts triggered by insolvency events. The presentation will cover how to navigate the insolvency reforms in the context of the construction industry, the impact on new contracts and dual regimes (pre and post 1 July contracts), as well as ‘step in rights’ and bank guarantees.

Melbourne & Sydney: Peter Harrison, Partner, Thomson Geer
Brisbane: Robert Tooth,Senior Associate, King & Wood Mallesons


ADR: what works and when?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of adjudication, arbitration or mediation? When does it benefit your client or company and which dispute resolution option provides you with the best chance of success? This session will cover the practical applications of ADR to recent construction disputes.

Melbourne: James Waters, Barrister, Victorian Bar
Sydney & Brisbane: Laina Chan, Barrister, 2 Selborne Chambers, Director, Secretary of Society of Construction Law Australia, Member of Melbourne TEC Chambers




Procurement and contracting in the construction industry

This session covers one of the key issues in industry today is the need for a more collaborative approach to procurement and contracting.

Melbourne: Andrew Fry, Partner, Clayton Utz
Sydney: Lina Fischer, Partner, Clayton Utz
Brisbane: Chris Slocombe, Partner, Clayton Utz


Cladding claims and liability, who is responsible?

With the Grenfell Disaster in the UK drawing international coverage, building cladding has come under scrutiny in the past 12 months. This session will cover the Australian regulatory responses to these risks, the duties and responsibilities. There will be discussion on liability for cladding removal as well as issues in sourcing non- conforming products.

Roland Burt, Consulting Principal, Keypoint Law




Ian Bailey SC Ian Bailey SC Wentworth Chambers

Nick Rudge Nick Rudge Partner, Allens
Leighton O'Brien Leighton O'Brien Partner, Allens
Dan Young Dan Young Partner, Allens
Robert Gemmell Robert Gemmell Director, FTI Consulting
Laina Chan Laina Chan Barrister, 2 Selborne Chambers, Director, Secretary of Society of Construction Law Australia, Member of Melbourne TEC Chambers
Lina Fischer	Lina Fischer Partner, Clayton Utz
Lisa Stankiewicz Lisa Stankiewicz Group General Counsel, McConnell Dowell
Roland Burt Roland Burt Consulting Principal, Keypoint Law
James Waters James Waters Barrister, Victorian Bar
Peter Harrison Peter Harrison Partner, Thomson Geer
George H Golvan QC George H Golvan QC Barrister, Victorian Bar
Crystal Ray Crystal Ray Senior Associate, Construct Law Group
Robert Tooth Robert Tooth Senior Associate, King & Wood Mallesons
Michael Christie Michael Christie, SC Barrister, Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers
Jodi Palmer Jodi Palmer General Counsel, BMD Group
Andrew Fry Andrew Fry Partner, Clayton Utz
Chris Slocombe Chris Slocombe Partner, Clayton Utz
JanineDrennan Janine Drennan National Manager, Building Code for the Australian Building and Construction Commission
Ian Bailey SC