The building and construction industry must anticipate and ready itself for COVID-19’s effects: supply chain disruptions, labour and material shortages, price escalations for material and labour, hiked insurance, finance and not to mention delays and disruptions to projects. Everyone in the building and construction industry must know how to effectively manage the contractual impacts of COVID-19 to navigate a path for the future. We are delighted to announce Thomson Reuters Building & Construction Law Online Conference to be held on 6 August 2020.

The online conference will focus managing impacts of COVID-19 including construction contracts, insolvency, construction disputes and emerging issues in employment under COVID-19.

We look forward to meeting you at the event.

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Dates & Time

Thursday, 6 August
9am - 12pm AEST


$239 + GST

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Webinar earns 3 hours in substantive law


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Welcome from moderator 

John O'Kane, Partner, Hall and Wilcox


A Never Again… what COVID-19 taught us about force majeure, frustration and construction contracts

Most Australian Standard construction contracts do not contain a Force Majeure definition or clause, instead leaving such unforeseeable events to the other mechanisms of the contract, such as the Extension Of Time regime etc.  During the COVID-19, principals and contractors had cause to look to their contracts to navigate the unexpected issues that arose, and found they were left wanting.  This presentation steps through what Force Majeure is and where it is used, contrasts that with frustration and then puts that in the context of popular construction contracts.  The purpose of this overview is to identify how these contracts and principles let us down, and what we can do to futureproof our contracts against recurrence.

Scott Alden, Partner, Holding Redlich


The latest in insolvency reform and temporary amendments to Australian insolvency laws due to COVID-19

The Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020 has come into force making temporary amendments to Australian insolvency and corporations laws. What are the implications of the amendments?

Ly Hoang, Partner - Commercial + Insolvency, Vincent Young 




Resolving building and construction disputes: why negotiation is the imperative

Disputes can arise between builders, owners, contractors, and subcontractors at any stage of the construction project.  Now using negotiation strategies to resolve disputes in this post COVID-19 environment is an imperative instead of going directly to litigation to resolve disputes. As the negotiator how do you achieve the best terms for the party that you represent? How do you preserve the parties’ relationship?

Kim Lovegrove, Honorary Consul, MSE, RML, F.A.I.B, Senior Lawyer, Lovegrove Cotton lawyers, Adjunct Professor


COVID-19 and employment issues

This session will cover important employment issues which have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic including:

  • General employer obligations, including safety considerations for working on-site and employees working remotely
  • The JobKeeper scheme, temporary flexibility changes to the Fair Work Act, and other pandemic measures
  • Options for dealing with slowdowns and reductions in a JobKeeper context, including directions to employees to reduce and change hours
  • Options available outside of the JobKeeper framework, including encouraging/directing leave and non-JobKeeper stand downs

Brett Feltham, Partner, Gadens