Laying the groundwork at Queensland's largest construction law conference in Yeppoon

Laying the groundwork at Queensland's largest construction law conference in Yeppoon

Laying the groundwork at Queensland's largest construction law conference in Yeppoon

19 August 2014

If there’s one engineering event that every project manager should place in their diary it is McCullough Robertson’s Construction Law Conference.

To be held this week in Yeppoon (21 & 22 August), this year’s conference Laying the groundwork for future rewards will look at ways to build certainty and security into your projects right from the start. It will consider the contractual elements of a project as the groundwork for a successful outcome.  The conference provides a forum that encourages interaction and the sharing of industry knowledge.

The 14th annual conference will combine practical legal knowledge with project examples and will be facilitated by experienced construction lawyers in a friendly, team-focused environment. This year’s conference will also include a panel discussion on the major decisions and legislation affecting the industry during the past year.

The conference will also include a session on the latest amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (BCIPA) with special guest speaker Michael Chesterman, the Adjudication Registrar with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

McCullough Robertson Construction Partner Matt Bradbury, who advises clients on risk mitigation and contract administration to help them avoid disputes, said the event was unique to the industry rather than being aimed solely at lawyers, as it gives all industry professionals – both on the ground and in the office – a good understanding of their responsibilities and requirements.

“Often people will come to us at the end of their project when they are in dispute but by engaging with the legal side of the job at the start, you can build into it certainty and security that will save you and your project time and money over the long-term,” Matt said.

The conference is a great opportunity for industry professionals, from project managers and contractors to council and government representatives and environmental specialists to gain a deeper understanding of the legal implications at every step of the project lifecycle, from procurement and project development to commissioning and testing and the associated complications that can arise at the end of a contract.

“There are always a lot of familiar faces at the conference but if you’ve never attended before we welcome you to join us, tell us about your project, share your experiences and learn from other industry professionals and we’re also available to talk one-on-one,” Matt said.

The conference will be held at Capricorn Resort and will include a dinner hosted by footy legend Trevor 'The Axe' Gillmeister.

McCullough Robertson is Queensland’s largest law firm with construction experience covering mining, commercial buildings, oil refineries, industrial plants, bridges, pipelines, roads, rail and ports. The firm assists construction clients with procurement, contract preparation, workplace health and safety, insurance and dispute resolution.  It regularly advises both government and the private sector, and has an on-the-ground team operating between Gladstone, Mackay, Emerald and Rockhampton as well as offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Newcastle.

For more information contact: Sam Ryalls on 07 3233 8818 or

About McCullough Robertson
McCullough Robertson is a leading Australian independent law firm with industry specialists combining legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and foresight. The firm provides innovative, relevant and commercial legal solutions to major corporate, government and high net worth individuals across Australia and internationally. Established in 1926 the firm’s major focus areas are the resources (mining and energy), food and agribusiness, technology, telecommunications, health and life sciences (pharmaceuticals), real estate and financial services sectors.

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