Queensland's largest construction law conference returns to Central Coast
31 August 2012
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 next week in Yeppoon (6 and 7 September), this year’s conference Industry Change – Contract Certainty will look at the contract as the foundation for a successful project and will consider the implications for your business and project when the terms are not carefully considered right from the start.
The 12th annual conference will be officially opened by Councillor Bill Ludwig and 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 an industry focused session where owners and contractors will be represented in a panel discussion.
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.
'Many areas of regional Queensland are experiencing rapid project growth, particularly related to the resources sector. It follows that as the scale and complexity of projects increases, so does the number of claims and disputes; so it’s important to get the project fundamentals right, right from the start,' Matt said.
'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.'
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 AFL legend and sports commentator Sam Kekovich.
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.
To register for the conference, visit www.mccullough.com.au/constructionconference