Construction Law : Law School : The University of Western Australia

Law School

Construction Law

Perth High Rises

Executive Education

The workshop examines the fundamentals of construction law with an emphasis on their use in the context of petroleum and mining projects.

The nature of resource project contracting arrangements and construction contracts will be covered along with common terms in construction contracts, risk allocation in construction contracts and contract formation.

Topics covered include:

  • common issues including liquidated damages, extensions of time, causation and procedural issues for claims,
  • variations, indemnity and insurance provisions,
  • liability for defects, warranties and indemnities.

The unit will examine these in the context of a construction project for a mine site, involving either a power station for the mine or a desalination plant. 

    Plenary sessions, in the form of lectures interspersed with class discussion, will be supplemented by small-group sessions examining in greater detail concrete or topical problems in the framing or application of the law.

    Details and Registration

    20- 23 November 2018
    Venue: The University of Western Australia

    G.06, Moot Court, Law Building
    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Cost: $3,300.00  (lunch is not included)




    Short Course Coordinator

    Picture of Professor John ChandlerJohn Chandler LLB S'ton

    John is Co-Director of the Faculty of Law's Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law. John has been a practising lawyer for over 40 years specialising in mining and petroleum development and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his teaching and research interests which include oil and gas law, corporate governance and resource investment.


    Workshop Presenters

    Chris RyderChris Ryder, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

    Chris Ryder devises innovative and rapid solutions to complex, high profile construction disputes and projects. With a reputation built on extensive experience, technical skill and unique industry insight, Chris is recognised year-after-year by industry and his peers as one of the foremost lawyers in construction.

    Having advised on multi-billion dollar projects and multi-million dollar disputes, Chris’ distinctive combination of expertise and client understanding has gained the trust of industry giants such as Woodside Energy, INPEX Browse, Leighton Group, Downer Group and UGL.


    Phil LootsPhilip Loots, Seconded as Counsel to Wheatstone Project, Western Australia

    Philip Loots B.Com, LLB, PMD (Harvard) career includes over 40 years’ legal experience in all fields of the international engineering and construction industry including oil and gas mega projects.

    His attributes incorporate specialist expertise in risk analysis and management, capital procurement policy, contracting strategies and project implementation.


    Guest Speakers

    • Members of the Resources and Energy Law Association (AMPLA)
    • Members of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) Australia/Asia chapter
    • Other leading specialists in oil and gas law drawn from private practice and in-house counsel.

    Continuing Professional Points (CPD)

    • Full attendance entitles a legal practitioner to claim six points in Competency Areas 2 and 4 - see program for further information


    Before registration closing date - an administrative charge of 20% of registration will be deducted
    After registration closing date and up to one day before the event - a cancellation fee of 50% will apply
    No refund is available for non-attendance