I was pleased to see this announcement from the New Zealand organisation Construction DRB yesterday:
We are delighted to announce that the Honourable Peter Vickery QC has joined the Board of the Construction DRB which means that with Robert Fenwick Elliott, already a member of the Board, we have two of the best legal minds in the South Pacific Region.
Mr Vickery needs little introduction. He is the founding patron of the Society of Construction Law in Australia and in his 30 years at the Victorian Bar, His Honour developed a wide ranging practice in trial and appellate jurisdictions in all areas of commercial and administrative law, while maintaining his focusing on engineering and construction law. He developed the Technology Engineering and Construction List (the TEC List) of the Court and became the first Judge in Charge of the new list, a position he maintained over the last 10 years. His Honour also managed the Intellectual Property List of the Court, and was a Judge of the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court. He retired from the Court on 8 May 2018.
I shared a platform of keynote speakers with Peter Vickery at a SoCLA event a while ago, and was very impressed by him (not something one can say about all judges in Australia). Interestingly, although we approached matters from very different starting points, there was quite a bit of commonality in our approaches as to how construction law could and should be done better.