I am pleased to say that the paper I have proposed for the Society of Construction Law Australia’s conference this year in Tasmania – EXTRA-CONTRACTUAL RECOVERIES: 12 HIDDEN OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS – has been accepted. Subject to some unwelcome relapse into Covid hysteria, this means that I will be in Hobart in person at the beginning of May. SoCLA’s website announces the conference as follows:
SoCLA 2022 National Conference “Getting Risk Right”
Thursday 5 May 2022 to Saturday 7 May 2022
We have all spent far too long cooped up, and this conference should be a welcome breath of fresh air. Hobart is great fun, and I encourage as many people as possible to attend in person. I certainly look forward to being able to catch up with friends in the profession in the real world, and not merely virtually. Over the past couple of years, I have become – like others – a veteran of virtual hearings and conferences. Virtual hearings are rather better than I had expected, but there is something dull and lifeless about virtual conferences. A lot of what one gets out of conferences is what passes outside of the lecture rooms, and besides, some human contact between practitioners helps to oil the wheels of the legal profession.
As it happens, the conference falls just a week before the publication date for my book on Extra-Contractual Recoveries for Construction & Engineering Work, due on 12th May. Printing for that is due to happen next month: the page count has turned out at 518 pages for volume I and 752 pages for volume II. The conference paper will give me an opportunity to introduce just some of the routes that I discuss in much more detail in the book to an Australian audience.
The abstract for my paper is as follows: