Working to promote for the public benefit education, study and research in the field of construction law


Since its foundation in 1983, the Society of Construction Law has worked to promote for the public benefit education, study and research in the field of construction law and related subjects (including adr, arbitration and adjudication), both in the UK and overseas.

The Society now has 2999 members from all sectors of the construction industry. It is run by a Council of 20 elected members.

The Society holds frequent meetings and other events in London and around the country.

The Society welcomes new members, both Ordinary Members and Overseas e Members. Read more about the different types and how the benefits compare, and how to apply.

We have regional coordinators in many parts of UK & Eire, and contacts with SCL Societies all over the world.

Looking for a case? Take advantage of our many useful links, covering case law as well as the Construction Act, industry bodies and much more. We also have a database of construction law courses.

Forthcoming events

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

5.30 for 6.00pm

Non-SCL events

Monday, 28 January 2019


The Business and Property Courts in Wales

The Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales, Mr Justice Picken (a Presiding Judge for Wales and a Judge of the Commercial Court) and the Cardiff University Business School are delighted to invite you to a seminar at the University. This event will include a short address by the Chancellor, Mr Justice Picken and Mr Justice Birss (the Chancery Supervising Judge for Wales), and will then be followed by a discussion about the role of the Business and Property Courts in Wales.  Places are limited, and are being allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Please RSVP to:


As a tribute to her distinguished contribution to construction law, and to the work of SCL, the Society has decided to offer a scholarship bearing Frances Paterson’s name.  The purpose of the scholarship is to support doctoral research in the field of construction law at a UK university. 

Entries are now invited for the 2018 Competition from all entrants with an interest in construction law and an idea which they wish to share. First prize is £2,500 and Second prize is £1,250. The closing date for essay submission is Thursday 3rd January 2019.

The Judging Panel of the SCL Hudson Prize has announced the results for the 2017 competition.

This Protocol was prepared by the Society of Construction Law for determining extensions of time and compensation for delay and disruption. The 2nd edition has been published, superseding both the 1st edition of the Protocol and Rider 1 to the 1st edition of the Protocol. You can download it for free, or order hard copies (with a discount for bulk orders).

CIC has published a new ‘Users’ Guide to Adjudication’, which replaces the Construction Umbrella Bodies Adjudication Task Group “Users’ Guide to Adjudication” produced in April 2003. More information here.

A new book has been published by the European Society of Construction Law. It contains accounts of the law of twelve major European jurisdictions in relation to a range of construction matters. It is available at a cost of £75 plus postage. More details in this flyer. The book can be purchased online here.