Graduate Prizes

Graduate prizes

2011/2012 SCL Construction Law Prize

Anthony Lavers presents the prize

Part of the Society's mission is the support of the study of Construction Law, principally through the universities which teach it within degree and professional courses. Support takes the form of grants to assist with the purchase of specialist text books,contract forms and other materials. It also includes the funding of modest prizes for exceptional performance in Construction Law components of the course. This is administered by Council's University Liaison Sub-Committee whose members maintain and develop contact with the members of staff who lead the courses. Where possible they visit the institutions. On 21 June Professor Anthony Lavers visited the University of Bath and presented SCL-funded prizes to the top-performing students on the M.Sc in International Construction Management. This course has since 1989 offered postgraduate learning via a combination of distance learning and residential programmes to students throughout the world and has a significant construction law element. Programme Leader Dr Alex Copping explained that there were joint Prize winners this year. Felix Persaud is a Civil Engineer from Guyana,currently working in Montserrat in government service on infrastructure projects. Katriona Greenhorn is a Bath Engineering graduate, currently working with Davis Langdon on the Birmingham Library. Congratulating both winners, Professor Lavers hoped that they would continue their interest in the subject through SCL in their future careers.

2010/2011 SCL Construction Law Prize  (Salford University)
John Anthony McCormack (Joint Winner)

John McCormack and Andrew Milner receiving their prizes from Peter Phillippo

In July 2011 John McCormack was awarded the LLM with Distinction in Construction Law and Practice. For his dissertation on the Masters course John decided to investigate the ever present problem of orally instructed additional works and payment thereof. His dissertation analysed previous case law and relevant publications seeking to establish a set of guidelines that contractors could use to assist in securing payment for their works. His extensive research produced some very interesting results and John was subsequently awarded the joint highest mark on the LLM Course.

2010/2011 SCL Construction Law Prize  (Salford University)
Andrew Milner (Joint Winner)

Andrew Milner was awarded an LLM with Distinction in Construction Law and Practice in October 2010. For his dissertation Andrew analysed the arguments for and against the inadmissibility of pre-contractual negotiations in the process of interpretation of written contracts. Adopting a black-letter law approach Andrew examined court judgments, key journal articles and textbooks. Andrew’s dissertation is concerned with English law but he also draws upon the law in other jurisdictions notably New Zealand and Australia. Andrew’s exhaustive research produced a wealth of interesting findings and he was awarded the joint highest mark in his class for the Dissertation.

2010/2011 SCL Construction Law Prize  (Southbank University)
Emma Houghton

Emma Houghton receiving her prize

Emma Houghton was awarded the MSc with Distinction in Quantity Surveying in February 2011. For her masters dissertation Emma Jane analysed the use of Z clauses in NEC forms of contract exploring the motivation underlying the use of these clauses, the types of clauses inserted in contracts and the effect of these amendments on the NEC objectives. Her exhaustive research produced a wealth of interesting findings and she was awarded the highest mark in her class for the Dissertation.

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