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Papers invited for 2023 SCL Hudson Prize

The subject matter for entry must be related to Construction Law and could include Construction & Engineering Contracts; Dispute Resolution / Avoidance; any aspect in relation to Arbitration; Adjudication; Litigation; Contract Law; Public Procurement; or Tort. The SCL invites entries from all disciplines. 

1st Prize    -    £3,000 plus a case of Champagne
2nd Prize    -    £1,500 plus a case of Wine

The Judging Panel will allocate marks as follows:

  • 50% - ‘Originality of thought or approach and contribution to the study or practice of construction law or its applications in the industry’.
  • 40% - ‘Quality of analysis, explanation and discussion of chosen topic’. Considerable weight is given to the freshness of ideas and the value of the work.
  • 10% - ‘Clarity of presentation, grammar, spelling, punctuation and any referencing’.

Entries must be original, ie, not previously published elsewhere.  The Society reserves the right to publish the winning entries in hard copy and/or on its website, with copyright being held jointly by the author and the Society.  The award of prizes or commendations, or the decision not to award them, is in the absolute discretion of the Society through its judging panel.

Entries must be:

  • Not more than 5000 words (Please note: Whilst footnoting or other method of referencing sources does not count towards this word limit, some recent entrants appear to have tried to increase the word limit by loading footnotes with matters of substance, sometimes running to several paragraphs, in a disproportionate and inappropriate way.  This is almost always counter-productive) 
  • An accurate word count must be provided, including all text but excluding footnotes
  • Identifiable by essay title only:  It is essential that the author’s name or company name does not appear anywhere on the paper itself.
  • Accompanied by a covering letter, showing title of entry, author’s name and daytime telephone number.

The closing date for entries is 4th January 2024, entries should be sent by email to and an acknowledgement obtained before midnight on that date.  Any queries please contact me at 

Lauren Adams
Chair of the Hudson Prize Judging Panel