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. The judging panel places emphasis on originality of thought and approach. The length of essay is a maximum of 5000 words. (While footnoting or other methods of referencing sources does not count towards this total and is encouraged, some recent entrants appear to have tried to avoid 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).
Eligible subjects can be drawn from any part of construction law widely defined, including (but not restricted to) construction and engineering contracts, contract administration, claims, arbitration, adjudication and dispute resolution, construction litigation, the law of torts, company law, property law,procurement, professional negligence, taxation (although this must be related to construction) and any other aspect of law or procedure relevant to the construction industry. First prize is £2,500 and Second prize is £1,250. Entrants can also be Highly Commended or Commended. 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. All who are awarded prizes or commendations receive a year's free membership of the Society. The Society may decide, at its discretion, to publish the successful papers, in hard copy and/or electronic format.
Past winners have included members of almost all the disciplines relating to construction law including barristers (including pupils), solicitors (including a trainee), quantity surveyors, engineers, academics, architects, and several hybrids qualified in more than one discipline.
Further information and entry details can be found here or obtained from Jill Ward firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for essay submission is Thursday 3rd January 2019. Any queries can be referred to the panel via Jill Ward in the first instance.