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Episode 3 - Kiri Parr: Building The Better Pitch

SCL Australia Podcast

Release Date: 12/04/2016

Episode 21: DRBs:  Cheap insurance for real time dispute resolution show art Episode 21: DRBs: Cheap insurance for real time dispute resolution

SCL Australia Podcast

Stephen Callaghan of Stephen Callaghan Consulting Pty Ltd sits down with Melissa Yeo to discuss Dispute Resolution Boards, how they work, what parties can expect and why they are likely to become more popular in the future.

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Episode 20: Let the Tears Be Not Yours: the Case for Diversity, Collaboration and Active Risk Management on Construction Projects show art Episode 20: Let the Tears Be Not Yours: the Case for Diversity, Collaboration and Active Risk Management on Construction Projects

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Insights into construction contracts, risk management and how to deliver a successful project.

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Episode 19: It All Changed On-Site. Or Did it…?  show art Episode 19: It All Changed On-Site. Or Did it…?

SCL Australia Podcast

If you have ever wondered whether your construction Contract can be varied by what happens on site, or how contractor claims are treated and whether your entire agreement clause is effective; this episode is for you.

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Episode 18 - Lessons from Success and Failure in Major Construction Projects show art Episode 18 - Lessons from Success and Failure in Major Construction Projects

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Adrian Hughes QC of 39 Essex Chambers in London, shares lessons from success and failure in major construction projects including the New Berlin Airport, the Scottish Parliament and Wembley Stadium.

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Episode 17 - Trouble with the Neighbours show art Episode 17 - Trouble with the Neighbours

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Philip Britton, visiting professor of King’s College in London and Senior fellow of Melbourne Law School presents his paper, Trouble with the Neighbours: Construction, Disruption and Damages.

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Episode 16 - So You Think You're Rational? show art Episode 16 - So You Think You're Rational?

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Have people ever seemed to act inconsistently to you? Why do you think people are incredibly open and flexible one day, but very focused and structured the next? Why do you think some people are infuriated by things that seem insignificant to you? This episode podcast explores two key systems in our brain: (un)creatively named System I and System II. By understanding how these systems work together can provide helpful insight into understanding why we make decisions and act in the ways we do. Anna Waters specialises in organisational engagement, leadership and performance. Anna has a deep...

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Episode 15 – Grenfell Tower and Construction Regulation show art Episode 15 – Grenfell Tower and Construction Regulation

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On 14 June 2017, a shocked world watched a tragedy unfold in the west of London. When the smoke cleared from the fire at the Grenfell Tower, 71 people were found to have perished. Whilst the specific causes of the fire are still being investigated, there is no doubt that the recent installation of polyethylene-core façade cladding was a major contributor to its reduced survivability; in turn, the ability of that cladding to be installed is being seen as a significant failure of the regulatory system for the protection of building occupants. On 8 May 2018, Matthew Bell presented a paper to the...

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Episode 14 – Don’t Let Them Take You Alive!  show art Episode 14 – Don’t Let Them Take You Alive!

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Sean Brady, SCL Australia Director, interviews Kiri Parr, Arup Principal and Legal Counsel, on how we need to disrupt the construction industry.    Have clients given too much power to their lawyers? Where are we as a construction industry? Where are we headed?  What are the impacts of mega projects on the everyday working lives of our people, and what are the biggest disconnects between how we think big projects work, as opposed to how they actually work in practice?  Why is Australia holding back from being a leader in the construction industry? And are lawyers and...

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Episode 13 - Private Certification and Defective Building Materials show art Episode 13 - Private Certification and Defective Building Materials

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At the recent SCL National Conference, Director Ian Bailey AM SC discussed the topical issue of private certification and defective building materials with Alisa Taylor, Partner at Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers in Canberra. Ian and Alisa discuss the need to get a unified approach across Australia to address the issues encountered by the industry in building regulation.  If you missed out on attending this conference, Alisa and Ian run through some of the highlights and key takeaways from the presentations. Alisa and Ian are introduced by Sean Brady, an SCL director. This podcast is for...

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Episode 12 - Construction Project Failures: Will We Ever Learn? show art Episode 12 - Construction Project Failures: Will We Ever Learn?

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When an aircraft crashes, or there is a near-miss, the airline industry rushes to learn the lessons so as to keep planes flying safely across our skies. Why doesn’t the construction industry take the same approach to project failures? In this podcast, Jaclyn Smith is joined by her fellow SoCLA directors, Dr Sean Brady (Brady Heywood), Matthew Bell (Melbourne Law School) and Kara Vague (Downer) to discuss the human element in construction projects. We explore the role of lawyers in doing more than just getting the contracts right, and why Australia’s distrust of authority can help avert...

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In this episode of our podcast series, we meet Kiri Parr, Regional Legal Counsel, Arup, who presented at the recent Society of Construction Law Australia National Conference. The Conference brought together lawyers and construction industry professionals to discuss ‘Building Australia’s Future.’

Kiri speaks on the significant challenges of delivering successful projects and looks at some of the concurrent factors impacting our world. This includes how we use cities and buildings, the move from a labour to a knowledge economy, and the increase in collaboration and innovation.

Kiri asks whether the business norms we have adopted as construction professionals are allowing lawyers to deliver advantages to our clients. Kiri notes that this includes adversarial contracting, market power, no standardisation, and the obsession with perfectionism as lawyers.

Kiri posits that data analysis will drive efficiency in the future, and looks at ways that the construction industry and lawyers will need to work together to manage risks in this space. Kiri looks at what Toronto (Canada) and London (UK) is doing in the geotechnical engineering space, where borehole data is shared on a public database. This drives better risk management of geology, and is a space with opportunities for the Australian construction industry to improve.

As Regional Legal Counsel for Arup, Kiri leads the delivery of legal services to the business in the region, which encompasses Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Indonesia. Prior to joining Arup in 2005, Kiri worked for 10 years in private practice specialising in construction law.  Kiri has a Bachelor of Arts and Law is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

 For more information please head to www.scl.org.au or find us on Twitter @SCLAust