Session 3: Commercial, Construction and Insurance Law Roundup
Face to face
Date: Tuesday 27 February 2018
Time: 1.15pm to 4.45pm
Venue: Novotel Christchurch, 50 Cathedral Square Christchurch
Attend and earn 3 CPD hours
The end of the CPD year is nearly here - but don't worry, we've got you covered! Featuring an expert speaking panel and timely topics hand-picked to cover new legislation, new cases and new trends, along with updates on some of the most crucial topics in legal practise right now. Gain all your CPD hours, all in one day.
Chair: Austin Forbes QC, Barrister, Clarendon Chambers
The Commerce Act and New Cartel Provisions: What you Need to Understand to Protect Your Corporate Arrangements
- What do these new anti-competitive provisions mean for vertical and horizontal integration?
- Supply agreements
- Online distribution
- Draft guidelines
Presented by Andy Matthews, Principal, Matthews Law
Post Earthquake(s) Building and Insurance Issues
Explore the latest legal developments and market trends related to key building and insurance issues in light of a post-earthquake landscape.
Presented by Grant Shand, Principal, Grant Shand
Subcontractor Contract Issues: Management and Prevention
- Typical issues
- Relevant Sections of The Construction Contracts Act 2002
- Risk management and best practices
Presented by Rebecca Saunders, Partner, Lane Neave
Professional Liability Insurance Issues for Construction Professionals
- Liability issues arising from the earthquakes
- Professional indemnity insurance
- The complaints/disciplinary process: how it works and common issues
Presented by Stephanie Grieve, Partner, Duncan Cotterill
- Review and understand the Commerce Act and New Cartel Provisions
- Stay up to date with Post Earthquake(s) Building and Insurance Issues
- Examine subcontractor contract Issues
- Gain a deeper understanding of professional liability insurance issues
Chair: Austin Forbes QC
Austin Forbes QC practises in the areas of commercial and general civil litigation. He is a former President of the New Zealand Law Society, the Canterbury District Law Society and chairman of the New Zealand Legal Association (Inc). He went to the Bar in 1990. He was appointed a QC in 1996 and awarded a CNZM in 1997. Prior to this he was the senior litigation partner in Duncan Cotterill, Christchurch. He has served on many committees, including the former Property Law and Equity Reform Committee and the NZLS's Civil Litigation and Tribunals Committee. He is a former board member of Justitia Mutual Association (Inc), which operates a lawyers' mutual professional indemnity insurance scheme. He co-presented NZLS seminars on Property and Real Estate Litigation in 1990 and Obtaining Pre-trial Information - mining at the coalface in 2005. He is currently the chair of the NZLS Rule of Law Committee. In his spare time he enjoys reading the High Court Rules.
Andy Matthews has 25 years' competition law experience, including international experience with Allen & Overy (London / Moscow). He is consistently recognised internationally as a leading lawyer in his specialties in the main directories. This includes Chambers Asia-Pacific, where he has been rated Band 1- Competition since 2006. Andy was previously a senior partner at a leading trans-Tasman law firm, where he led the NZ Competition & Regulatory and TMT teams, and had also headed the Auckland Corporate division.
Grant Shand is the principal of Grant Shand barristers and solicitors. It is firm with offices in Christchurch and Auckland that specializes in insurance claims arising out of the Christchurch earthquakes. The firm currently comprises Grant and seven other lawyers and is still growing as the number of claims and cases is not slowing down. Grant established the firm 1 August 2012 and before that he was a partner at Grimshaw & co a firm that is/was renowned for its expertise in leaky building cases. Grant had many years insurance litigation experience prior to working at Grimshaw & co, primarily acting for insurers in NZ and Australia. Grant has done all of the major post-earthquake witness trials in Christchurch. This has included O'Loughlin v Tower Insurance; Rout v Southern Response; Avonside Holdings Ltd v Southern Response and he is part way through Kelly v EQC & Southern Response. Grant Shand has about 75% of the cases in the High Court earthquake list. Grant has appeared throughout the NZ court system and is/was counsel in many reported cases. Grant also has an interest in basketball and is part owner of the Auckland NBL team - Super City Rangers.
Rebecca Saunders is a construction law specialist. She has particular expertise in dispute resolution, and regularly advises clients on issues relating to payment, cancellation, variations, delay, defects, retentions and certification. She has a broad range of experience in construction adjudication, international arbitration, mediation and court litigation, both in New Zealand and overseas. Rebecca provides advice at the front end on requirements under the Building Act 2004, building contracts and consultancy agreements, and she is familiar with a range of standard forms including Master Build, Certified Builders, NZS:3910/3915/3916, CCCS, AS, NEC3, JCT and FIDIC. Rebecca's clients range from builders, contractors, sub-trades, property developers, tertiary institutions, Crown entities and private individuals Rebecca is a member of the Society of Construction Law and the National Association of Women in Construction. She is also a Solicitor of England & Wales (non-practising).
Stephanie Grieve's expertise is in civil litigation with a focus on insurance, including health & safety. She acts for insurers on statutory liability claims, professional indemnity and disciplinary matters. In the health and safety area, she regularly defends prosecutions and has acted on several leading cases in this area involving serious harm accidents and fatalities. She is currently presenting and advising frequently on the new regime under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
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