Public Law Update: Critical Obligations

Session ID: 183NZA11
Date: Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Time: 02:00pm - 05:15pm
Venue: Stamford Plaza Auckland, Ground Floor, 22 - 26 Albert St, Auckland

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Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018
Time: 2.00pm to 5.15pm
Venue: Stamford Auckland, 22 - 26 Albert St Auckland

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Whether your practice is in local government, a government department or a private practice adviser to government then you no doubt encounter a number of legal obligations on a daily basis. Ensure you meet those obligations and fulfil your duties by gaining in-depth analysis and practical insights into issues that will impact your practice. From natural justice duties to data and privacy considerations to Crown obligations to Maori, this program will arm you with the information and strategies necessary to effectively fulfil your role.

Chair: Sally McKechnie, Partner, Simpson Grierson

Natural Justice: Obligations, Duties and Inquisitorial Forums

  • What are the natural justice obligations of Tribunals, Inquiries and other inquisitorial bodies?
  • How can such bodies reconcile duties of fairness and preserving confidentiality?
  • What rights do individuals and parties have to comment on proposed adverse findings?

Presented by Simon Mount QC, Bankside Chambers

Developments in Public Agencies' Access to Privately Held Data and Data Protection Obligations
Canvas recent New Zealand and overseas case law and other legal developments in areas including:

  • Search and seizure, including of ICT systems and in particular of mobile devices
  • Compliance with privacy and data protection obligations in public agencies' access to consumer and other corporate records

Presented by Ben Keith, Barrister, Thorndon Chambers

Public Law Obligations of the Crown to Maori

  • What are the Treaty obligation to Maori in a post settlement era?
  • To what extent are Treaty obligations of the crown justiciable?

Presented by Peter Andrew, Barrister, Eldon Chambers

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine Natural Justice in Inquisitorial forums
  • Analyse new developments in public agencies access to data and data protection obligations
  • Stay up to date with obligations of the Crown to Maori

Chair: Sally McKechnie

Sally is a partner at Simpson Grierson, leading the Wellington public law and government team. Prior to joining the firm, Sally managed one of three Public Law teams in the Crown Legal Risk Group at Crown Law. She is a leading public, administrative and regulatory lawyer, with experience advising a wide range of government ministries and departments, as well as private entities. Sally's recent public law litigation experience includes appearing in the High Court in a twelve-week trial defending the Ministry for Primary Industries in the "Kiwifruit Claim" class action suit and successfully defending the Minister of Health in the Court of Appeal regarding the regulation on the status of fluoride.

Simon Mount QC

Simon Mount is a barrister specialising in civil and criminal litigation, regulatory law, health and media law, and public inquiries. He began his career as a Judges Clerk in 1995, received a Fulbright Scholarship in1997, and an LLM degree from Columbia Law School in New York in 1999. He was a litigator and Crown Prosecutor in Auckland from 2000-2010, and has appeared at all levels in the New Zealand court system, including the Privy Council.

Ben Keith

Ben Keith is a barrister at Thorndon Chambers, Wellington, principally practising in administrative, constitutional, human rights and public international law. He has also worked as a specialist Crown Counsel in several fields within the New Zealand Crown Law Office and, from 2014- 2017, was the first Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. Ben has appeared at all levels of the New Zealand court system, including matters before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Privy Council and the Waitangi Tribunal. Significant matters include precedent decisions in civil procedure, public and private international law, human rights and regulatory/investigatory powers; several significant inquiries; and work before several United Nations fora and in other jurisdictions. Advisory work has included numerous published legal opinions, contributions to the policy and drafting of legislation in several fields and advice across most aspects of government administration. Ben is currently a member of the New Zealand Law Society Public and Administrative Law committee and co-chair for the 2018 conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law. Further information is available at keith/.

Peter Andrew

Peter Andrew is a public law litigator with more than 25 years' experience. His practice focuses on Maori and Treaty of Waitangi issues. He has represented many iwi and hapu in both the Courts ( at all levels ) and Waitangi Tribunal. He has also acted for the crown, local authorities and state enterprises . He was previously employed at the Crown law office, Russell McVeagh and Meredith Connell.

Venue Details

Stamford Plaza Auckland

Ground Floor, 22 - 26 Albert St
Auckland 1010

Ph: 64 9 309 888


The Stamford Plaza Auckland is a short 5 minute walk from the main

train/bus station Britomart. There is onsite valet parking, charged at a rate

of NZ$45 per car. Alternatively there are numerous public car parks in the

area including Challenge House, 1/3 Wolfe Street.

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