5th Annual 10 CPD Hours in One Day in Wellington

Session ID: 183NZW01
Date: Thursday, 01 March 2018
Time: 07:30am - 06:30pm
Venue: The InterContinental Wellington, Level 1, 2 Grey St, Wellington

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Date: Thursday 01 March 2018
Time: 7.30am to 6.30pm
Venue: InterContinental Wellington, 2 Grey Street

Attend and earn 10 CPD hours

Back by popular demand! Our 10 CPD Hours in Wellington program returns for the fifth consecutive year running with two streams to pick and choose from throughout the day so now you can choose from commercial and public law streams. You will be hear the hottest topics, key legislative updates, highly regarded speakers and all in one convenient and efficient day.


Session 1: Commercial and Insurance Litigation Roundup

Chair: Jonathan Scragg, Partner, Duncan Cotterill; President of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association Inc (NZILA)

Insurance Litigation Update

  • Nature of insurance disputes
  • Forums
  • Insurance specific considerations
  • Recent insurance cases

Presented by Elspeth Horner, Principal, Mahony Burrowes Horner Lawyers

Class Actions and Multi-Party Litigation

  • Class action update
  • Strategies for managing and resolving complex multi-party matters

Presented by Dan Parker, Partner, Parker and Associates

Claims Against Professionals: Auditors

  • Causes of action
  • Regulatory landscape
  • Case study examples

Presented by Jonathan Haig, Barrister, Port Nicholas Chambers

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a critical update on insurance litigation
  • Receive an update on class actions and examine strategies for managing multi party matters
  • Gain insight on claims against auditors



Session 1: Employment and Work Health & Safety

Chair: Mike Loftus, Member, Employment Relations Authority

Privacy in Employment

  • Which jurisdiction: privacy or employment?
  • Recruitment issues
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Disciplinary processes
  • Surveillance and recording
  • Restructures and privacy
  • Retention of information

Presented by Blair Scotland, Partner, Dundas Street Employment Lawyers; HRINZ Wellington Branch Committee; New Zealand Law Society Wellington Employment Law Committee

Health and Safety: Psychological Factors

  • Health and safety obligations: workplace stress and fatigue
  • Disciplinary procedures where mental health is an issue
  • Bullying and people as hazards
  • The Court and ERA's approach to bullying
  • The significance of the Worksafe bullying guidelines

Presented by Andy Bell, Principal, Bell & Co

Update on Workplace Health and Safety Law

  • Recap on the new law
  • Update on cases and sentencing under the new Act
  • Use of enforceable undertakings
  • WorkSafe updates

Presented by Rachael Schmidt-McCleave, Barrister & Mediator, Central Chambers; AAMINZ

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insights on privacy issues in employment
  • Examine psychological factors that affect mental health in employment
  • Stay up to date on workplace health and safety law


Session 2: Property, Development, Tax and Compliance in Practise

Chair: Lisa Fraser, Partner, Gault Mitchell Law

Key Tax Updates Affecting Everyday Practice

  • Examine tax issues to look out for when negotiating and documenting different types of commercial agreements
  • Analyse common tax clauses, when to include them and how they affect your client's position

Presented by Chris Harker, Senior Associate, Russell McVeagh

Anti-Money Laundering Issues for Lawyers: Get it Right or Pay the Price - Four Months to Go

  • Application of the AML/CFT regime to general legal practice
  • Understanding the relevant compliance issues including what services are captured
  • Processes you must have in place: the why, what and how of AML/CFT requirements for general practitioners they affect your client's position

Presented by Stephen Drain, Partner, PwC

Update on Unit Titles and New Legislation

  • Levies revisited
  • Cost allocation
  • Meeting procedures
  • Are schemes necessary?
  • Majority rule
  • Minority protection
  • Law Reform

Presented by Alan Henwood, Director, Stephens Lawyers Limited

Earthquake Prone Building Structures and Other Seismic Related Issues: A Building and Development Law Perspective
Examine the key legal issues and practical considerations related to earthquake prone structures from the building and development law perspective.

Presented by David Chisnall, Partner, Bell Gully; Leading Lawyer The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017, Leading Lawyer Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

Learning Objectives:

  • Stay up to date on key tax updates affecting everyday practice
  • Receive a critical update on the AML/CFT regime
  • Examine the latest developments and new legislation in Unit Titles
  • Update yourself on seismic issues from a building and construction perspective



Session 2: Public Law: Decision Making, Privacy and Data Review

Chair: Jack Hodder QC, Thorndon Chambers

High Court and Legislation Highlights
Analyse the most important cases and legislative developments that will have a significant - impact this year

Presented by Rachel Roff, Barrister, Thorndon Chambers

Judicial Review: Latest Cases and Developments Every Decision- Maker Should Know

  • Procedural fairness in 2018
  • The extent of a decision maker's duty to self-inquire
  • Recent developments in the jurisprudence on unreasonableness

Presented by Jason McHerron, Barrister

Public Decision Making: Approaches and Considerations
Take a deep dive into the recent decisions regarding approaches and issues impacting on modern public decision making and what it all means for your practice.

Presented by Sally McKechnie, Partner, Simpson Grierson

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

  • 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; Member of the New Zealand Law Society Public and Administrative Law committee

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain critical updates on High Court legislation and judicial review cases
  • Analyse approaches and considerations in decision making Catch up on
  • Analyse the latest developments in privacy and data affecting government agencies


Session 3: Family, Wills and Trusts Hot Topics

Chair: Phillip Green, Barrister

Spousal Maintenance: Overview and Update

  • Interim vs final orders Applying under s63 or 64 of the Family Proceedings Act 1980
  • Overseas Maintenance
  • Discharge

Presented by Rachael Dewar, Principal and Frances Williams, Associate, Rachael Dewar Law

Probate and Estate Administration

  • Disclosure of unsigned wills
  • Disclosure of capacity issues
  • Declarations of Family History
  • Section 9 searches
  • Advertising for creditors
  • Barriers to distribution
  • Statutory timeframes

Presented by Henry Stokes, Senior Trusts Solicitor, Public Trust

Economic Disparity Claims in the Division of Relationship Property

  • What section 15 is supposed to achieve
  • A review of recent and significant cases
  • The different approaches to preparing a claim

Presented by Jacinda Rennie, Partner and Helen Tyree, Associate, McWilliam Rennie Lawyers

Learning Objectives:

  • Stay up to date on spousal maintenance issues
  • Gain a deeper understanding on economic disparity claims
  • Master probate and estate administration practice and procedure



Session 3: Government Contracting, Privacy and Development

Chair: Peter Castle, Commercial Barrister, Clifton Chambers

Key Trends and Insights in Technology Contracting
High level overview of legal development and practical insights with focus on strategy, procurement, engagement with suppliers and issues once the contract is underway

Presented by Jane Parker, Partner and Kate Anderson, Senior Associate, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Commercial Contracts: Shifting Liability and Risks through Indemnities, Liability Caps, Exclusion Clauses and Liquidated Damages

  • An update on the law that underpins why we include some of these clauses in commercial contracts
  • Tips for drafting and negotiating these clauses

Presented by Amy Ryburn, Partner and Renee Stiles, Senior Associate, Buddle Findlay

Local Government and Public Decision Making in the Post- settlement Environment

  • What is the post-settlement environment?
  • Treaty settlement mechanisms that impact on public decision-making
  • A closer look at some specific examples
  • Trends and themes

Presented by Damian Stone, Partner and Jamie Ferguson, Partner, Kahui Legal

Learning Objectives:

  • Stay up to date with the latest with government procurement
  • Refresh your knowledge on commercial contracts
  • Examine public and local decision making in the post-settlement environment

Jonathan Scragg

Jonathan Scragg's expertise is in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Jonathan's focus is on commercial disputes, insurance law and public law. He has particular experience managing large, complex disputes and is an experienced advocate in the Courts and in mediation. In insurance law, Jonathan's work predominantly involves advising on indemnity issues and defending professional liability claims, complaints/disciplinary processes and health and safety prosecutions. He acts regularly for accountants, brokers, engineers, financial advisers, health professionals, lawyers and property professionals including architects, real estate agents, surveyors and valuers. He advises public and private entities on legislation and regulatory regimes. Jonathan acts for parties in judicial review, contentious liquor licensing matters, and in contract, property and trust disputes. Jonathan is the president of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association Inc (NZILA) and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF). He is also admitted in England and Wales. He is a contributing author to various legal texts published by LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters and speak regularly at industry events and conferences on insurance and public law issues.

Elspeth Horner

Elspeth Horner is an experienced commercial litigator, with particular expertise in resolving insolvency, insurance and property disputes. Elspeth provides advice to liquidators on matters arising from contentious liquidations including dealing with issues of priorities, securities and enforcement options. Prior to joining Mahony Burrowes Horner, Elspeth was a partner at Morrison Kent Wellington and began her legal career in Morrison Kent's Litigation and Dispute Resolution team in 1999. Elspeth is a member of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association, New Zealand Society of Construction Law and Insol NZ.

Dan Parker

Parker and Associates is a specialist civil litigation firm. Before founding the firm in 2001 Dan was a partner in a national law firm. Admitted in 1991, Dan has extensive litigation and advocacy experience. Parker & Associates specialises in insurance, construction and commercial litigation and handles a range of complex civil disputes including a number of multi- party claims. The firm has been at the forefront of leaky building litigation since 2001. Dan and his team act for the plaintiffs in a class action against cladding manufacturer and supplier James Hardie. For more information about Dan and the team at Parker & Associates

Jonathan Haig

Jonathan commenced general litigation practice in 2004. He went to the bar in 2009 as one of the founding members of Port Nicholson Chambers. Jonathan's practice encompasses a broad range of civil litigation. Some highlights have included acting for more than 800 represented investor plaintiffs in two multi-party, complex finance company cases involving equitable, statutory, tort and contract claims together with numerous High Court trials in lead and junior capacities.

Mike Loftus

Mike Loftus has some thirty five years' experience as an Employment Relations practitioner working on collective and individual issues in both the public and private sectors. Included therein is over ten years as a member of either the Employment Relations Authority or its predecessor, the Employment Tribunal.

Blair Scotland

Blair Scotland has over 15 years' experience advising both public and private sector clients on employment matters. He has worked in-house and externally and his clients appreciate his legal know-how combined with his pragmatism that only someone who has worked as an in-house employment relations specialist can provide. Blair has an LLM (Hons) and a BA (Criminology) from Victoria University. He was admitted to the Bar in 1997 and joined the public service, firstly with the Department of Internal Affairs and then the Ministry of Social Development. He then moved to Telecom New Zealand Limited in an employment law role, and subsequently worked as a Senior Associate in the legal team of what is now Business Central (formerly EMA Central) for six years. Most recently, he was a Principal at Chen Palmer before setting up Dundas Street Employment Lawyers with Susan Hornsby-Geluk.

Andy Bell

Andy established Bell & Co three years ago with a mission to offer the best possible service to his clients, at an affordable rate. With more than 14 years' experience in employment law, family law disputes and civil litigation, Andy is a highly skilled advocate in the High Court, District Court and Family Court and in the Employment Relations Authority. He has also acted in a number of Coroner's Inquests. Andy has worked in well?known law firms in Wellington and Palmerston North. Formerly a partner in Palmerston North law firm, Fitzherbert Rowe, Andy moved back to Wellington when he was offered a specialist employment law role at Quigg Partners, one of New Zealand's best boutique legal practices. "Making the law accessible when you have a dispute is something I feel very strongly about. At Bell & Co, we don't want any barriers for our clients to receive the best legal advice and action ? at a reasonable cost. We're committed to not only helping our clients through a challenging period, but also we want them to feel good when we achieve a great result for them. That gives us all the most satisfaction of all."

Rachael Schmidt-McCleave

Rachael Schmidt-McCleave is an experienced litigator who has worked in New Zealand and the United Kingdom since commencing practice in 1996. Rachael has expertise in public law, general commercial litigation, medico-legal, privacy, employment and health and safety law. Rachael has regularly appeared in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in other tribunals such as the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, the Employment Relations Authority, the M?ori Land Court and the Human Rights Review Tribunal, in judicial review proceedings and appeals and other general commercial litigation, health regulatory work and employment litigation. Rachael has a particular interest in health law and, especially, in the overlap between law and psychiatry. Since commencing at the Bar, she has worked extensively with responsible authorities under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, as legal advisor to Professional Conduct Committees investigating complaints, and as prosecutor with respect to disciplinary charges. She is also a contract ACC reviewer/mediator with Fairway Resolution. Most recently, in the latter part of 2016 and the early part of 2017, Rachael has been working on a project with the Overseas Investment Office advising the Office on best administrative law practice in relation to applications to that Office for consent to hold sensitive New Zealand land and assets. Rachael is the co-author of the Thomson Reuters publication Health and Safety at Work in New Zealand: Know the Law (2015). Rachael spent almost a decade with the Crown Law Office (2001 - 2010) where, as an Associate Crown Counsel and Crown Counsel in the Public Law Group, she honed her expertise in public law, particularly in areas where the activities of Government interact with commerce, and in areas of regulation. During her time at Crown Law, Rachael was also seconded to the legal teams of Treasury and of the then Securities Commission (now the Financial Markets Authority) and to the Constitutional Group at Crown Law. Rachael commenced her legal career as a solicitor with Chen Palmer & Partners (1996 - 1997), before moving to Russell McVeagh as a solicitor and senior solicitor in Wellington (1997 - 2000) and onto Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a senior associate in London (2000 - 2001). Most recently, Rachael has spent two and a half years working as a senior associate in the dispute resolutions team at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts in Wellington (2010 - 2014), where she was a key member of the firm's public law, health law, and health and safety law practices.

Lisa Fraser

Lisa Fraser is a partner at Gault Mitchell Law, having commenced practice in Rotorua and then moving to Gault Mitchell Law in 2002. Lisa advises her clients on property law, commercial law, estate planning and family law, with a particular focus on relationship property agreements and separation issues. Lisa is also Convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Trusts and Estates Law Committee.

Christopher Harker

Chris advises on tax law. He has advised on a number of significant transactions including mergers and acquisitions, restructures, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), and financing arrangements. He has also acted for clients seeking binding rulings from Inland Revenue in respect of prospective transactions, and represented clients in respect of Inland Revenue investigations and disputes.

Stephen Drain

Stephen Drain is a Partner in PwC's Forensic Services team, specialising in the prevention, detection and response to economic crime particularly fraud, corruption and money laundering. This includes assisting Reporting Entities to comply with their obligations under New Zealand's Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act 2009. He has led and investigated a wide range of financial crimes from initial investigation to final proceedings and is experienced in working discretely with boards and senior leaders to help them meet a range of challenges including suspected fraud, probity concerns and regulatory investigations. Stephen's early career was in the New Zealand Police and after qualifying as a detective he moved to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) initially as an investigator and later Supervising Senior (Investigations). After leaving the SFO, Stephen had two senior roles in leadership development, and joined PwC in 2012. As part of this work, Stephen and his team assist in designing and implementing AML/CFT risk assessments and programmes and developing and delivering relevant training. Specific engagements included remediation for a NZ registered bank, AML/CFT Audits for a number of NZ entities including Registered Banks and financial institutions, Risk Assessment and Programme development advice an development of an AML Risk Assessment and Programme for a Banking Licence application.

Alan Henwood

Alan Henwood is a Director at Stephens Lawyers Limited. He is a property lawyer with extensive experience of statutory property law including local government and public sector property. He has written extensively on the Unit Titles Act 2010 and is also a Tenancy Tribunal adjudicator.

David Chisnall

David has a wealth of negotiating experience, including in the highly political Treaty of Waitangi settlement area, and is also the trusted direct New Zealand negotiator for international clients such as Host Hotels & Resorts, the largest hotel accommodation company in the US. David's strength is to contribute his negotiating and legal experience in a straight forward way to facilitate transactions and obtain commercially valuable outcomes for clients. This is recognised by Asia Law Business who has described him as "client-focused, outcome focused and having vast experience in projects." David has led external legal teams advising public and private sector clients on many nationally significant projects and joint ventures across various industries, including infrastructure (roading, rail, ports and hydro-schemes), tourism and hospitality, forestry and large-scale development and construction projects. He is also an expert in Treaty of Waitangi issues, having acted for Ng?i Tahu on its historic Treaty Settlement and as legal advisor to the Government on the "Treelords" Central North Island Forests Settlement. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 ranks David as a leading lawyer for real estate and construction and recommends him for projects and resource management (including environment). David is ranked as a leading lawyer for real estate in Chambers Asia Pacific 2016, which commented that "He is a very practical and commercial lawyer" who is praised for his ability in both property transactions and construction matters. "He has industry knowledge and business acumen", noted one client.

Jack Hodder QC

Jack Hodder joined Chapman Tripp as a partner in 1991. Prior to joining he was a barrister sole practising civil litigation in Wellington for 11 years. Jack writes regularly on legal issues and has addressed numerous conferences and seminars on commercial and public law topics. Jack is an honorary lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington Law School, and was previously a member of the Legislation Advisory Committee, and the Regulatory Reform Taskforce. Jack practises nationally, specialising in all aspects of corporate, commercial and public law litigation and arbitration with regular appearances in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court. He has been involved in the arbitration field as a Law Commissioner, counsel in many leading cases, and recently as an arbitrator in a Middle East commercial/regulatory dispute. He is the only Queen's Counsel working in a major law firm, and he leads Chapman Tripp's litigation practice. Jack is continually engaged in litigation and arbitration (and advisory work) for private and public sector entities involving contract and competition cases, company and securities law matters, intellectual property disputes, judicial review, and defamation matters.

Rachel Roff

Rachel Roff's main area of practice is civil and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on public and administrative law, tax litigation, child support, debt and customs law. Prior to joining the independent bar, Rachel spent over eight years at the Crown Law Office in the Revenue Team (previously the Tax and Commercial Team), spending her last 12 months there as Acting Team Leader. She is an experienced litigator and has been involved in a number of significant and high profile tax cases. Her litigation experience includes trial and appellate work and she has appeared before the New Zealand courts at all levels, as well as specialist tribunals.

Jason McHerron

Jason McHerron is a Wellington barrister, experienced in public law, commercial, regulatory and competition litigation. Practising since 1996, he has appeared in all of New Zealand's general courts, as well as in specialist tribunals in New Zealand and overseas.Before moving to the independent bar in 2006, Jason was a solicitor at Russell McVeagh, and Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office.Jason specialises in advice and litigation on issues of statutory interpretation and the interpretation of subordinate legislation. He has appeared in many judicial review proceedings, as well as in several major Commerce Act cases involving network industries. In addition to his court litigation practice, Jason is an investigator under the Gas Governance (Compliance) Regulations 2008. He co-authored the Administrative Law title of the Laws of New Zealand with Professor Joseph, is an author of McGechan on Procedure, the leading text on the High Court Rules, and is a co-author, with Ross Carter and Dr Ryan Malone, of Subordinate Legislation in New Zealand, published in August 2013 by LexisNexis. Jason is also a member of the New Zealand Law Society's Public and Administrative Law Committee and a faculty member of the Law Society's Litigation Skills Programme.

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.

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 http://www.chambers.co.nz/our-barristers/ben- keith/.

Phillip Green

Phillip Green is a barrister who solely mediates and arbitrates disputes. He was named as one of the top 10 commercial and family mediators and arbitrators in NBR Law Fuel IN 2015 and 2016. Phillip has over 30 years' mediation and arbitration experience. He is Founding President of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). He was appointed Adjunct Professor in Dispute Resolution by Massey University and has held the positions of Director of the University Dispute Resolution Centre, and Director of Professional Studies for the AMINZ. He is both a Fellow of AMINZ and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. In 2013 he was appointed by UNESCO to its panel as international mediator and conciliator for international property disputes concerning repatriation of cultural property. He lectures in NZ, Australia and the States. Phillip is author and co-author of 7 texts mainly on ADR. His co-authored work with Professor Laurence Boulle and Virginia Goldblatt on learning and applying mediator skills was published by LexisNexis IN 2016. Also to be published in 2017 is a text on understanding anger in the context of negotiation, co- authored. This text will be published by the American Bar Association. For further information see www.pdgreen.com

Rachael Dewar

Rachael Dewar has 25 years experience in family law, including 12 years as the family law partner at Tripe Matthews & Feist in Wellington and since 2010 in her own firm, Rachael Dewar Law. She now has three other lawyers in the firm all specialising in family law. Areas of practice include relationship property, contracting out agreements, Family Protection Act claims, child law, surrogacy and mediation. Rachael appears regularly in the Family Court and is a senior lawyer for child and a member of the NZLS Panel of Mediators. She is an active member of the Wellington branch NZLS Family Court Committee and in June 2015 Rachael joined the FLS Executive. Previously Rachael has presented seminars on relationship property, mediation/FDR and women in law topics to both local and international groups. Rachael is married with 2 adult children.

Frances Williams

Frances Williams has over 15 years' experience specializing in family law, with a particular interest in relocation and relationship property matters. Frances is an Associate at Rachael Dewar Law, a specialist Family Law firm in the Wellington CBD. Prior to that Frances was an Associate at Tripe Matthews & Feist. As well as advocating for clients, Frances acts as Lawyer for Child and Counsel to Assist the Court. Frances is committed to ongoing education for lawyers and to a focus on "best practice", particularly in the ever-changing area of family law. Frances has previously co-presented a workshop on Contracting Out Agreements for Legalwise and for the Wairarapa Bar, along with Rachael Dewar. Frances graduated from the University of Otago in 2000 with a law degree and a Master's Degree on New Zealand poet, Allen Curnow. Early in her career Frances was an editor with a leading New Zealand legal publisher in the area of family law. Today Frances continues to maintain a focus on legal research in her practice to the benefit of her clients. Frances balances her busy family law practice with her family commitments as a parent of two young children.

Jacinda Rennie

Jacinda Rennie is a lawyer specialising in family law at McWilliam Rennie in Wellington. She graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours, and was admitted to the bar in 1996. Jacinda and Leona McWilliam formed McWilliam Rennie, a boutique practice in central Wellington specialising in family law in 2009. Jacinda has been a co-author of Brookers Family Law - Family Property since 2007. Jacinda has also presented seminars for the New Zealand Law Society on s 21 agreements and on relationship property matters after death.

Helen Tyree

Helen Tyree is an Associate at McWilliam Rennie, specialising in family law. Helen graduated from Otago University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Laws and from Brunel University of London in 2003 with a Master of Laws in Child Law and Policy (with distinction). From 2003 she worked in firms in Taranaki specialising in family law, and has been with McWilliam Rennie in Wellington since 2014. As well as acting for clients in all areas of family law, Helen undertakes regular appointments as lawyer for child and as lawyer for subject persons under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act. She is also a co-author of Brookers Family Law- Family Property.

Henry Stokes

Henry Stokes has been in private practice and acted as in-house counsel for a combined period of 20 years. He is currently a senior trusts solicitor for Public Trust. Henry specialises in the areas of wills, estates, trusts (both family and charitable) and protection of personal and property rights matters, including appearing in the Family Court and High Court. Henry advises on all areas from the preparation and implementation stages through to the disputes, claims and proceedings stages.

Peter Castle

Peter Castle is a commercial barrister having previously practiced in Bell Gully for 28 years. He has undertaken large-scale procurement projects both on behalf of the Crown and the private sector. He was an independent expert and probity adviser to the mixed ownership model programme conducted by Treasury which involved the sale of shares in State Owned Enterprises and provided oversight of over 20 large scale, high value procurement exercises. In addition, he provided probity supervision of the bookbuild and broker firm bid processes conducted in respect of the IPOs conducted under the programme. He has also provided probity advice to Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) in respect of some of its large-scale high-value procurements, and advised the Crown on the transaction between the Crown and SkyCity in relation to the International Convention Centre. He was previously the probity adviser in relation to the initial state housing stock transfer transactions to be conducted as part of the Social Housing Reform Programme.

Jane Parker

Jane Parker leads the technology team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, and sits on the board of the firm's joint venture, McCarthy Finch, investigating how legal services can be provided using artificial intelligence. Jane specialises in commercial projects and commercial law with a particular focus on technology, procurement, public sector contracting and governance. Jane has over 20 years of experience working in and for technology and blue chip organisations. She is trusted with clients' most business-critical and complex technology projects, right across the technology spectrum. She is recognised as a practical option-generator, an excellent facilitator and clear communicator.

Kate Anderson

Kate is a senior associate in the Wellington Corporate team, with experience working on a range of technology based contracts and transactions. She has excellent project management and client relationship skills, providing day-to-day support on all aspects of a project. Kate works on a variety of corporate and commercial transactions, reviewing supply and sale and purchase agreements, and advising on ICT contracts. She also advises on corporate compliance issues, OIO applications and consumer protection. Kate joined Minter Ellison Rudd Watts as a law clerk in 2009, and has worked in the Corporate team on a variety of issues. In 2010 she completed a six month secondment to Minter Ellison in Canberra, where she worked primarily in the International Trade and Competition team.

Amy Ryburn

Amy Ryburn specialises in commercial contracting and procurement, in particular in relation to technology, media and telecommunications (TMT). Her TMT expertise includes drafting and negotiating agreements for cloud computing solutions, a full range of network and other telco services, and software development projects (using both agile and waterfall methodologies). Amy's experience also extends to a wide rangeof general commercial agreements, such as strategic alliances, franchise agreements, IP exploitation agreements, publishing agreements (both electronic and traditional), reseller arrangements and website terms.

Damian Stone

Damian is a partner of Kahui Legal, a boutique Maori law firm specialising in providing advice to Maori organisations. Prior to joining the partnership at Kahui Legal, Damian worked for almost 10 years at a large national law firm. Damian was also General Counsel of Te Ohu Kai Moana, the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. Damian has advised a number of groups on Treaty of Waitangi issues, including the settlement of historical Treaty claims with the Crown. He continues to act for a number of groups who have settled claims with the Crown and are now operating in a "post- settlement" environment.Damian also advises clients on a range of commercial matters and has extensive experience in the establishment of limited partnerships and joint ventures, and the negotiation of commercial contracts.

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The InterContinental Wellington

Level 1, 2 Grey St
Wellington 6011

Ph: 64 4 47227722


Limited valet parking available at NZ$20 per day. Additional parking

available at Wilson Parking with NZ$5 per half hour and NZ$22 for


The Intercontinental is a 2 min walk from Lambton Quay which

has a number of buses going to airport and suburbs. It's a 10 min walk to

the nearest train station.

Taxis are also available downstairs at the hotel entry.

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