Session 2:Stream B: Public Law: Case and Legislation Update

Session ID: 183NZW01D
Date: Thursday, 01 March 2018
Time: 10:45am - 02:45pm
Venue: The InterContinental Wellington, Level 1, 2 Grey St, Wellington

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Date: Thursday 01 March 2018
Time: 10.45am to 2.45pm
Venue: InterContinental Wellington, 2 Grey Street

Attend and earn 4 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.

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

Chair: 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 keith/.

Venue Details

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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