PAST PAPER: Contract Disputes Masterclass

Session ID: CD1611NZA04
Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Venue: This paper was presented in AUCKLAND

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Session Content

Date: November 2016

Boilerplate Clauses: Using Them to Best Effect and Avoiding Disputes

Presented by Marika Eastwick-Field, Senior Associate, Russell McVeagh

Variation or Variegation? Are you Fixing the Contract or Making it More Colourful?

Presented by Anne Hall, Principal, IT Law

Terminating a Contract

Presented by Sandra Grant, Barrister, Shortland Chambers


Chair: John Billington QC

John Billington attended Victoria University of Wellington where he graduated with a law degree. He first commenced practice in a mid-sized litigation firm in Wellington where he later became the Senior Common Law Partner. John joined the independent Bar in 1989 and took silk in 1996. John has very wide experience in all forms of litigation and in particular in trial work where he has acted as senior counsel in a number of nationally significant cases. Whilst John dedicates most of his time to the law he has a background in representative golf, motor sport and currently is an avid sailor. John's interest in sport has led to his having a significant involvement in sports law issues. John acts as pro bono counsel for the S.P.C.A. Selected Recent Cases, John has recently acted in regulatory and commercial matters as counsel for Auckland Transport Ltd, Watercare Services Ltd, Jetstar, Zespri New Zealand Ltd, Milford Asset Management Ltd and currently the Attorney-General in defence of an application for costs under the Costs in Criminal Cases Act. John has recently been involved in the defence of a serious fraud prosecution in relation to offences under the Secret Commissions Act. He is currently involved as counsel for the defence in pending SFO prosecutions. John is also currently engaged in a number of relationship property cases where issues arise in relation to entitlements under family trusts. John is currently acting for the plaintiff in defamation proceedings and is also advising the Human Rights Commission in relation to similar media related issues.

Aaron Lloyd

Aaron Lloyd is a partner in the firm's dispute resolution division. He advises clients on a range of litigious and risk related matters, with particular expertise in the areas of employment law, white collar criminal and regulatory affairs, and sports law. Aaron is well regarded by clients for his ability to analyse and strategise difficult or complex situations, and to implement pragmatic and commercial strategies to minimise risk and create opportunity. His ability to objectively assess and implement such strategies has resulted in clients avoiding significant litigation and commercial consequences when in potential situations of risk. In addition to his time at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, Aaron has practiced as a barrister with Paul Davison QC, and has lectured at the University of Auckland. Aaron is admitted to practice law in New Zealand and Australia (NSW). He is a long standing member of the New Zealand Law Society's Law Reform Committee, an appointee to the SPCA Pro Bono Prosecution Panel, the Sports Disputes Tribunal of New Zealand's Legal Assistance Panel, and is a former executive member of the Legal Research Foundation.

Michael Mabbett

Michael Mabbett is a senior solicitor in the litigation team at Russell McVeagh. He has over eight years' specialist litigation expertise, including in a number of complex contract disputes. He appears in the courts and in arbitration, and has spent time on secondment to two of New Zealand's largest companies, advising on contract drafting and at the pre-disputes stage.

Anne Hall

Anne Hall is a specialist IT lawyer with significant knowledge and experience gained from 25 years of advising clients on ICT issues and agreements across a wide range of industries. Anne has advised a broad range of companies, from startups to multi-national corporates and government agencies. Anne focuses on ensuring that her client's expectations are aligned with the expectations of the other party so that the agreement records a mutual understanding between the parties and enables a more successful ICT engagement.

Sandra Grant

Sandra Grant is a senior commercial barrister at Shortland Chambers, where she has practised for the last 23 years. Sandra appears regularly in all of the higher courts. Her practice covers a broad spectrum of commercial and civil disputes, including those relating to land law and intellectual property. She has a particular interest in developing areas of law, finding creative solutions and providing advice about litigation strategy. She has made and defended a wide variety of interlocutory applications, including some that have been finally determined in the Supreme Court.

Venue Details

Stamford Plaza Auckland

Ground Floor, 22 - 26 Albert St
Auckland 1010

Ph: 64 9 309 888


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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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