PAST PAPER: Government Law Conference: The In-House Tightrope

Session ID: CD1611NZW01
Date: Wednesday, 09 November 2016
Venue: This paper was presented in WELLINGTON

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Session Content

Date: November 2016

Session 1: Commercial and Employment Issues

Government Lawyers: Elevating Your Practice
Presented by Matthew Farrington, Practice Manager, NZ Transport Agency

Session 2: Procurement and Government Contracting

Procurement Processes to Secure the Best Outcomes for ICT Projects
Presented by Amy Ryburn, Partner, Buddle Findlay

Transacting with the Crown
Presented by Josh Blackmore, Partner, Chapman Tripp

Litigating Government Disputes
Presented by Brendan Cash, Special Counsel, Bell Gully


Chair: Chris Mathieson

Chris Mathieson is a Director in the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He has been with MBIE since its inception in 2012 and has worked for its precursor, the Ministry of Economic Development, since 2007. Prior that he was a Crown Counsel for many years at the Crown Law Office. Chris has also worked in private law firms in the UK and in New Zealand. Chris's background is in public law and regulatory litigation and advice including historic abuse claims and leaky buildings litigation and has appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal. In recent times the focus of his work has been on advising New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals across a range of regulatory issues in relation to oil and gas regulation. He has also been involved in telecommunications reforms and supporting MBIE's initiatives in relation to housing, in particular in Auckland. Chris has also worked on a number of legislative projects, including the reforms of the Crown Minerals Act in 2013. He holds a Master of Laws from Victoria University

Matthew Farrington

Matthew Farrington is a lawyer by training and a technologist by inclination. Matt has worked both as a lawyer and as a practice manager. Matt is also a keen follower of NewLaw trends, including alternative service models, alternative legal sourcing, and the impact of technology on legal practice. As a practice manager, Matt has deployed practice management systems including matter management, time recording, and knowledge, document and records management. Commercial off-the-shelf technology solutions for lawyers primarily focus on private practice, not the needs of in-house legal teams. Matt will share some of his insights in how lawyers can design and implement improved practice management systems within an in-house legal team. As a lawyer, Matt has a diverse practice including ICT contracting, commercial law, public law, financial regulation, and derivatives, securities and other financial instruments. He has worked in private practice, investment banking, and in government.

David Rutherford

David Rutherford was appointed Chief Human Rights Commissioner on September 2011. Prior to his appointment, he was the managing director of Special Olympics Asia Pacific and based in Singapore. He has held senior executive roles in building materials and agribusiness businesses operating in New Zealand and Australia, has been chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Union and has worked as a corporate, securities and commercial lawyer in New Zealand and Canada. Mr Rutherford has a strong history of involvement in sports and has lectured in sports law at Victoria University. He has been a volunteer Board member in rugby union, netball, Paralympics New Zealand, Special Olympics New Zealand, Special Olympics International and for the Attitude Trust. He brings a passion for development and the inclusion of people with disability in sports. Some priority focus areas for the Chief Commissioner are Continuing work to prevent bullying in New Zealand schools (was involved with this immediately before joining the Commission). Mr Rutherford is a member of the Ministry of Education Bullying Prevention Advisory Group, which he worked to help establish; Working to develop better understanding of the United Nations' (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; He is monitoring and advocating for the inclusion of disadvantaged New Zealanders particularly in education, housing and health with a particular focus on people affected by the Canterbury earthquake; Leads the Commission's reporting to the UN Treaty bodies concerned with the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights (ESCR) and the Universal Periodic Review, which is about New Zealand's human rights record and performance; Currently leading the work on the reporting to the UN Committees for the Convention against Torture (CAT) and to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); Mr Rutherford is currently engaging on issues of protecting fundamental freedoms and democratic rights in the context of state surveillance and digital business.

Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell is a civil litigator who advises and represents a wide range of public and private sector agencies on contentious and non-contentious matters. He has a strong interest in health and safety matters and has presented to, advised, and represented numerous clients in that area across the public and private sector. Mark has published a number of articles, including on administrative law and health and safety topics.

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.

Josh Blackmore

Josh advises clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, corporate governance for listed and unlisted entities, and commercial agreements. He has advised a range of public and private sector organisations across industries including electricity, gas, telecommunications, transport and agribusiness. Josh returned to Chapman Tripp in 2011 after two and a half years in Moscow where he worked at leading Wall Street firm Cleary Gottileb Steen & Hamilton. During his time in Moscow, Josh advised private and listed clients including TPG and Gazprom. Josh is noted for his working experience in the Russian market and is recognised as an "Expert based abroad" in Chambers Global 2015.

Brendan Cash

Brendan Cash is an experienced commercial litigator with particular skill in resolving disputes at mediation. Brendan has a strong strategic focus, which ensures his client's disputes are managed and resolved to achieve their commercial or other objectives. This includes experience helping resolve disputes in the public sector, acting both for and against Government agencies. Brendan has particular experience in resolving disputes in the construction and infrastructure context and has helped owners (including Government), consultants, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and guarantors develop and execute successful dispute resolution strategies in both the private and Government sectors.

Lucy Elwood

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.

Parking is not included in the registrartion fee and price is subject to


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