PAST PAPER: Education Law Conference - Christchurch
Date: February 2017
HEAR FROM THE MPI: Education Providers and the New Food Safety Law
Presented by Tanya Whiteley, Senior Advisor Local Government Liaison and Blair Piper, Senior Solicitor, Ministry for Primary Industries
Domestic and Overseas Trips: Security
Presented by Henning Snyman, Coordinating Security Operations Manager, International SOS and Control Risks
Family Law Court Orders: Avoiding Trouble
Presented by Lorraine Michell, Barrister and Carolyn Browne, Barrister, Pegasus Chambers
Cyber Safety: The Big Issues and New Developments
Presented by Gareth Abdinor, Consultant, Malley & Co; Co-founder of the South Island Privacy Network
Health and Safety in Schools: Practical Considerations
Presented by Stephanie Grieve, Partner, Duncan Cotterill
Employment Contracts: Maternity Leave Provisions
Presented by Fiona McMillan, Partner, Lane Neave
Performance Management of Staff Members
Presented by David Beck, Partner, SB Law; executive member of the Australia New Zealand Education Law Association
Chair: Kathryn Dalziel
Kathryn Dalziel is a partner at Taylor Shaw in Christchurch specialising in employment and privacy law as well as civil litigation and professional ethics. Kathryn also provides advice to school boards across a range of legal issues. In her 25 year career, she has worked as a senior Crown prosecutor as well as a lecturer in employment law, privacy and legal ethics at the University of Canterbury. Kathryn regularly presents seminars on behalf of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, is the author of "Privacy in Schools" and co-authored the chapter on Health Information in "Health Care and the Law (4th ed).
Lorraine Michell graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1998 and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1999. Employed as a staff solicitor at Te Ture Manaaki o Rehua (Maori Legal Services) in Christchurch for 3 years from 2000, Lorraine became interested in more in-depth work, especially in the Family Law Field, rather than referring clients to appropriate legal representation. In 2002 Lorraine took up a position at the (then) Ferry Road Law Centre branch of Saunders & Co as a staff solicitor. After earthquakes and many changes of location, that office eventually relocated to become Saunders & Co (Ferrymead). Lorraine became a partner in the firm. From December 2015 Lorraine shifted roles to that of Barrister, enjoying the independence and autonomy to practice in her chosen field if Family Law.
Gareth Abdinor is driven to build long-term relationships with his clients and to provide them with trusted guidance and practical solutions to their legal challenges. Gareth is an employment law specialist and advises employers and employees on all aspects of the employment process, including documenting the employment elationship, disciplinary processes, terminating employment, employee restraints, health & safety and restructuring. Gareth sits on the Employment Law Committee of the Canterbury/Westland branch of the New Zealand Law Society and regularly delivers presentations to clients and the legal profession on employment law issues. Gareth is also one of New Zealand's experts in privacy, information and technology law. Gareth provides specialist advice and education in relation to compliance, data privacy, data and privacy breaches, social media & technology, and cyber-bullying. Gareth has delivered privacy training for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and is the co-founder of the South Island Privacy Network. He has also delivered training on cyber-law issues for the New Zealand Law Society's Continuing Legal Education and at the annual Education Law conference.
Stephanie Grieve's expertise is in civil litigation with a focus on insurance, including health & safety. She acts for insurers on statutory liability claims, professional indemnity and disciplinary matters. In the health and safety area, she regularly defends prosecutions and has acted on several leading cases in this area involving serious harm accidents and fatalities. She is currently presenting and advising frequently on the new regime under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Fiona specialises in assisting employers with all employment law related advice involving all processes from restructurings to disciplinary matters. She has built strong relationships within a number of different industries including corporate, tourism and manufacturing. Fiona has a hands on style of practise which involves working in a business as opposed to working alongside it. This is where Fiona's Human Resources experience comes in. Fiona often undertakes HR audits and internal investigations, and assists with the day to day HR functions of a business. Although Fiona is based in Auckland she works with clients in all parts of the country. Fiona regularly presents employment law seminars around New Zealand.
David Beck is an employment and education law specialist and partner in the Christchurch law firm SB Law Incorporating RA Fraser & Associates. David has over 30 years' experience in the education and industrial relations sector and he regularly appears before various court, tribunal and disciplinary bodies. He is also a member of a local primary school board and has an ongoing specialist legal practice that provides advice and advocacy for various educational bodies and individuals.
Ashley-Jayne advises clients in all aspects of employment law working with them to provide practical, pragmatic solutions to often complex employment issues. She has represented both employers and employees in the education sector, including from early childhood, primary, and secondary schools. Ashley-Jayne can assist employers, employees, and HR professionals with all manner of employment advice, including day to day management of employees, restructures and redundancies, employee claims, advising on and providing representation in human rights matters, and employment agreements and policies. Ashley-Jayne represents clients at mediations, in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, and Human Rights jurisdictions, as well as representing and advising sports players and clubs in disciplinary and general matters. Ashley-Jayne also advises clients on their health and safety obligations under the new legislation, including representing those being investigated by WorkSafe.
Carolyn Browne is a Christchurch barrister who specialises in family law. She has worked as a solicitor and an associate with two Christchurch firms which had large family law practices, and since 2011 has practised as a barrister with Pegasus Chambers, along with other barristers specialising in family law. Carolyn is appointed by the Family Court as Lawyer for Child in Care of Children Act proceedings and to represent people who are the subject of applications under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act. Her practice includes relationship property, domestic violence, adoption and a range of matters affecting children and their families.
Henning Snyman is the Coordinating Security Operations Manager. His career spans over two decades beginning with a commission as an officer in the South African Defence Force, before taking on a commercial role in the aviation security industry. Prior to joining International SOS-Control Risks, Henning worked as a consultant for airlines, ship owners and governments throughout the continent. He has also conducted extensive research on security issues in the Horn of Africa for one of the most prominent think-tanks in the region. After completing his Honours degree in Political Science, Henning furthered his studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, were he completed his Masters in Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. He concurrently worked as a junior lecturer during his time at Macquarie.
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