PAST PAPER: In-House Counsel CPD 'Top-Up'
Date: March 2017
Strategic Thinking for Resolving In-House Issues
Presented by Paul Sills, Barrister & Mediator (AAMINZ)
Employment Contracts: Tips and Traps for In-House Lawyers
Presented by Robbie Bryant, Barrister, Blair Edwards - Employment Lawyers; Chancery Chambers (Auckland) and Blackstone Chambers (Hamilton)
Chair: Josie Boyd
Josie Boyd is Northpower's General Counsel, with responsibility for managing the provision of legal services to the Northpower Group. Josie has also recently been appointed General Manager, Network Assets, and is responsible for leading the commercial, customer and regulatory side of Northpower's electricity network business in Kaipara and Whangarei. Josie is also a director of one of Northpower's subsidiary companies which will be building, owning and operating new UFB networks in several towns in the Whangarei and Kaipara areas, as part of the Government's UFB initiative. Josie joined Northpower in 2011, and prior to that worked in New Zealand and the UK in a range of private practice and in house corporate roles in the utilities, construction and professional services industries.
Paul Sills is a barrister with over 20 years' experience working in global litigation markets. Paul is also an accomplished business leader, having been involved in a diverse range of companies (as CEO or director) including the marine industry, global health care and international freight. Paul has been engaged in mediations both as a legal advisor and as a client since 1995 and as a mediator since 2010. These have included multi-parties and complex issues surrounding Treaty of Waitangi settlements, aviation disasters, leaky homes, construction and receiverships. With a unique understanding of the challenges businesses and individuals face and drawing on his years of commercial and legal experience, Paul provides timely and cost-effective solutions for his clients. Paul's appointments include Associate Member of AMINZ, a member of the panel of mediators for the Marine Industry Association, Triathlon NZ Age Group Adjudicator for 2015 and 2016 and a member of the panel of mediators for the New Zealand Law Society. Paul is approved to assist with the Society's Early Resolution Service, as well as standard track mediations. As a barrister Paul maintains both an active commercial litigation practice and a comprehensive mediation practice.
Paul Johns leads Baldwins Dispute Resolution team, assisting clients to effectively handle contentious intellectual property issues. Paul advises clients on actual or potential legal disputes, including in relation to registered intellectual property rights, copyright, and consumer and marketing law. He helps his clients to develop and implement appropriate strategies to effectively manage and resolve disputes, whether by negotiation, litigation or other dispute resolutions methods. Paul appears on behalf of his clients in the Courts and in intellectual property office hearings. Though based in our Auckland office, Paul travels regularly to work with clients in Wellington and Christchurch. Paul has more than 15 years' experience in intellectual property disputes, including five years at a leading general commercial firm in New Zealand and at a major international firm based in London.
Hayley Miller is a specialist technology and commercial lawyer with more than 17 years' experience advising on commercial law, intellectual property and contracts. She has particular expertise in outsourcing, commercial supply and procurement, IT and telecommunications, intellectual property, consumer law and privacy. She is adept at advising clients on the New Zealand Privacy Act and related codes and the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act. She has completed the New Zealand sections of many world-wide privacy compliance reviews, manuals and policies, and assisted with the privacy law section of an online regulatory training tool. She regularly presents on privacy related issues; most recently these topics have included what to do in a breach situation and how privacy impacts on the collection, use and disclosure of big data. Kensington Swan is a premier New Zealand law firm with 31 partners supported by more than 140 people based at its offices in Auckland and Wellington.
Robbie Bryant is an Associate at Blair Edwards, Employment Lawyers which has offices in Auckland, and Waikato. The practice assists clients nationally, including the Auckland and greater Bay of Plenty regions. Robbie frequently represents clients in negotiations and mediations, and appears before the Employment Relations Authority. He advises on all areas of employment law including exit arrangements, restraint of trade issues, redundancy/restructuring procedures, the Holidays Act 2003, internal investigations and disciplinary/dismissal processes. He has contributed to NZ Business Magazine, and assisted the College of Law with developing practical employment law modules for practitioners. Robbie also provides in-house training for employers on all areas of employment law.
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