PAST PAPER: Education Law Conference - Wellington
Date: March 2017
Performance Management of Staff Members
Presented by Megan Richards, Partner; co-author of the Laws of New Zealand Employment chapter, Emma Warden, Special Counsel, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
To VET or Not to VET, That is the Question
Presented by Gaeline Phipps, Barrister, Lambton Chambers
Managing Your School's Reputational Risk During a Crisis
Presented by Tracey Walker, Legal Consultant and former litigation partner at Simpson Grierson
When Disaster Strikes: Are You Covered?
Presented by Brad Cuff, Senior Associate, DLA Piper; Insurance Law Specialist; and Myles Noble, Head of Claims and EQ Response, Crombie Lockwood; ANZIIF NZ Member Advisory Board and the National Committee for the Insurance Law Association
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 Sarah Hughes, Barrister and Solicitor
Cyber Safety: The Big Issues and New Developments
Presented by Peter Cullen, Partner and Chris Scarrott, Solicitor, Cullen - The Employment Law Firm
Chair: Andrew Greig
Andrew Greig is the Manager Teacher Practice at the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. He manages the conduct and competence area of the Council, which includes co-ordinating the Complaints Assessment Committee and providing administrative support for the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal. Previously, Andrew was a lawyer at a firm based in Wellington and practised in various areas including employment law. Andrew was also a pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and completed two operational tours, one in Somalia and another with the United Nations in the Middle East.
Megan Richards is a Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts. She is a very experienced employment lawyer and has practised law for over 20 years in top tier firms in New Zealand, Australia and London. She advises in all employment related matters including assisting clients to manage and prepare for changes in employment legislation. Megan is on the Editorial Boards of employment publications and is also the co-author of the Laws of New Zealand Employment chapter.
Emma Warden is a Special Counsel in the Wellington office of MinterEllisonRuddWatts. She has over 14 years' experience, and has undertaken a wide variety of work in the areas of employment law, health and safety, public law and education law. Emma's expertise spans both contentious and non-contentious issues in these areas, including in relation to managing poor performance, misconduct, and medical incapacity. She represents both private and public sector employers at mediation and in litigation, and regularly advises and assists clients with a wide range of employment and HR related issues, and matters arising under health and safety, employment, privacy and human rights legislation.
Gaeline Phipps is a barrister specialising in professional accountability regimes and has acted in prosecutorial, advisory and defence roles. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences on topics such as avoiding complaints, a systemic approach to errors, privacy protection and resolution processes. She was instructed to prosecute the Principal who employed James Parker and also prosecuted the charges against the principal who was found to have failed in his duty to act when indecent assaults were reported. She has, using her experience in such cases, devised practical tools that can be used to identify and act on potential harm while complying with the often competing obligations of a good employer and ethical professional whose duty is to report and act on potential.
Brad Cuff is a civil litigator and insurance law specialist. Brad's practice covers a wide range of insurance matters including fire and general, life and disability, product liability, public liability, management liability, statutory liability and professional indemnity claims. He has over 15 years' experience acting and advising on insurance claims and non-claims issues across all lines in both Australia and New Zealand. Brad has extensive experience in professional indemnity litigation for doctors, architects and engineers, valuers, financial advisers, solicitors, accountants and insurance brokers, responding to Worksafe NZ and Commerce Commission inquiries and in acting and advising insurers on property loss issues including litigation and coverage issues arising out of the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes.
Head of Claims and EQ Response, Crombie Lockwood. Myles is the Head of Claims and EQ response for Crombie Lockwood and has been with the company since 2002. Prior to this role Myles was with State Insurance for nine years in a variety of positions. Leading a team of 70 claims professionals Myles has worked to hard to cement claims as being a point of difference for Crombie Lockwood and its clients. A truly hands on leader Myles is regularly at the forefront of handling major losses across the country as well as providing technical claims advice internally and externally on a daily basis. Aside from his claims role Myles has responsibility for Crombie Lockwood's Internal Complaints Committee, joint responsibility for underwriter relationships, alternative revenue and Professional Indemnity matters. Myles is Vice Chairman of The ANZIIF NZ Members Advisory Board and Vice President of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association. He was named the IBANZ Young Broker of the Year in 2005 and the IBANZ Claims Professional of the Year in 2011. Myles also won the Wesfarmers Insurance Living Our Values award in 2012 and was a finalist in the Wesfarmers Innovation of the Year Award in 2014. Myles is a highly visible contributor to the industry's Canterbury Earthquake recovery efforts and is a well known public speaker on our industry's Earthquake response, Disaster Recovery Planning and Insurance Claims in general. Outside of work Myles enjoys time with his three young children, football, cricket and (when time permits) his involvement in the music industry.
Sarah Hughes has been in Sole Practise since 2005, and in practice for over 20 years. She is appointed to act for Children in the Family Court process and as Counsel to assist the Court, along with her private client work. Sarah has been working within the Family Court since being admitted to the bar in 1996. Sarah is passionate about ensuring the Court system does its best for the children who end up within it. The Court needs to have the best information available so that the best decisions can be made for all of the parties, but particularly the children as they are generally not the not within the Family Court system as a result of anything they have done, but because of the decisions of their parents or caregivers.
Peter Cullen studied at Victoria University in Wellington where he was President of the Students' Association in the 1970s. He worked at what was then Bell Gully & Co., as a Law Clerk and Office Solicitor, and then worked for the Law Reform Division of the Justice Department. Following that Peter worked at the employment coalface as an industrial advocate. He returned to the practice of law in 1990 and established Cullen - The Employment Law Firm in 1994 and continues to direct it as a partner. The firm is a specialist employment law firm with a wide range of employer and employee clients.He convened the Wellington District Law Society Employment Law Committee from its inception until 2004. He has represented clients before the various employment institutions including the Court of Appeal. Peter is currently the President of the Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce. He is additionally a member of various national committees including the Council of Business Central, Business New Zealand, and The New Zealand Law Society Employment Law Committee. Peter is currently the Honorary Consul for Colombia as well the Vice President of Latin American New Zealand Business Council. Peter hosts the Cullen Breakfast Club which is attended by many prominent members of Wellington's diplomatic and business community. Peter speaks at seminars throughout the year sharing his insightful knowledge of employment law. Media frequently seek his advice on employment and industrial law issues, and he has been a columnist for The Dominion and later The Dominion Post for many years
Tracey Walker is a litigation and dispute resolution specialist with particular expertise in media law, reputation management and intellectual property disputes. During her 26 plus years at one of New Zealand's largest law firms, including 17 as a litigation partner, she appeared as counsel for or against media in high profile litigation involving issues such as name suppression, breach of confidence, defamation, copyright infringement and privacy. She acted for Google in the first claims made against search engines in New Zealand. Tracey is the New Zealand contributor to an international text on defamation and author of "Reputation Matters - A Practical Legal Guide to Managing Reputation Risk (CCH publishers - 2012).
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.
Janet Lymburn is one of the team working on the implementation of the Food Act 2014. Her role includes developing tools to help food business comply with the new Act and to liaise with food businesses and those in the education sector on the new Food Act. Prior to this role Janet worked in MPI's Policy team on the development of the Food Act 2014. She has an extensive background as a chef and more recently worked in regional food development in South Australia.
Born and raised in Hawke's Bay, Chris Scarrott graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2014 with an LLB and a BA and joined Cullen in April 2016. Prior to joining Cullen Chris worked for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as a Client Service Advisor. In that role Chris gave advice to members of the public on residential tenancy issues and information on employment matters. Chris' work for MBIE in the employment area reignited an existing passion for employment law and provided a thorough grounding in the employment legislation. Chris is focused on providing thorough advice and practical options for both employers and employees.
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