Session 2: Family Law Disputes - Recent Cases and Urgent Applications (Live Stream)

Session ID: WEB183NZA12B
Date: Thursday, 22 March 2018
Time: 02:00pm - 05:15pm
Venue: This live web seminar is being streamed from AUCKLAND

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Session Content

Date: Thursday 22 March 2018
Time: 2.00pm to 5.15pm
Live Stream

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When your clients look to you in the midst of a tense situation involving a complex assortment of assets and uncertainty over how it's all going to be divided up, you need to ensure that you're ready for any question that your client may throw at you and any strategy that the other party may fire off in your direction. Hone your knowledge and perfect your practice and procedure when dealing with assets, settlements, disputes, urgent applications and more.

Chair: Susie Houghton, Barrister, Auckland

How to Move a Child from the Jurisdiction Temporarily

  • Registration of foreign orders
  • The Court's ability to determine by consent habitual residence
  • Hague remedies: Habeus corpus
  • Practical scenarios

Presented by Alex Ashmore, Barrister, Ponsonby Chambers

Professional Negligence Claims Against Family Lawyers

  • Typical claims made
  • Financial agreements: Still a hot topic?
  • Claims prevention strategies: protecting your own assets as well as your client's assets

Presented by Brad Cuff, Special Counsel, DLA Piper

Analysis of Recent Family Law and Property Division Cases: Focusing on Relevant Issues
Analyse recent cases and decisions, their significance, and their impact on your practice and your clients.

Presented by Robyn von Keisenberg, Barrister, Wyndham Chambers

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyse recent family law and property division cases
  • Examine alternatives to litigation
  • Understand business valuation

Chair: Susie Houghton

Through the course of her career Susie Houghton has worked as a member of litigation teams in both large and small law firms. Since 2001, Susie has chosen to practice as a barrister sole specialising in family law. Susie has significant experience in representing parties as well as children in Court hearings. She is also an experienced mediator and enjoys assisting parties in negotiating an agreed outcome or solution. This enables families to resolve disputes much more speedily and cost-effectively than having to proceed with costly litigation. Since 2000, Susie has been appointed by the Family Court and the High Court to represent numerous children in Court proceedings. As an elected member of the Law Society's Family Law Committee, Susie has a keen interest in Family Court processes and playing a role in ensuring the systems meet parents' and children's needs, as best as is possible. Susie is also a Law Society accredited family mediator and in the role of mediator, has assisted families in resolving issues, outside of the Court arena.

Alexander Ashmore

Alex Ashmore was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1990. He has practised as a solicitor for approximately 17 years - 12 of those as a partner in a medium-sized firm in Waitakere City. He went to the Bar in 2007 and has been practising as a barrister sole in central Auckland since that time. Alex specialises in all aspects of Family Law including relationship property, and cases involving children. He is also experienced in family protection and adoption - particularly in cases involving surrogacy. He has a particular interest in cases involving international child abduction and has appeared as counsel in Family Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in such cases. He is regularly appointed to act for the Central Authority in cases involving the Hague Convention on Child Abduction. Alex also regularly undertakes appellate work, taking instructions to appear on behalf of the appellant or respondent in appeals from the Family Court to the High Court in particular. Alex's tertiary qualifications include a B Com LLB obtained in 1988 and a Masters with First Class Honours obtained in 2006. He is a member of the International Family Law Issues Committee of the New Zealand Law Society and has presented papers on various aspects of family law both in New Zealand and overseas.

Brad Cuff

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.

Robyn von Keisenberg

Robyn von Keisenberg is a family law specialist with over 30 years experience. She has developed a broad practice with special interest in Care of Children Act proceedings, relationship property including Trust issues, Family Protection Act and other Estate Litigation, Mental Health Act proceedings, Protection of Personal Property Rights Act and other related elder law issues. Robyn has represented children in trust disputes (including in the seminal decision X v X) and for children in High Court Estate litigation. Robyn is senior counsel on Lawyer for Child and Lawyer for Subject Person lists and has a special interest in representing people with disabilities. Robyn has served and convened a number of Law Society Committees and was Chair of the Deportation Review Tribunal for a number of years. She is currently a Deputy Convenor on the Mental Health Review Tribunal. Robyn is currently the Chair for the Family Courts Association, a mixed discipline organisation with interest in Family Court issues.

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