Litigation Skills: Best Practice (Live Stream)

Session ID: WEB183NZA16
Date: Friday, 23 March 2018
Time: 02:00pm - 05:15pm
Venue: This live web seminar is being streamed from AUCKLAND

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Session Content

Date: Friday 23 March 2018
Time: 2.00pm to 5.15pm
Live Stream

Attend and earn 3 CPD hours

Invest an afternoon to hear from the experts as they cover the different stages of the litigation process. Master some the skills needed to be a great litigator: written submissions, cross-examination and appellate advocacy. Attendees will also take away essential knowledge in using electronic casebooks, an absolute essential in today's litigation environment.

Chair: Aaron Perkins QC, Barrister, Regent Chambers

Electronic Casebooks

  • Higher courts electronic documents protocol
  • How to create electronic casebooks
  • How to work with electronic casebooks
  • How to present case electronically

Presented by Phillip Cornege, Barrister, Thackeray Chambers

Written Submissions: How to Persuade the Court

  • The ultimate purpose and use of written submissions
  • Written submissions at trial and as part of appellate advocacy
  • Submissions in chief and how to make effective use of submissions in reply

Presented by Cathy Murphy, Barrister, High St Chambers

Enhancing Your Cross-Examination Skills: Practice and Procedure

  • Evaluating your preparation and cross-examination techniques: questions to ask the witnesses and how to discredit the witness
  • Avoiding unnecessary cross-examination and re-examination
  • Identifying and leveraging cross-examination inconsistencies
  • Controlling the witness to elicit the appropriate response
  • Re-evaluating your approach

Presented by Graham Kohler QC, Barrister, Shortland Chambers

Appellate Advocacy
Consider some effective strategies and best practice procedures for litigating at the Appellate level, including considerations of the unique advocacy challenges and corresponding tactics for arguing matters on appeal.

Presented by Mark Lillico, Crown Counsel, Crown Law Offices

Learning Objectives:

  • Master appellate advocacy
  • Consider how to prepare and best utlisise electronic casebooks
  • Understand how to persuade the court through written submissions and enhanced cross-examination

Chair: Aaron Perkins QC

Aaron Perkins QC - Aaron Perkins graduated from the University of Auckland in 1980. He worked for two Auckland law firms before joining the Independent bar in 1982. He specialised in criminal defence work from 1982 to 1986. In 1986 he joined the Auckland Crown Solicitor's office becoming a partner in 1993. He returned to the independent bar in 2014. From 1986, he has specialised in homicide trials. He was called to the inner bar in 2016.

Phillip Cornege

Phillip Cornege is an experienced litigator, providing advice and representation on a range of civil, criminal, and public law matters. He also acts for defendants in regulatory and professional disciplinary proceedings, and before sporting (including racing) disciplinary bodies. Phillip has worked in leading commercial firms, and the Crown Solicitor's office at Hamilton. He is an effective trial and appellate advocate, having appeared as lead counsel in over 100 trials and appeals. He is also an experienced negotiator. Phillip uses up-to-date technology to provide the best possible experience for his clients. He provides an efficient, timely, and cost effective service.

Cathy Murphy

Cathy Murphy is a senior barrister who specialises in complex commercial litigation. She has practised in London, Sydney and New Zealand across a wide variety of corporate industries. Her work encompasses formal advocacy, dispute resolution and advice on the strategic management of potential litigation issues. In recent years Cathy's practice has included disputes relating to corporate governance, shareholder break-ups, contract, insolvency, director's liability, equity and negligence. Her specific interests lie in exploring the ways in which a legal framework can complement and enhance commercial acuity and practicality.

Graham Kohler QC

Graham Kohler QC is a barrister practising in Auckland. He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in law from Auckland University. He was admitted in 1981 and become a barrister sole in 1987. Since 1989 he has practised from Shortland Chambers. He took silk in 2013. He has appeared as counsel in hundreds, if not thousands, of civil and commercial cases throughout his career.

Mark Lillico

Mark Lillico is one of the Crown Counsel in the Criminal Law Team at Crown Law. On a temporary basis he is also one of the managers of the Team and has particular responsibilities in respect of extradition. He carries a case load that covers criminal appeals, civil proceedings with a criminal law dimension and extradition requests. Mark maintains an interest in Youth Justice matters and was contracted to the Ministry of Justice for a year to assist with the development of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011.

Venue Details

Stamford Plaza Auckland

Ground Floor, 22 - 26 Albert St
Auckland 1010

Ph: 64 9 309 888


The Stamford Plaza Auckland is a short 5 minute walk from the main

train/bus station Britomart. There is onsite valet parking, charged at a rate

of NZ$45 per car. Alternatively there are numerous public car parks in the

area including Challenge House, 1/3 Wolfe Street.

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