Contract Law Roundup: Your Critical Update (Live Stream)

Session ID: WEB183NZA17
Date: Friday, 23 March 2018
Time: 09:00am - 01:15pm
Venue: This live web seminar is being streamed from AUCKLAND

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Date: Friday 23 March 2018
Time: 9.00am to 1.15pm
Live Stream

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Don't miss the opportunity to learn about the latest contract law developments from this panel of experts offering practical guidance on key issues including the ever topical and contentious area of contract remedies, contract interpretation and the best strategies and practices for terminating a contract. Gain insight into technological impact on 21st century contracting.

Chair: Kate Davenport QC, Barrister, Bankside Chambers

The Rise of Smart Contracts

  • What are smart contracts and how do they work?
  • What type of contracts can/can't be smart?
  • How will/do standard legal principles apply in a 'smart contract' world?

Presented by Tom Maasland, Partner, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

The Latest in Interpreting Commercial Contracts

  • The extent of the current doctrine
  • Reactionary reactions
  • Case law interpretations

Presented by Peter Wright, Barrister, Shortland Chambers

When Contracting Parties Fall Out: Contractual Disputes and How they can be Managed

  • What does the contract mean?
  • Terminating contracts: what to consider
  • Dispute resolution clauses: What do you mean I can't go to Court?
  • Working out loss when a contract is breached

Presented by James Burt, Barrister, Auckland; Leading New Zealand Insolvency and Reconstruction Barrister, Doyle's Guide 2016

Latest Developments in Contracts on Interest Rates and Penalty Type Clauses

  • Whether you can claim compound interest, or other high interest rates under a contract, and if so, on what basis
  • A comparison with a restitutionary claim in unjust enrichment for the use value of money
  • The doctrine against penalties and its underlying purpose between satisfying performance expectations and public policy
  • What constitutes an unenforceable penalty clause?

Presented by Paul Dalkie, Barrister, Auckland

Learning Objectives:

  • Keep up to date with the latest in interest rates and penalties
  • Examine trend development in interpretation
  • Explore contractual dispute resolution options and procedures
  • Consider how technology is transforming contract law

Chair: Kate Davenport QC

Kate was admitted to the Bar in 1983. She became a Barrister sole in 1990. Kate took Silk in 2013. Kate was admitted to the UK Bar by the Middle Temple in July 2015. Kate was awarded the New Zealand Lawyer Barrister of the Year Award in 2013. Kate is a civil and commercial litigator with 25 years experience at the bar. She is also a qualified mediator. Kate practises primarily in civil and commercial litigation including cases involving contracts and torts, equity and trusts, insolvency and company law, land law, construction law, Relationship property and Health law. Kate has a special interest in professional regulation. Kate is deputy chair of Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal. Kate was for 9 years Deputy Chair of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. Kate is a member of the prosecution panel for the New Zealand Law Society. Kate is a member of the Film & Literature Board of Review. Kate is Chair of the National Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproduction Technology (ECART) (term will end July 2015). Kate writes extensively in the area of Trust Law and is a contributing editor to LexisNexis Law of Trusts. Kate is a former Vice President of the New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Bar Association. Kate is an accredited advocacy trainer accredited by International Advocacy Training Council

Tom Maasland

Tom Maasland is Partner in the technology team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts. He specializes in IT and general commercial contracts. Prior to taking on the role, Tom was Head of ICT in Auckland for another New Zealand law firm and before that was Assistant General Counsel at Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom) with responsibility for advising on strategic and high value projects. Tom is ranked as a leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific for the last 4 years.

Peter Wright

Peter joined Shortland Chambers in 1998 prior to which he was a partner at Grove Darlow & Partners. A graduate of the University of Auckland, he gained a Senior Law Prize in 1984 and subsequently an LLM Hons. He specialises in civil and commercial litigation including construction disputes. Peter's experience includes vendor and purchaser and other land law issues; tort liability; company, director and shareholder disputes; wills and trusts; insurance; insolvency; financial and general commercial disputes. In his spare time Peter enjoys boating, skiing and travelling.

James Burt

James has 17 years' experience as a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer, first with a large, national firm and for the last three years as a barrister sole. James has a broad commercial practice, with particular expertise in insurance, insolvency and regulatory issues. This has included advising clients on the largest insurance settlement in New Zealand to date, representing various parties in significant commercial collapses, and acting for directors and company officers in high profile regulatory investigations.

Paul Dalkie

Paul Dalkie has practised as a barrister for more than 24 years in New Zealand and Australia. He appears in and has appeared in a wide range of civil and commercial cases and arbitrations. Prior to becoming a barrister he practised as a solicitor in Queensland for more than 8 years including at two global firms Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) and Cannan & Peterson, Sly & Weigall (now Norton Rose Fullbright). He has appeared and argued cases and conducted trials and appeals at all Court's levels, including the Privy Council. His practice has particular emphasis on contract disputes of all kinds, and corporate law, especially insolvency and shareholders and directors disputes. He is admitted to practice in New Zealand, Queensland and Victoria, and in the Federal Courts of Australia.

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Auckland 1010

Ph: 64 9 309 888


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