He mihi nui ki a koutou and welcome everyone to this year’s Conference. Our theme is The Winds of Change: Mā te hau tōrua. Whilst this acknowledges that we are in the “windy city” it also alludes to the many changes we are experiencing, both in our legislative framework, policy and practice in the courts and in society. To quote Socrates: “the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”.
I invite you to embrace the diversity and range of opportunities the speakers and presentations offer. As family lawyers we need to be resilient and adaptable and I hope you will find the programme stimulating and thought provoking. Enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones. Take time to enjoy our beautiful waterfront if you can and use the time away from client demands to renew and refresh your outlook. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. Tēnā tatou katoa.
Chair: Rachael Dewar - Rachael Dewar Law, Wellington
“High-conflict” divorce cases – especially those involving entrenched interparental hatred – have been consistently identified as difficult, complex, time consuming, and costly. They place great strain on individuals (including children), practitioners and courts, as well as on the family law system more generally. In this session the presenters will: explore “interparental hatred” as a key relationship dynamic driving some high-conflict cases; discuss strategies for lawyers working with parents in the grips of entrenched hatred; and offer strategies for working with cases where children may be resisting or refusing contact as a consequence of a parent spreading the culture of hatred on to children. Download the conference brochure for a full outline
Conference sessions 7 - 8 November
Download the conference brochure for a full outline of each session
Accommodation in Wellington can be in high demand, so we advise you to book your accommodation as early as possible. We have secured some discount deals for conference delegates - please click here for more information.
*Live web stream attendees - if you select hard copy or both - your book will be couriered to you.
Registration - after 14 October 2019
|Pre-conference workshop - Wellington||6 November|
|Wellington||7 - 8 November|
|Live Web Stream||7 - 8 November|
|I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.|
Please note: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Registrations close 10 working days before the presentation date (the closing date). NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel any session that does not reach the budgeted minimum number of registrations. This decision will be made on the closing date and a full refund will be made to each registrant of the cancelled session. If you cancel your registration before the closing date, a refund will be made, less a $200 administration fee. After the closing date, there will be no refund. You may transfer your registration to another person until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.