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Insolvency Update 2023

Insolvency Update 2023
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From the chair

An “engineered recession” to combat inflation and other post-COVID negative economic impacts have caused stresses in different business sectors. The law on directors’ duties also continues to develop both here and overseas. This Insolvency Update Forum will provide timely insights from our panel of lawyers and an insolvency practitioner into:

  • The latest developments on directors’ duties from the Supreme Courts here and the United Kingdom, including the vexed question of whether directors owe duties to creditors
  • Issues arising in construction sector insolvencies for secured and unsecured/trade creditors
  • The implications of developing case law on equitable liens and the interplay with the Personal Property Securities Act 1999, following the “tiny homes” judgment and the appeal from that decision
  • The new retentions regime for construction contracts
  • Insolvency law reform topics, including “phoenix company” reforms.
We look forward to sharing these insights with you both in person and online and welcome interaction and questions on the day. See you there.

Chair: Scott Barker, Buddle Findlay, Wellington

Programme outline

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  • Mainzeal Update
  • Property Development and Contractor Collapses - market trends and topical issues
  • Lessons Learned about Leins and the Manufacture and Sale of Future Goods
  • Retentions in a Construction Insolvency
  • Panel Discussion and Conclusions

Learning objectives

By attending this forum you will:

  • Be brought up to date with the recent Mainzeal court decision on the law of directors’ duties.
  • Learn what happens if a construction company collapses.
  • Have the latest update on law reform in this area.
  • Gain insights into solving insolvency disputes.

Who should attend

Practitioners in the civil litigation, company, commercial and in-house practice areas.


  • Chair: Scott Barker, Buddle Findlay, Wellington
  • Scott Abel, Buddle Findlay, Auckland
  • Liz Gellert, Lowndes Jordan, Auckland
  • Stephen Keen, Grant Thornton, Auckland
  • Rachel Pinny, Thorndon Chambers, Wellington


  • 8.30am Registration
  • 9.00am Sessions begin
  • 1.00pm Sessions end
  • Live Web Stream registration closes - 3pm Tuesday 21 November 2023


Please indicate your selection upon registration:
  • Hard Copy - Your book will be given to you when you register on the day* - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and you can collect the hard copy book when you register on the day* - additional $30 charge

*Live web stream attendees - if you select hard copy or both - your book will be couriered to you.

Fee (incl GST)


  • $445 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $495 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

2+1 available for live web stream registrations - must be arranged at time of booking - find out more
  • $425

Download PDF Brochure & registration form

Auckland 22 November
Live Web Stream 22 November
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation and refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations, and, cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.
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