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Section 15 PRA Revisited - walking the tight rope between certainty and fairness

Section 15 PRA Revisited - walking the tight rope between certainty and fairness
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18 years after s 15 was implemented, in the aftermath of Scott v Williams and in the looming shadow of the Law Commission’s proposed “Family Income Sharing Agreements” are we any better placed to assess with certainty an economic disparity claim? In this seminar we review key recent developments and propose suggestions for a “tool-kit” for practitioners.

This seminar will include:

  • Is causation dead; can you ever argue it?
  • Does s 15 relate only to relationship property, what about trust property?
  • Post separation issues; date of assessment and adjustment for delay
  • Economic disparity valuation methodologies; the pros & cons
  • Practical tips for facing or defending a s 15 claim, and best practice on how to advise your client
  • Arbitration – how to engage with this
  • How does economic disparity apply to the hyper wealthy?

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • Practical advice on how to advise your clients when facing or defending a s 15 claim.
  • Knowledge on the pros and cons of disparity valuation methodologies.

Who should attend

Family lawyers, general practitioners.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $125 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $175 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

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23 July Auckland
23 July  Live Web Stream


Headshot (3) WEB EDIT Lynda Kearns
Barrister, Bastion Chambers, Auckland

Lynda has been a specialist in all aspects of family law for many years. Her practice primarily relates to cases involving relationship and trust property as well as estate matters, including family protection claims. Lynda advises on custody, access, Hague Convention cases and maintenance, including spousal maintenance. She has particular expertise in the area of child support. Lynda has senior counsel for the child status and is routinely appointed to act for children, as counsel to assist the Court or as amicus. She has presented numerous seminars on a variety of relationship property and trust-related issues and matters relating to children.

muirNZ WEB EDIT Kevin Muir
Partner, Morgan Coakle Lawyers, Auckland

Kevin is one of the partners at Morgan Coakle Lawyers responsible for Family Law issues. He has practiced extensively in the relationship property area and has presented a number of seminars on related issues to NZLS CLE, ADLS and Family Law Conference audiences. Kevin also represents lawyers facing civil claims or complaints, often arising from relationship property files.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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