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Relationship Property - debts and third parties

Relationship Property - debts and third parties
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The PRA provides a framework for the determination of the division of relationship property of a married or de facto couple. Problems arise when debts or third-party interests must be taken into account. This seminar will provide insight into the way in which third parties, including the Official Assignee of a bankrupt spouse/partner may invoke the Act for their benefit.

This seminar will include:

  • Insights and ideas around some ways in which the PRA may be used to benefit those interested parties through the use of ss 20E, 37 and 47 by using the gateway provision s 23(1)(b)
  • A discussion of the leading case, Hooker v Official Assignee, and the role of the Official Assignee as a third party.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • Greater knowledge on creditors remedies via the PRA and the nature & extent of “parties”.
  • Knowledge of some key cases and reflect on the practical implications for practitioners.

Who should attend

Property, family, civil, and conveyancing lawyers.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 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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Live Web Stream 25 February
Auckland 25 February


WEB EDIT Toni Brown Toni Brown
Director, K3 Legal, Auckland

Toni is an expert in Family and Trust Law with over 20 years of experience. Appearing numerous times in both the Family and High Courts, she has worked on a number of complex, high profile cases involving family law litigation. Toni is also heavily involved in Relationship property cases, often involving trusts and companies. She has been a Litigation Skills Faculty member since 2017. Prior to becoming a Director at K3 Legal, Toni successfully ran her own firm based in Tauranga, gaining a strong reputation among the legal profession.

WEB EDIT HEATH Hon Paul The Honourable Paul Heath QC
Bankside Chambers, Auckland

Paul is a former High Court Judge. Between 2003 and 2016 he was assigned to sit, on occasion, in the Civil and Criminal Appeal Divisions of the Court of Appeal. He also sat as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Vanuatu in 2011. Paul retired from the High Court Bench in 2018 and is now engaged in dispute resolution, primarily arbitration. Recently, he was appointed as President of the Court of Appeal of the Pitcairn Islands and Judge of the Court of Appeal of Kiribati.

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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