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Company Law Update

Company Law Update
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Practitioners in firms of all sizes who are advising companies of all types need to ensure that they remain abreast of current legal issues and developments in company law and what they mean on a practical level for their clients. This seminar will consider key recent case law and provide an update on the most important issues in the company law arena.

This seminar will include:

  • Directors’ personal liabilities under the Fair Trading Act 1986
  • Directors’ duties in a group of companies
  • Directors’ duties of collegiality
  • Reckless trading liability
  • Directors’ duties in connection with distributions to shareholders
  • Parent company liabilities in tort and for contribution orders
  • Shareholder oppression and voting rights
  • Recent developments in company contracting.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will:

  • Be up-to-date on current issues in directors’ liability, parent company liability and shareholder disputes.
  • Increase your knowledge of current best practice in company contracting.

Who should attend

Company/Commercial lawyers from small and large firms acting for companies in their day-to-day operations and all commercial litigators.


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

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 30 June


John land WEB EDIT John Land
Barrister, Bankside Chambers, Auckland

John is a senior competition law specialist and commercial litigation barrister. Since 2016 he has also been a teaching fellow at the University of Auckland responsible for the teaching of the Auckland Law School undergraduate company law course. Before joining Bankside Chambers in 2012, John was with Kensington Swan for 26 years including 20 years as a partner. He has published frequently in the fields of competition and corporate law.

Peter Watts QC pic WEB EDIT Peter Watts QC FRSNZ
Barrister, Bankside Chambers, Auckland

Peter is a barrister at Bankside Chambers. He remains a Professor of Law at the University of Auckland (on leave without pay) as well as a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. Peter is the author of and contributor to a number of books on company law including: P Watts Directors’ Powers and Duties (2nd ed, LexisNexis, 2015);

P Watts, N Campbell and C Hare Company Law in New Zealand (2nd ed, LexisNexis, 2016) and Morison’s Company and Securities Law (LexisNexis looseleaf). He is also the General Editor of Bowstead & Reynolds on Agency (21st ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2018) and a contributing author to Heath & Whale on Insolvency.

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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Wellington 6011

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PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand