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Evidence Act for Civil Litigators

Evidence Act for Civil Litigators
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Evidence is fundamental to the outcome of any civil litigation case because, in the usual course of events, the facts at issue in a case must be proved by the evidence. This seminar will consider some of the key themes emerging from recent cases and also assist you in gaining a better understanding of the practical implications of the Evidence Act. 

This seminar will include:

  • A discussion of the matters arising from the Law Commission’s Second Review of the Evidence Act 2006 relevant to evidence in civil cases
  • An analysis of relevant recent case law. In particular, covering key areas of privilege, litigation privilege, legal advice privilege, and joint interest privilege
  • A discussion of privilege issues for in-house counsel
  • A discussion of recent cases on disclosure of confidential information, including journalist sources, and the onus where confidentiality is claimed
  • A discussion of the uncertainty in relation to immunity of expert witnesses.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • An up-to-date understanding of recent developments in relevant aspects of the law of evidence.
  • An understanding of the practical implications of those developments.

Who should attend

Civil litigators, company/commercial lawyers, employment practitioners, family lawyers, and in-house counsel.


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 19 May


Allison Ferguson WEB EDIT Allison Ferguson
Partner, Wilson Harle, Auckland

Allison is a founding partner of specialist litigation firm Wilson Harle. She has acted for clients across a wide range of civil and commercial disputes. Allison has appeared as counsel in the courts at all levels. Her experience includes acting for and advising clients in respect of breach of contract, negligence, insurance, construction, shareholder disputes, media, Fair Trading Act and Commerce Act issues, public law and regulatory matters. Allison is a long-standing member of the NZLS Civil Litigation and Tribunals Committee.

Guy Tompkins WEB EDIT Guy Tompkins
Senior Associate, Wilson Harle, Auckland

Guy is a Senior Associate at specialist litigation firm Wilson Harle. He commenced his practice at Wilson Harle and recently re-joined the firm after five years in London, where he was in-house counsel at a major retail and commercial bank. Guy specialises in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on contractual disputes, insurance, financial services, negligence, restructuring and insolvency, company law and media law.

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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New Zealand