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Section 21 Agreements - grey areas?

Section 21 Agreements - grey areas?
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Section 21 agreements continue to be common place and often require a substantial degree of input, knowledge and “crystal ball gazing” on the part of practitioners who want to ensure that the agreements withstand the test of time. This seminar is intended not only to update lawyers on the recent case law but to also consider and address the “grey areas” we all encounter when drafting living agreements (s 21) and settlement agreements (s 21A).

This seminar will include:

  • An outline of the different types of s 21 agreements, and circumstances in which they might apply
  • A discussion of the formalities; including s 21F, consequences of a failure to comply, and touching on s 21H (validation of agreements)
  • A review of your duty of care; to your own client and the other party
  • Advice for acting for overseas clients; certifying via Skype and a discussion on “forum shopping”
  • A discussion on setting aside agreements under s 21J, additional contractual remedies, and the issue of multiple agreements
  • Practical tips for drafting agreements, “meaningless” clauses, and some of the common pitfalls to avoid.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • Greater knowledge on issues to consider when drafting s 21 agreements and settlement agreements under s 21A.
  • Practical advice on how to apply this knowledge when advising your clients.

Who should attend

Family lawyers, property lawyers, general practitioners, civil litigators, and trust and estates practitioners.


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

  • $145 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $195 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the Multiple Registration button below or Click here
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Live Web Stream 25 March
Auckland 25 March


Jennie Pic WEB EDIT Jennie Hawker
Partner, Haigh Lyon, Auckland

Jennie’s clients value her energy and passion. She brings a thorough, yet efficient approach, ensuring her clients are always kept abreast of all available options. Enjoying the challenge that the constant flux of family law brings, Jennie is seen as a formidable expert in all things family law; regularly speaking at events and writing commentary for family court procedure and the Property (Relationships) Act 1976. An unrelenting and strategic advocate for her clients, she is lovely, but lethal. On the inside Jennie is the go-to for in-depth knowledge and application of family law legislation and procedures. On the outside, she is a self-described “fitness freak”. Whether it’s up at 5am to go to the gym or running round after her two small boys in the evenings, Jennie’s all about being active.

Simon Jefferson QC WEB EDIT Simon Jefferson QC
Trinity Chambers, Auckland

Simon has had more than 33 years’ legal experience specialising almost exclusively in family law since 1983. After 20 years as a partner with Shieff Angland (where he led a family law team renowned for its ability and from which has emerged many leading family law practitioners), he left to practise at the independent bar in June 2006. Simon was elevated to the status of Queen’s Counsel in 2013. He has appeared in the Family Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. A number of Simon’s cases feature in the Law Reports and he is particularly noted for his appellate advocacy.

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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