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ACC - the essentials

ACC - the essentials
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The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) scheme introduced a completely “no fault” approach to personal injuries. This seminar is aimed at lawyers who are either contemplating or already practising in this key area where there are often vulnerable clients that need strong representation. It will take a practical approach to ensure you are able to provide your clients with robust advice that enables them to navigate the subtleties and complexities of the ACC scheme. In this primer, the presenters will step you through the lifecycle of a typical ACC case and then discuss factual case studies showing the type of cases an ACC lawyer is likely to be involved with.

This seminar will include:

  • A brief introduction to ACC
  • An overview of the ACC scheme including the types of cover and key entitlements
  • The lifecycle of an ACC case and what practitioners need to know at each stage
  • Information on connecting with ACC practitioners via NZLS’ Mentoring Programme.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will:

  • Have a better understanding of ACC work and the types of cases you could be involved with.
  • Feel more confident with giving advice to clients about claims for cover and entitlements under the ACC scheme.

Who should attend

All lawyers who want to diversify and learn more about ACC work including civil litigation and employment 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 29 March


PECK Brittany 2022 Brittany Peck
Solicitor, John Miller Law, Wellington

Brittany graduated with a BA/BSC before going on to study law. She worked as the support worker for a man with cerebral palsy and then as a Health Care Assistant at Wellington Hospital while completing her LLB. This inspired an interest in medico-legal issues and advocacy. In 2012 Brittany joined John Miller Law as a clerk and has been there ever since. She practises in the areas of criminal, mental health, and ACC law, as well as being a volunteer lawyer at Wellington Community Law Centre.

SARA Peter 2022 Peter Sara
Peter Sara Lawyer, Dunedin

Peter graduated with a LLB from the University of Otago in 1978. His first law job was working in the litigation department of Haigh Lyon and Co., Auckland, and part of his job was to assist the senior partner Frank Haigh, in ACC work, which was then in its infancy. Thus began Peter’s experience in doing ACC work, including reviews and appeals. He set up on his own account as a sole practitioner in 1999 and has specialised in ACC work ever since, including being involved in making submissions on ACC law reform on behalf of the former District Law Societies and since 2009, the NZLS Accident Compensation Committee. Peter is the convenor of the Committee.

Non-presenting Author

McCarthy Molly 2022 Molly McCarthy
Barrister, Woodward Street Chambers, Wellington

Molly is an independent barrister with particular interest in general civil litigation, judicial review, accident compensation, and criminal law. Prior to joining Woodward Street Chambers, she was a junior barrister at Stout Street Chambers, and a solicitor on Russell McVeagh’s litigation and public law teams. Molly has been a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s ACC Law Reform Committee since 2019. She has also undertaken secondments at the Accident Compensation Corporation and Wellington’s Community Law Centre, where she has been a volunteer lawyer since 2016.

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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