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Deception in Commercial Dealings Masterclass

Deception in Commercial Dealings Masterclass
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From the Chair

The law has an array of approaches to deal with deception; some are somewhat arcane, while others have developed as simple and effective ways to address the issues. It’s topical and continually relevant and pervades all areas of legal practice.

The idea of this Masterclass is to delve into some key areas of interest – pitfalls when guiding a commercial deal from sales pitch to signature; understanding and identifying the best way to plead a claim; keeping an eye on the outcome when the case finishes. Importantly, we will also be dealing with the perennial issues and pitfalls which arise in advertising, and hearing from the Commerce Commission.

Some recent developments which will merit discussion include the findings of the Australian Royal Commission into the conduct of the banking industry, and what that might mean for New Zealand and trans-Tasman dealings.

It’s going to be an interesting day and I am very much looking foward to seeing you there.

Chair: Bob Hollyman QC

Programme outline

Download the course brochure for a full outline of each session.
  • Untangling the Web of the Misleading Conduct and Deception: Choosing the right cause of action and pleading it
  • Documenting the Deal
  • Misleading Conduct: Building a complaint into a case
  • Truth in Advertising
  • Remedies: Tracing and constructive trusts
  • Enforcement and Limits of the Regulators' Powers
  • Future Developments

Learning objectives

In this Masterclass you will be:

  • Identifying the different causes of action available for obtaining relief for a client who believes they have been misled or deceived.
  • Learning how to defend your clients against deception claims and what avenues are likely to be more successful.
  • Understanding client and lawyer liabilities.

Who should attend

Civil and commercial litigators and lawyers who advise on commercial transactions.


  • 8.30am - 9.00am - Registration
  • 9.00am - Sessions begin
  • 5.00pm - Sessions end


Please indicate your selection upon registration:
  • Hard Copy - Your book will be given to you when you register on the day* - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and you can collect the hard copy book when you register on the day*  - additional $30 charge

*Live web stream attendees - if you select hard copy or both - your book will be couriered to you.

Fee (incl GST)


Earlybird - by 20 May 2019
  • $695 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $755 - Non-members

Registration - after 20 May 2019

  • $745 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $805 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

Earlybird - by 20 May 2019
  • $675

Registration - after 20 May 2019
  • $725

Download PDF Brochure & registration form here.
Wellington 12 June
Auckland 13 June
Live web stream 12 June
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation and refund policy

Please note: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Registrations close 10 working days before the presentation date (the closing date). NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel any session that does not reach the budgeted minimum number of registrations. This decision will be made on the closing date and a full refund will be made to each registrant of the cancelled session. If you cancel your registration before the closing date, a refund will be made, less a $100 administration fee. After the closing date, there will be no refund. You may transfer your registration to another person until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.

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