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PRA - keeping ahead of the pack 2022

PRA - keeping ahead of the pack 2022
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From the Chair

Tēnā koutou

46 years have passed since the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 was enacted and it is 20 years since its provisions were extended to those living together as couples (but not married). It was, at its inception, much lauded as a new sort of “social legislation” both reflective of contemporary society and responsive to its fluidity. The essential scheme for the division of relationship property is now well-embedded in New Zealand’s social DNA – equal division of property reflecting the equal contribution of parties to a relationship. Yet around the edges of that broad and simple proposition legal battles continue to rage and the whole area of relationship property litigation continues, it seems, to expand exponentially (at least for those with the money to pursue the arguments that they regard as important). The initial flurry around compensation for economic disparity (s 15) may have passed and, in theory at least, the Supreme Court has had the last word on just where s 182 Family Proceedings Act 1980 fits in.

Yet still there is dissatisfaction and dispute. It would seem that the social equity goals underlying the Act are not being met. Hence the latest Law Commission review. And society continues to evolve so that, for example, the Supreme Court is now being asked to grapple with the issue of whether or not the Act was designed to extend to polyamorous relationships (and not merely confined to coupledom). I doubt that polyamory even crossed the mind of the legislators when crafting, and then refining, the statute.

In addition, problems associated with civil litigation have now firmly attached themselves to litigation under the Act, undeterred by the statutory admonition in s 1N of the Act to the effect that disputes should be resolved as inexpensively, simply and speedily as is consistent with justice. The chronic systemic delays in the Family Court are a further compounding issue.

The purpose of this programme is to highlight some of the contemporary issues and to provide, from practitioners of some note, insights and assistance.

Ngā mihi

Chair: Simon Jefferson QC, Trinity Chambers, Auckland

Programme outline

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  • Section 182 Cases
  • Law Commission's Proposal to Replace s 15 with FISAs
  • Remember When Parliament Enacted s 26
  • Setting Aside Agreements - still too easy?
  • Relationship Property and Contract Law
  • Discovery, Interlocutory Applications and use of Without Notice Procedures
  • Two Perspectives on Regal Castings

Learning objectives

In this intensive you will be:

  • Updated on topical issues, legislation and case law.
  • Able to apply this knowledge in your practice.

Who should attend

Family and property practitioners at all levels of experience will benefit from attending. Commercial/trust lawyers of all levels who wish to upskill will also benefit from attending.


  • Chair: Simon Jefferson QC, Trinity Chambers, Auckland
  • John Billington QC, Shortland Chambers, Auckland
  • Jennie Hawker, Haigh Lyon, Auckland
  • Jo Hosking, Lakes Chambers, Rotorua
  • Stephanie Marsden, Canterbury Chambers, Christchurch
  • Stephen McCarthy QC, Barrister, Auckland
  • Jan McCartney QC, Barrister, Auckland
  • Johan Niemand, Niemand Peebles Hoult, Hamilton
  • Tim Rainey, FortyEight Shortland Barristers, Auckland


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 1 June 2022
  • $695 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $755 - Non-members

Registration - after 1 June 2022

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

Live Web Stream

Earlybird - by 1 June 2022
  • $675

Registration - after 1 June 2022
  • $725

Download PDF Brochure & registration form

Auckland 29 June
Live Web Stream 29 June
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

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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