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Commercial Leases - COVID-19 disputes

Commercial Leases - COVID-19 disputes
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Coronavirus and COVID-19 and the resulting national “lockdown” has resulted in significant distress for a very large number of businesses including both landlords and tenants. The New Zealand Government has, in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, issued notices under the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006, the Heath Act 1956 and the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. What are the rights and obligations of landlord and tenant in this period? How do those notices, and the various directives under them, affect them?

This seminar will include:

  • What the state of emergency and lockdown rules mean for commercial leases
  • Is rent payable during "lockdown"?
  • "No access" provisions and related clauses, and how they work
  • Frustration and force majeure
  • Default and Property Law Act notices.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • Greater knowledge on the operation of commercial leases during a national emergency such as COVID-19.
  • Practical advice on how to apply this knowledge to help you provide robust advice to your clients.

Who should attend

Civil litigators, company/commercial lawyers, in-house lawyers and general practitioners.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the Powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 10.30am - 12.00pm
  • Registrations close 5pm 14 April

Fee (incl GST)

Live Web Stream

  • $149 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $179 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
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Bob Hollyman QC - Website pic Bob Hollyman QC
Barrister, Shortland Chambers,Auckland

Bob practises as a barrister, primarily in commercial litigation. He was admitted in 1995, and has been a member of Shortland Chambers since 2006. Bob has represented and advised parties involved in all sorts of lease and property disputes.

Antony Holmes - Website pic Antony Holmes
Barrister, Richmond Chambers, Auckland

Antony has been a commercial litigator since 2002, and has acted in a wide range of commercial disputes and contentious regulatory matters. After working as a solicitor at firms in Auckland and London, he returned to New Zealand in 2012 to join the bar. He has acted for both landlords and tenants, as well as parties involved in other commercial and property disputes.

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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Wellington 6011

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Wellington 6140
New Zealand