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Update on Contract 2015 - Online CPD

NZ $121.00
Paul David QC 2015  

Paul David QC 


Package includes:

Online CPD Module  l  Booklet  l  PowerPoint Presentation

Package Fee (incl GST)

  • $91 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $121 - Non-members

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Online CPD Module

Presentation time: 60 minutes


Contract law is at the heart of commercial law and practice. A sound up-to-date knowledge of the area is essential for all lawyers.

This seminar will cover recent court decisions and legislative changes in a practical way. It will cover the following areas of contract law:

  • Formation
  • Interpretation
  • “Reasonable endeavours” clauses
  • Implied terms
  • Unfair contract terms
  • Estoppel
  • Assignment and novation
  • Frustration
  • Penalties
  • The assessment of damages.

In addition to reviewing recent New Zealand developments, the seminar will consider decisions from other common law jurisdictions such as Australia and the United Kingdom, which are likely to be relevant to contract law in New Zealand.

Learning objectives

After attending you will:
  • Acquire sound up-to-date knowledge of recent developments in contract law
  • Gain understanding of the practical consequences of those developments.

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Electronic Booklet

Author: Paul David QC
Published: 24 November 2015
Pages: 41
Electronic booklet can be downloaded from My CPD > My Online CPD after purchase.


This seminar covers developments in the law of contract since the previous seminar which was presented in October and November 2013. Some of the cases referred to in that seminar have been the subject of appeals which have produced decisions and interesting general observations in the higher courts. In some areas, notably the law relating to penalty clauses in contracts, decisions in the courts of various common law jurisdictions have brought an area of the common law to centre stage and show that the law is developing in a significant way. The aim of the seminar is to summarise the decisions noting the important points of principle and offer some comment which will, I hope, be of practical assistance to you in your work.

This review follows the structure of earlier seminars. The main areas covered in this seminar are:
  • Contract interpretation
  • Implied terms
  • The operation of principles of estoppel
  • Cancellation
  • Assignment and novation
  • The law of penalties
  • Frustration

While the seminar primarily focuses on recent decisions from the New Zealand courts, decisions from other commonwealth jurisdictions – in particular, Australia and the United Kingdom – are also considered because they are likely to have an influence on New Zealand law. I should also add that the material covered is a selection from the decided cases and is not intended to be an exhaustive survey of contract law decisions in the period.

PowerPoint Presentation

These are the slides included in the webinar presentation.
Number of Slides: 43

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