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Litigation Against Directors & Companies

Litigation Against Directors & Companies
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Based on a popular and well received Auckland In Short Seminar in March this year.

Directors and companies are increasingly at risk of civil claims and regulatory proceedings. This seminar explores some of the issues and challenges that arise.

Do you advise or act for companies, their directors and/or officers? The presenters will outline their perspectives on some of the practical and tactical issues that need to be considered in advising companies and/or their directors in investigations, internal disputes and litigation. The seminar will be conducted in an informal, discussion style to make full use of the experience and perspectives of those attending.

Topics covered will include:

  • The implications of the distinction between a company and its directors
  • When do company and directors’ interests diverge and what should be done?
  • Recognising who is the client and dealing with conflicts of interest within a company, from the perspectives of both external and In-house lawyers
  • What rights do directors have to company records and should they keep their own notes?
  • To whom does privilege belong?
  • For what liabilities may a company indemnify and what insurance issues may arise?
  • What are some current sources of liability and conflict?
  • Some issues arising from overlapping civil and criminal enforcement proceedings.

Learning objectives

After attending this seminar/webinar you will:

  • Be more alert to the consequences of the distinction between a company and its directors and understand their options for dealing with divergences of interests.
  • Identify issues in your own organisations or clients and have some tools for dealing with them.
  • Understand some of the different sources of liability that companies and directors may face.

Who should attend 

Civil litigators, In-house counsel, commercial lawyers and insurance specialists.

Materials / Technical Specs

A background booklet written by the presenter will be sent to participants before the seminar/webinar. For information on what is required to participate in the webinar, click here


  • Seminar: The presenters will share practical advice, providing opportunity for questions and discussion.
  • Webinar: A condensed 1.5 hour version of this seminar will be presented by live webinar.


  • Seminar: 4.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Webinar: 1.00pm - 2.30pm - registrations close 3pm 31 July


  • Andrew Horne - Partner, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, Auckland
  • Adam Ross QC - Barrister, Shortland Chambers, Auckland

Fee (incl GST)


  • $205 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $255 - Non-members


  • $149 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $179 - Non-members
  • 2+1 registrations and study groups click here for more info

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here

Download full brochure and registration details here.

Christchurch 31 July
Wellington 1 August
Webinar 1 August
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

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 the cost of the booklet and less an administration fee of $75. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

Live webinar - CPD 

Attendance at the live webinar
  • If you attended the live webinar, you will receive an electronic certificate of attendance as verification for your CPD records.
  • You can view and hear the presentation again, as many times as you wish in your own time for no additional cost.
Registration but non-attendance on the day
  • Under the CPD Scheme only those who attend a live webinar are eligible to claim CPD hours.
  • If you registered but were unable to attend on the day, you can view and hear the archived recording of the presentation.
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