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Torts Update 2022

Torts Update 2022
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The law of torts continues to evolve at a fast pace, and it is important that you are as up to date as possible. This seminar will have a practical focus and will appeal to all civil litigators and general practitioners with an interest in torts.

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

  • Recent ACC cases that are pushing the boundaries between illness and accident
  • Privacy and defamation
  • Tort and climate change
  • Developments in negligence
  • Nuisance
  • The economic torts.

In addition to reviewing recent New Zealand developments the presenters will consider decisions from other common law jurisdictions such as Australia and the United Kingdom, which will influence the way that New Zealand courts will decide cases.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar/webinar you will:

  • Acquire sound up-to-date knowledge of recent developments in the law of torts.
  • Gain understanding of the practical consequences of those developments.

Who should attend

All civil litigators and general practitioners with an interest in torts.

Book / Technical Specs

A background book written by the presenters is available in hard copy, PDF, or both. Please indicate your choice upon registration. 

  • Hard Copy - Your book will be posted to you - 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 posted the hard copy book  - additional $30 charge
For information on what is required to participate in the live web stream, click here.


  • Seminar: The presenters will share practical advice, providing opportunity for questions and discussion.
  • Webinar: A condensed 2 hour version of this seminar will be presented by live webinar.


  • Seminar 1.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Webinar 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Webinar registration closes – 3.00pm, Wednesday 8 June

Fee (Incl GST)


  • $255 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $305 - Non-members


Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the multiple registration button below or Click here

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Christchurch 8 June
Webinar  9 June
Wellington  9 June
Auckland  10 June
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.


BARKER QC Andrew 2022 Andrew Barker QC
Shortland Chambers, Auckland

Andrew is an experienced trial and appellate advocate. He has a broad practice encompassing most areas of commercial dispute. He is a frequent commentator on developing issues in tort law, and has been counsel in a number of leading cases.

MCLAY Professor Geoff 2022 Professor Geoff McLay
Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington

Geoff has taught and written about the law of torts throughout his 25-plus years at Victoria University. He has also taught torts in both Canada and the United States. Geoff served as Law Commissioner from 2010 – 2015, and was the chair of the Legislation Design Advisory Committee’s external subcommittee. He is currently the editor of the New Zealand Law Reports.


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.

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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