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Update on Contract 2022

Update on Contract 2022
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15 March – Please note that the Wellington seminar in person session and the Webinar have been rescheduled to Tuesday 29 March. Existing registrants, please check your emails.

Registrations remain open, if you have not yet registered we welcome you to register below. 

In accordance with the COVID-19 protection framework we require everyone attending our in-person events to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Find out more

If you are registering on behalf of others, you will need to acknowledge our in-person attendance policy on their behalf – please ensure you have the correct information as the cancellation and refund policy for the particular course will be strictly adhered to.

A review of significant developments since the 2020 NZLS CLE Update on Contract seminar.

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 address recent developments in contract law in a practical manner, including:

  • The principles of interpretation and their application
  • Implied terms
  • Contractual discretions, obligations of good faith
  • Exception clauses
  • Misrepresentation, FTA, disclaimer clauses
  • Economic duress
  • Frustration, force majeure
  • Penalties, interpreting liquidated damages clauses
  • Recovery and assessment of damages.

In addition to reviewing recent New Zealand developments, the seminar will consider decisions from other common law jurisdictions which are likely to be relevant to New Zealand contract law.

Learning objectives

After attending you will have:

  • Up-to-date knowledge of recent developments in contract law.
  • An understanding of the practical consequences of those developments.

Who should attend

All general practitioners, property and commercial lawyers, and litigators. 

Book / Technical Specs

A background book written by the presenter 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 presenter 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.


  • 2.00pm - 5.00pm Seminar 
  • 11.00am - 12.30pm Webinar
  • Webinar registration closes - 3pm 28 March 2022

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

Download PDF registration form

Note: The Wellington & Webinar dates differ from those originally advertised

Auckland 23 March
Wellington 29 March
Webinar 29 March
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.


Paul David QC 83X96 Paul David QC
Eldon Chambers, Auckland

Paul is an experienced leading counsel. While his work now generally centres on commercial disputes, Paul maintains a broad practice. He has a career-long specialist practice in maritime and trade law where the interpretation of contracts and the speedy application of the principles of contract law are central to the work. For more information see www.pauldavid.co.nz 


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 register for an in-person event and do not produce a current My Vaccine Pass, you will be denied entry, and 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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