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Property Law Conference: Change - it's inevitable!

Property Law Conference: Change - it's inevitable!
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From the Chair 

Personally, when I go to a conference I like to come away inspired. Sure, I like to hear about the latest legal issues, changes in the law, and what’s best practice. But I also love to hear from those who look at life a little differently. Whether they look to the future and wonder about what is coming, or whether they look to the past, to teach lessons learned from ancient wisdom. Or whether in amongst the busy-ness of life they are the ones who can take time to step back and watch how property lawyers operate; what we do and what we don’t do.

This year we have a bit of all of this.

We’ll learn about law changes. We’ll hear from experts on the Overseas Investment Act, on the new Land Transfer Act, and on taxation and landlords’ obligations. We’ll learn about construction contracts and due diligence enquiries and tax. But we’ll hear too about dealing with new things in the workplace – flexibility, disruptive technologies and blockchain for example.

And maybe we’ll be called upon to think about important legal ideas that we don’t usually consider – like the developing jurisprudence of the Māori land court – and to contemplate the lessons that are there to be learned.

It’s a brilliant line up and you can certainly expect some inspiring lessons.

This year a new initiative has been introduced by the NZLS Property Law Section. For the first time, the registration of members of the section will be subsidised meaning there’s a $100 discount on registration fees for paid up section members.

I’m looking forward to it. See you in June!

Chair: Debra Dorrington

Programme outline

Download the conference brochure for a full outline of each session.
Day 1
  • Economic Climate Change
  • Continuity & Change - the Land Transfer Act 2017
  • Overseas Investment Update
  • Bias - what your brain does when you're not looking
  • Construction Law for Property Lawyers - who don't do much construction law
  • Obligations on Residential Landlords are Changing - are you sufficiently equipped to advise your clients?
  • Legal Technology & the Future
  • What is the Blockchain/Smart Contracts & Why Lawyers Should be Afraid
Followed by drinks and canapes
Day 2
  • Keynote - How to Live to 100 & Stay Out of the Emergency Department
  • AML/CFT - what lawyers need to know
  • An Introduction to Māori Land, Taonga & the Māori Land Court
  • New Horizons - the development of Māori and Treaty Settlement Land including innovative affordable housing outcomes
  • Income Tax & Land Transactions - the niggly bits
  • Flexibility - a two-way street?
  • Export Quality... or rotten at the core?
  • Keynote - Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders? How ancient wisdom could have a key role in your success

Learning objectives

In this conference you will:

  • Gain a working knowledge of the issues that property lawyers often face.
  • Have the necessary skills to address issues and consider practical strategies for dealing with them.

Live Web Stream

This conference is available via live web stream, direct to your computer. Click here to find out more about web streaming.
Please note: Live Web Stream registrations close 3pm 15 June.


  • Hardcopy or PDF= no extra charge 
  • Both Hardcopy AND PDF = + $30
Hardcopy: A booklet of papers will be given to participants when they register on the morning of the Conference.  
PDF: Participants will be emailed a PDF copy of the book before the conference.


Day 1: 
  • 8.00am - Registration 
  • 8.30am - Sessions begin
  • 5.00pm - Sessions end
  • 5.00pm - 7.00pm - Drinks & canapes
Day 2: 
  • 8.30am - Sessions begin
  • 5.00pm - Sessions end

Fee (incl GST)

The NZLS Property Law Section is offering its members a $100 discount off the registration fee for this year’s Property Law Conference.

  • If you register using the brochure please be sure to tick both the appropriate registration fee box as well as the NZLS Property Law Section Members declaration box.
  • If you register online please indicate your membership status during the online registration process.


Earlybird - by 18 May 2018
  • $1,180 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $1,080 - Property Law Section (PLS) members
  • ​$1,280 - Non-members

Registration after 18 May 2018

  • $1,230 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $1,130 - Property Law Section (PLS) members
  • ​$1,330 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

Earlybird - by 18 May 2018
  • $1,160 
  • $1,060 - Property Law Section (PLS) members

Registration after 18 May 2018

  • $1,210 
  • $1,110 - Property Law Section (PLS) members

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
View full brochure and registration details here.

Auckland 18 - 19 June
Live Web Stream 18 - 19 June
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

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Cancellation and refund policy

Please note: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Registrations close 10 working days before the presentation date (the closing date). NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel any session that does not reach the budgeted minimum number of registrations. This decision will be made on the closing date and a full refund will be made to each registrant of the cancelled session. If you cancel your registration before the closing date, a refund will be made, less a $100 administration fee. After the closing date, there will be no refund. You may transfer your registration to another person until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.
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