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The Future of Family Law - Keynote Lady Hale

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From the Chair 

Family Law is dynamic. It changes quickly to keep pace with the values in the particular society it is operating in. We still have a long way to go to ensure our Family Law System implements and reflects the values of our indigenous culture and is truly law for Aotearoa and all our citizens. We have had the 2014 reforms which have caused major changes and challenges to how our Family Law System works. The Law Commission is currently looking at reform of Relationship Property. The public face of family law is changing rapidly with the introduction of the Oranga Tamariki legislative reforms. We still have much to do to put systems in place which prevent and protect families from suffering violence in their homes. Mental Health services are being reviewed and with an aging population issues of competence and independence come into focus. On top of all this technology advances at high speed and challenges the way we do things.

This unique one-day conference with our very special guest Lady Hale, President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court gives us the opportunity to think about what the future of family law in Aotearoa could and should be. We also have the person at the sharp end of reform, the Minister of Justice, Hon Andrew Little. All the speakers will focus on the future of family law as they see it. This is your opportunity to be part of what I hope will be revolutionary thinking and debate about what we can do much better. There are still many whose important voices say the system is not working for them and is doing more harm than good. Please seize this moment.

Professor Mark Henaghan – Chair

Programme outline

  • A UK & Global Perspective
    - Lady Hale - President of The Supreme Court of the UK, London
  • A Political Perspective
    - Hon Andrew Little - Minister of Justice, Wellington
  • A Māori Perspective
    - Professor Jacinta Ruru - University of Otago, Dunedin
  • Judicial Perspectives
    - Her Hon Judge Mary O’Dwyer - District Court, Wellington
    - His Hon Judge Haamiora Raumati - District Court, Gisborne
  • The Practitioners' Perspective - Property
    - Lady Deborah Chambers QC - Bankside Chambers, Auckland
    - Stephen van Bohemen - Atticus Chambers, Christchurch
  • The Practitioners' Perspective - Children
    - Anita Chan QC - Princes Chambers, Dunedin
    - Lope Ginnen - Halcyon Chambers, Auckland
  • The Academics' Perspective
    - Professor Bill Atkin - Victoria University, Wellington
    - Nikki Chamberlain - University of Auckland, Auckland
    - Associate Professor Nicola Taylor - University of Otago, Dunedin

Keynote Speaker

Lady Brenda Hale - President of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE

Brenda Marjorie Hale, Lady Hale of Richmond took up appointment as President of The Supreme Court in September 2017, succeeding Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. This following her appointment as Deputy President from June 2013. In October 2009 she became the first woman Justice of The Supreme Court.

In January 2004, Lady Hale became the UK’s first woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary after a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer, and judge.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, also qualifying as a barrister and practising for a while at the Manchester Bar. She specialised in Family and Social Welfare law, was founding editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and authored a pioneering case book on The Family, Law and Society.

In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, a statutory body which promotes the reform of the law. Important legislation resulting from the work of her team at the Commission includes the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also began sitting as an assistant recorder.

In 1994 she became a High Court judge, the first to have made her career as an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister. In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first woman Law Lord.

She retains her links with the academic world as Visitor of Girton College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor of Kings College London. She previously served as Chancellor of the University of Bristol. A home maker as well as a judge, she thoroughly enjoyed helping the artists and architects create a new home for The Supreme Court.

Learning objectives

By attending this conference you will better understand the challenges that will impact on the practice of family law in the future.

Who should attend

All practitioners interested in family law. Other professionals who work with families may also be interested.

Live Web Stream

This intensive 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 19 September.


Please indicate your selection upon registration:
  • Hard Copy - Your book will be given to you when you register on the day (live web stream will be couriered) - 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 you can collect the hard copy book when you register on the day (live web stream will be couriered)  - additional $30 charge


  • 8.45am - Sessions begin
  • 4.50pm - Sessions end followed by drinks and canapes

Fee (incl GST)


Earlybird - by 23 August 2018
  • $645 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • ​$705 - Non-members

Registration after 23 August 2018

  • $695 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $755 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

Live Web Stream group pricing available email us for details.
Earlybird - by 23 August 2018
  • $625

Registration after 23 August 2018

  • $675

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Auckland 20 September
Live Web Stream 20 September
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