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The Crown – How it Works and Opportunities for the Bar (1 Hr CPD)

5:00pm Wednesday, 9 May 2018
6:30pm Wednesday, 9 May 2018
CPD Training
Pavillion Room, ANZ Centre
23 Albert St Auckland
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Working with the Crown can present unique challenges for lawyers. Taking instructions is not always a straightforward task when there may be competing policy interests and/or a political dimension. This seminar looks at some of the issues, and considers what advocates need to be aware of when seeking or accepting instructions from the Crown. It will cover:

  • the nature of core Crown work (as defined in the Cabinet Manual);
  • appropriations;
  • Crown values;
  • payment limitations/options;
  • model litigant approach;
  • desirable traits; 
  • expectations of instructed counsel.

The presenters

Alison Todd is a Crown Counsel at Crown Law’s Auckland office, specialising in international, constitutional and human rights law. She has worked at Crown Law since August 2014, having returned to New Zealand from the United Kingdom after nearly 10 years. Alison spent most of her time at the UK Ministry of Defence, practising mainly in international humanitarian law and also advising on command, discipline and constitutional law issues. Briar has worked for the New Zealand Crown for almost seven years, including 18 months as Private Secretary to the former Attorney-General, Hon Christopher Finlayson.  

Briar Charmley is Crown Counsel in one of Crown Law's public law teams, presently seconded to the New Zealand Defence Force. Her work for the Crown has spanned both criminal and civil litigation, with a particular recent focus on judicial review.  Briar has worked at  Crown Law's Auckland office since was formally opened in 2015, and is happy to have the opportunity to carry out work for the central government work from here.

Seminar Chair, Kate Davenport QC, is a civil and commercial litigator with more than 23 years experience at the independent bar.  She is also a qualified mediator. Kate practises primarily in civil and commercial litigation including cases involving contracts and torts, equity and trusts, insolvency and company law, land law, construction law, relationship property and health law. Kate has a special interest in professional regulation.  She is is deputy chair of Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal.  She was for nine years the Deputy Chair of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. Kate is a member of the prosecution panel for the New Zealand Law Society. She is President of the Film & Literature Board of Review. She is also the New Zealand Bar Association's President-Elect.

$90.00 *
$90.00 *
* Price includes GST where applicable

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Ticket Prices (including GST):

  • Members -  $75.00
  • Non-member -  $90.00.  
  • Junior barristers (0-3 years) -  $69.23.

Group Discounts: Please contact the NZBA for details of group pricing. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellation and Refund Policy: Because this is an in person event, the NZBA incurs venue and catering costs for all those who register. If a registrant is unable to attend the seminar, they can nominate a substitute to attend at no additional cost. If a substitute cannot be found, a refund less a service fee of $30.00 will apply to all cancellations (received in writing) before midday Wednesday 2 May 2018. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after that time. The NZBA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events if necessary.

Learning needs:

  • Understanding of framework of Government legal work
  • Awareness of nature of Crown work
  • Appreciation of the Crown's values
  • Ability to consider factors Crown will look for and how to meet the criteria

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