Election 2020: Two Ticks - Virtual Happy Hour (CPD 1 hr)

5:00pm Wednesday, 16 September 2020
6:00pm Wednesday, 16 September 2020
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For many of us outside Government circles, there is a whole new language to learn when it comes to elections. Some call this “Wellington Speak”.  For example, those of you who thought that BIMS refers to a test for determining dementia (Brief Interview for Mental Status), may be surprised to learn that in government circles, it means Briefings to Incoming Ministers.

Join us for this free Happy Hour Webinar,  when commercial barristers, Jane Meares (Clifton Chambers and Deputy Chairperson of the Electoral Commission) and Debra Angus (Lambton Chambers), will explain the effect of elections on government and parliamentary processes. They will explain how this will impact on work coming from the Government and what you should expect.

Chaired by Paul Radich QC, this session will consider:

  • The electoral process - how elections are organised and events that happen before and after an election.
  • Recent changes to electoral legislation.
  • Holding an election in times of COVID 19 and Electoral Commission planning.
  • The caretaker convention and period of restraint, neutrality of public servants, Cabinet office circulars and SSC guidance.
  • Formal processes; effects of dissolution and the role of the “revenant” Parliament. 
  • What happens to parliamentary business.
  • BIMs, coalition agreements and the opening of Parliament.
  • What all this means for work coming from the Government. 

Grab a drink (non-alcoholic or otherwise!) and join us for an insight into what elections mean for lawyers dealing with Government Work and how to talk like a Wellingtonian!

Speaker Profiles

Debra Angus

Debra Angus has over 20 years’ experience working at the heart of parliamentary democracies, specialising in public law and democratic governance. She is an expert adviser on public, constitutional, electoral and parliamentary law and procedure, public finance management and public sector oversight, governance and funding. She has a deep understanding of parliamentary and public sector processes and works as a trusted adviser to clients, officials and international organisations.

Debra has advised on the exercise of powers by public officials, the development of policy to legislation and the legislative process. She has conducted external reviews of agency process for developing legislation and the implementation of legislation under a statutory review requirement. She has drafted legislation, procedural rules and instruments, including Members’ bills, amendments to Government legislation and has prepared draft Bills for international projects.

A former Deputy Clerk of the House of Representatives, legal adviser to Parliament’s Privileges Committee, the Regulations Review Committee, Debra has also advised select committees on legislative scrutiny, inquiries and petitions.

Debra also works as an independent consultant with international organisations to build capability and strengthen developing democracies in effective governance, rule of law and public finance management projects

Jane Meares 

Jane is a leading legal adviser. She has an extensive range of advisory experience in both the public sector and the corporate world.  Jane complements her advisory practice with a number of significant public sector governance roles, bringing to these her experience gained from a highly successful career as a private and public sector legal adviser. She is:

•    Chair and Chief Commissioner of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission, a standing commission of inquiry and an independent Crown entity
•    Chair of Financial Services Complaints Limited, an approved financial disputes resolution provider under the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008
•    Deputy Chair of the Electoral Commission, an independent Crown entity
•    a member of LINZ’s Risk and Assurance Committee
•    a director of ECNZ Limited, a small SOE in wind-down.

Prior to establishing her advisory practice as a founding member of Clifton Chambers, Jane was the chief legal adviser at the New Zealand Treasury – the Treasury Solicitor – and before that was a corporate and commercial partner at the leading New Zealand law firm, Bell Gully.

Paul Radich QC (Chair)

Paul is an experienced Queen’s Counsel who has represented government departments, public sector organisations and corporate entities in Royal commissions of inquiry and in government inquiries. His broad commercial and public law experience includes appearing in judicial review and constitutional law proceedings and providing advice for a range of bodies including Government Departments, Crown entities, statutory corporations and tribunals, local authorities, Pacific Island Governments, primary sector organisations, iwi organisations, health providers, telecommunications companies, oil and gas companies and agricultural research companies.

Paul is the President-Elect of the New Zealand Bar Association, the Chairman of the Legal Aid Performance Review Committee and is a member of the governing board of the Institute of Judicial Studies.

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