Point Made: Writing Compelling Submissions (1.5 CPD points)

5:00pm Tuesday, 8 June 2021
6:30pm Tuesday, 8 June 2021
At your desk
Your office or home Auckland
Auckland, unknown 1010
New Zealand

This event is still available for booking but has closed on the website.  Please email nzbar@nzbar.org.nz if you would like to register.

Presented by Hon. Justice David Goddard, Clive Elliott QC, and James Rapley QC this webinar looks at the topic of how to write compelling submissions that tell a story, even in the driest of cases. It is very loosely based on the work done by Ross Guberman in his seminal text, where he analyses the writings of top US advocates and concludes that drafting is "more science than art." It will provide a different approach to writing submissions and will incorporate practical tips for advocates in both civil and criminal fields.

The webinar is free for members. Non-member pricing is $95. Please contact Lisa Mills for group pricing details.

Our presenters are:


The Honourable Justice Goddard, Court of Appeal | Te Kōti Pira

Justice Goddard graduated with a BA (Hons) in mathematics from Victoria University of Wellington in 1983, subsequently gaining a BA (Hons) in law in 1986 from Oxford University in England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. 

Having lectured in law at Bristol University, Justice Goddard returned to New Zealand in 1988 to practise as a lawyer at Chapman Tripp.  He was a litigation partner at that firm from 1991 to 1998, before beginning practice as a barrister sole in 1999.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003. 

Justice Goddard was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal from May 2011 to May 2019, and Acting President of the Tribunal from February 2018 to May 2019.  He has had extensive involvement in law reform in New Zealand and overseas, advising ministers and government agencies and representing New Zealand in bilateral and multilateral negotiations.  He was the Chair of the Diplomatic Session of the Hague Conference on Private International Law that adopted the Hague Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters in July 2019.  He was a Vice-President of the Diplomatic Session that adopted the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements in 2003, and a member of the drafting committee for that Treaty. 

Justice Goddard has more recently been undertaking research at New York University as a Senior Global Fellow from Practice and Government in the Hauser Global Law School.  He was appointed a Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal in July 2019.



Clive Elliott QC, Shortland Chambers

Clive is a barrister, patent attorney and arbitrator.  Before going to the Bar, he was a partner and headed the litigation team at Baldwin Shelston Waters. He is named in the International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers, the International Who's Who of Internet & E-Commerce Lawyers and the World Trademark Review's World's Leading Trademark Professionals.

‍Clive is a Past President of the New Zealand Bar Association. He is a past Council Member of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Law Society and the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association (IBA).  He is also a past co-chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee of the IBA and a past president of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ). ‍He was convenor of the Intellectual Property Committee of the New Zealand Law Society for a period of 10 years and remains a member of the Intellectual Property Committee.

Clive has in the past been a part time lecturer in the post-graduate Masters course at both the Department of Law and the Department of Commercial Law at Auckland University and has taught the course "Selected Aspects of IP". ‍Clive is also a co-author of the Lexis Nexis loose-leaf texts: Copyright and Design; and Patents and Trade Marks. He is a frequent writer and commentator on IP and information technology issues and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Intellectual Property Forum.



James Rapley QC, Bridgeside Chambers

In May 2004, James commenced practice as a Barrister, having worked for 10 years as a senior prosecutor for the Serious Fraud Office and Crown Solicitor’s Office.  James was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2018.

James specialises in criminal defence litigation and has appeared as counsel in the District and High Courts on numerous high profile trials involving serious fraud, drug, murder, sexual crimes, and other crimes of violence.  He is also highly experienced in regulatory prosecutions (Animal Welfare, Health & Safety & Tax) brought by entities such as the Ministry for Primary Industries, IRD, and the Department of Internal Affairs.

To date James has conducted over 145 criminal jury trials. He has appeared in over 35 Court of Appeal hearings as appellate counsel and has been appointed by the District and High Courts as amicus curiae, most notably in 2016 for the WINZ double homicide trial of one of New Zealand's most notorious killers (R v Tully).  James has also been appointed by the Supreme Court to assist the court and carry out independent enquiries on its behalf (Rolleston v R [2020] NZSC 113).  During 2011 - 2012 James was counsel in the Royal Commission hearings on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy and the Canterbury Earthquakes.

James is well known for his work in advocacy and litigation skills. He co-authored, with Judge Tony Willy, the extremely well received text Advocacy (Thomson Reuters, 2013). He has been the Deputy Chair of the NZBA Advocacy Training Committee since 2017 and is the Criminal Stream Director for NZBA Mastering Advocacy Programme. In 2017 and 2020, James was appointed to teach at the Australian Bar Association Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive in Sydney and Melbourne. He has been a faculty member of the NZLS Litigation Skills course since 2006 and was its Deputy Director in 2019. James also teaches Trial Advocacy at both the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and the University of South Pacific in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

In 2012 James became a member of the Legal Services Advisory Board.  The Board provides high level strategic advice to the Secretary for Justice when considering the provision of legal aid and community legal services.  He established the mentoring committee to assist young practitioners in Christchurch. James has been active in promoting restorative justice and for five years as a Trustee on the Board of Restorative Justice Services Ōtautahi  (2014 - 2019).


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This webinar is 1.5 hours long.

Live stream or CPD compliant recording:

This webinar is available as a live stream. If you have registered but are unable to attend on the day you will be sent the on-demand link approximately one week after the live event.


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All non members will be charged $95 (GST inclusive).

Group Bookings: please contact Lisa Mills.

Cancellation-Refund Policy

If a participant is unable to attend the seminar, a substitute participant is welcome to attend at no additional cost. If you cannot find a substitute or attend the live webinar yourself,  a recording together with CPD material can be made available to you shortly afterwards. A refund less a service fee of $25.00 will apply to all cancellations (received in writing) before midday Tuesday 1 June 2021. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after that time. The NZBA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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