Pitfalls Around Trustees’ Execution of Contracts: Cases and Practical Advice (On Demand)

Recorded Webinar 1 CPD Hr
At your desk or on your portable device

Many lawyers are involved in transactions entered into by trusts in their capacity as independent trustee (either alone or through a firm corporate trustee structure), or otherwise advise client trustees on agreements for sale and purchase of properties.  

Recent case law highlights that parties to transactions continue to seek to avoid agreements which have not been executed by all of the trustees who are either conveying or acquiring a property. In New Zealand an estimated one in four persons has a connection to a trust, making it essential that practitioners remain updated in this area. This is an excellent opportunity to receive practical guidance from recognised experts in the field.

Learning Outcomes

  • Become updated in recent case law developments in this area.
  • Gain insight from the litigator's and transactional lawyer’s perspectives on how to challenge and defend claims arising out of non-execution of agreements by all trustees of a trust.
  • Receive practical guidance on what to do if approached “after the fact” with a contract signed by some, but not all, trustees.

Who should view?

Property and commercial lawyers, property law litigators and general practitioners, particularly those who are involved in trusts as independent trustees.

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David Bigio
Barrister, Shortland Chambers

David was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts at Concordia University in Montreal where he graduated with distinction in 1983. He attended the Faculty of law at McGill University where he obtained an LLB and a BCL, graduating with Second Class Honours in 1988. David emigrated to New Zealand in 1989. He has worked in law since that time and began practice as a Barrister in May 2003 after 8 ½ years as partner in Ellis Gould. With over 20 years experience in law, David provides advisory and advocacy series to a diverse range of commercial, institutional and private clients. 

Tim Jones
Partner, Glaister Ennor

Tim heads the firm’s Land Development and Property team and as a partner at Glaister Ennor and for over 30 years has had extensive experience advising clients in residential and commercial property transactions. Tim was a member of the Government  working party / advisory  group  assisting the DBH on the redrafting of the Unit Titles Act 2010 and its regulation. This included providing papers on key aspects of the new approach for unit title land ownership in New Zealand under the new Act. 

Tim has acted for many developers and purchasers of Auckland property and apartments, including numerous overseas purchasers. He also acts for bodies corporate as his experience covers all aspects of unit title ownership and the operation of body corporate governance, rules and functions.