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Topic Two: Advising on Cross Leases - Before and After Purchase

Cross leases present a multitude of problems for lawyers and their clients.  Despite their prevalence, “easy fixes” are often elusive. This session explores common issues associated with cross leases and gives practical guidance on how best to advise clients both prior to and after purchase.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a better understanding of due diligence processes relating to cross leases
  • Learn more about defective titles and how to correct them
  • Understand the issues involved when seeking a neighbour’s permission for alterations and how best to obtain it
  • Gain an understanding of maintenance issues in mix-age developments

Topic Five: Conveyancing Practice - Making the Conveyancer's Lot a Happier One

Letters of engagement, undertakings and conflicts of interest can present traps for property lawyers. This session will address practices which commonly come under scrutiny when a complaint is investigated by the Standards Committee and provide solutions and pragmatic advice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increase your understanding of the risks arising when little attention is directed to drafting letters of engagement and the giving of undertakings
  • Receive guidance on how best to scope the contract of retainer with clients
  • Deepen your understanding of how to deal with multiple clients and conflicts of interest
  • Gain insights into the Standards Committee’s approach when reviewing complaints

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Joanne Chilvers
Senior Associate
Hesketh Henry 

Joanne’s experience spans over 10 years in propertyrelated law. She has worked for a large international law firm in London on a range of major property related transactions and her clients presently include property investors, developers, national retailers and charities.

Paul Collins 
Shortland Chambers

Paul has prosecuted numerous cases in the DisciplinaryTribunal and has also appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal in cases relating to professional discipline and other aspects of regulation of the legal profession. He is a convenor of the National Standards Committee and has been extensively involved in Standards Committee training since the outset of the Lawyers & Conveyancers Act. Paul is the author of the Practice Note concerning the functions and operations of lawyers’ Standards Committees and was the consulting editor for The Laws of New Zealand: Lawyers and Conveyancers.

Tim Jones 
Glaister Ennor

Tim heads Glaister Ennor’s Land Development and Property team and is President of the NZLS Auckland Branch. He has over thirty years’ experience advising clients, including those from overseas, in residential and commercial property transactions and developments. He acts for bodies corporate covering all aspects of unit title ownership, body corporate governance, rules and function.  Tim is frequently asked to give expert opinions and briefs on matters of a conveyancing nature.