Wed 03 August | 12:00PM - 1:00PM | At your desk or on your portable device


The way in which you start a file has implications for its course. In a file involving relationship property or a section 21 agreement, knowing what to cover at the initial interview and how to correspond with the other lawyer/party are key. This webinar will provide practical guidance on conducting such files at the vital early stages.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the steps to take when approached by a client involved in a separation and a client entering a section 21 agreement.
  • Gain practical insights into eliciting information from your client and how to approach  sensitive issues.
  • Receive a refresher about the applicable Rules (Conduct and Client Care, Family Courts) in this context.

Who should attend? 

Family and relationship property lawyers with up to 3 years’ PQE. (A second webinar on 24 August 2016 will address managing the middle stages of a ‘standard’ relationship property file.) 



Claudia Farry

Claudia specialises in complex relationship property cases, often involving trusts.   She was admitted to the bar in 1999 and has practiced as a barrister sole since that time.  She is now a member of O'Connell Street Barristers.  Claudia has also practiced extensively in the area of Human Rights law and draws on this experience in her current practice, particularly when interviewing clients which, in relationship property matters, is often an emotionally challenging experience for them. 

Zara Matheson

Zara specialises in medical law, trusts, estates and relationship property law, and has practised in these areas since 1996.  Zara has appeared in the Family Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.  Prior to going to the bar, Zara was a senior solicitor in Russell McVeagh's Auckland litigation department.   Zara has also taught the litigation component of the College of Law's professionals course. 


Antonia Fisher QC