The Unfair Contract Terms: Taking Standard Form Consumer Contracts to Task (On Demand)

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

The new provisions of the Fair Trading Act set out the law relating to unfair contract terms. They substantially change the rules that apply to standard form consumer contracts. It is vital for lawyers to be able to advise clients on the changes involved and to know what action the Commerce Commission, as enforcer, will take if the new provisions are breached.This On Demand webinar provides timely advice on, and practical examples of, both.

(There may be increased consumer awareness of these changes through this widely published article.)

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a clearer understanding of the scope and application of the new legislation.
  • Learn more about the role of the Commerce Commission and its intended approach to potential breaches.
  • Be better equipped to identify terms that may infringe the new law.
  • Develop tactical ways of avoiding or redrafting unfair contract terms. 

Who should view?

Commercial lawyers, transactional lawyers, litigators, in-house lawyers and general practitioners who need to be fully aware of the significant changes coming into force on 18 March 2015.



Brett Carter
Principal Counsel (Consumer), Competition Branch
Commerce Commission

Brett is Principal Counsel Competition at the New Zealand Commerce Commission. He leads the Commission’s consumer law legal team. Brett has been with the Commission for eight years. He has 13 years’ experience in commercial and criminal litigation. 

Troy Pilkington

Senior Associate
Russell McVeagh

Troy Pilkington is a Senior Associate at Russell McVeagh specialising in competition, consumer and regulatory law and litigation.

Troy has acted in a number of high profile cartel and consumer law investigations and prosecutions, is a regular contributor to the Global Competition Review and the American Bar Association’s Antitrust publications, is a board member of the Competition Law and Policy Institute of New Zealand and is listed by Chambers & Partners as one of the top competition/antitrust lawyers in New Zealand.