Company Directors: Risk of Civil Liability to Third Parties (On Demand)

Recorded Seminar 2 CPD Hrs
Your desk or on your portable device


Company directors are well aware of the risk of civil liability. For the most part, their focus is on liability to the company under the Companies Act 1993. But developments in common and statute law mean that the potential for company directors’ civil liability to third parties deserves consideration also. This On Demand seminar seeks to bring together disparate areas of law to help directors better understand when they are personally at risk of civil liability to third parties, with a focus on liability in tort and under the Fair Trading Act 1986.

Learning Outcomes

  • Become updated on and develop a better understanding of different areas of potential civil liability for company directors, particularly in tort and under the Fair Trading Act.
  • Gain insights into potential liability for directors and promoters in relation to investors.
  • Refine your understanding of the application of the ‘creditor protection’ duties in ss 135 and 136 of the Companies Act.
  • Learn about the risks for directors in relation to Phoenix companies.

Who should view?

Litigators, commercial lawyers, general practitioners and in-house counsel of all levels of experience. Company directors, finance company promoters, accountants, mediators and members of disciplinary tribunals may also benefit from attending.


Daniel Kalderimis
Partner, Chapman Tripp

Daniel Kalderimis is a litigation partner at Chapman Tripp and leads the firm's international arbitration practice.  As well as New Zealand, he is admitted in New York and England and Wales.  Daniel is recognised as a leading litigator in several international directories, with Legal 500 describing him as “excellent in landmark cases”.  He regularly appears as a barrister and solicitor in significant commercial litigation before New Zealand courts and arbitral tribunals, and has experience as an ICC arbitrator.  Daniel is an adjunct lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, where in 2013 he co-taught a course in civil procedure. 

Dr Chris Noonan
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland

Dr Chris Noonan is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Auckland. He writes and teaches in the areas of company, competition and international trade law. Prior to joining the Law School in 2015, he was the Head of the Department of Commercial Law in the Business School and between 2009-2011 the Chief Trade Adviser to the Pacific Islands in their trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. His publications include the book The Emerging Principles of International Competition Law (Oxford University Press, 2008).


The Honourable Justice Palmer