The Land Transfer Act 2017: What’s New for Property Lawyers? (On Demand)

Recorded Seminar 2 CPD Hrs
Your desk or portable device


A long time coming, the Land Transfer Act 2017 will be very much a reality for property law practitioners later this year. It represents a major change in the law and there is much that will be new and unfamiliar. This On Demand seminar provides guidance on the Land Transfer Act 2017, what to expect from the changes and discusses some of the challenges it presents for property lawyers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand better how indefeasibility of title will be dealt with in the Act, the rights to cancel in cases of manifest injustice and how the courts are likely to interpret this.
  • Understand the new terminology to be used.
  • Gain a land registry perspective on the reforms, including, certification of instruments, guaranteed search procedure, powers of correction  and transitional arrangements.
  • Learn more about the use of covenants in gross under the Act and how this may (or may not) affect encumbrances.
  • Receive guidance on how property lawyers can best advise and protect their clients when the Act comes into effect. 

Who should view?

All lawyers and legal executives practising in the area of property law.

Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


Robbie Muir
Registrar-General of Land

Robbie has worked in land title registration for many years. He has held the position of Registrar-General of Land since 2000, heading one of the regulatory units within Land Information New Zealand.

Robbie was centrally involved in the development of Landonline and the Land Transfer Act reforms to enable computerised registration.

His office has since worked with the Law Commission on the legislative review which led to the enactment of the Land Transfer Act 2017.

He has presented at numerous seminars and conferences on conveyancing matters over the years. 

  Elizabeth Toomey
Professor of Law
Canterbury University

Elizabeth specialises in the areas of real property law, resource management law, public works and sports law.

She publishes widely in her areas of expertise both in New Zealand and internationally. She is the General Editor and a co-author of New Zealand Land Law (3 ed, Thomson Reuters, 2017). 

Elizabeth has presented papers at numerous conferences, and is a regular contributor to Butterworths Conveyancing Bulletin.

She has advised the New Zealand Law Commission on real property issues and undertakes consultancy work for the legal profession. She plays an active role in the wider University of Canterbury environment.

Thomas Gibbons
McCaw Lewis

Thomas Gibbons is a director of McCaw Lewis Limited.  He focuses on property law, including unit title issues, subdivisions, land development, and infrastructure issues. 

He regularly provides advice to other lawyers, and has given expert evidence on land development matters in the High Court. 

Thomas is the author of Unit Titles Law & Practice, co-author of the Land Law and Easements, Covenants and Profits titles for the Laws of New Zealand, and has presented at conferences locally and internationally. 

He also sits on the Property Transactions Committee for NZLS, the national council of the Property Council New Zealand, and on the board of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors.

Joanna Pidgeon
Pidgeon Law

Joanna, Principal of Pidgeon Law, advises a vast range of clients, including property investors, developers, project managers, financiers, construction companies, landlords and tenants, real estate agencies and bodies corporate, on property and commercial law.

She is an expert in the Unit Titles Act 2010 and issues relating to rules, administration and management of bodies corporate, and is President of ADLS. 

She is a trustee of the Auckland City Mission.


Ian Jespersen
Senior Associate
Burton Partners