Civil Litigation Series: The Middle Stages — Proceedings to Trial (On Demand)

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


Navigating litigation can be a minefield and your charted course may not prove smooth sailing.

Following the filing of pleadings, there are many issues, options and consequences – and whether to take certain steps requires an assessment of the big picture including risk, delay, cost and ultimate benefit to your client.

To that end, litigators should also be mindful of achieving the aim of legal and commercial efficiency. Against the context of some common case scenarios, this On Demand seminar explores a range of potential steps and pitfalls along the way to a hearing and offers insights and advice.


  • Reinforce your understanding of the range of effective procedural steps which might be available in a proceeding.
  • Evaluate the implications, both positive and negative, of elections made during the course of litigation.
  • Enhance your knowledge of how to manage and respond to interlocutory steps.
  • Develop your skills at assessing the nature of the evidence required to prove your case or defence.
  • Improve your efficiency through making better use of the tools available to help you along the way to settlement or trial, including how to establish an effective working relationship with opposing counsel and a framework for resolving the case or critical issues.

Who should view?

Civil and commercial litigators at junior to intermediate level and those more senior seeking a refresher. General practitioners who do some litigation work will also benefit from attending. 



Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


The Honourable Rhys Harrison QC

Rhys practised as a barrister in Auckland specialising in civil and commercial litigation and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1994. He appeared as counsel on many occasions in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council in London. He represented parties in two major commissions of inquiry and in a number of arbitrations. He also acted as legal counsel for medical and dental disciplinary tribunals and prosecuted cases for the Serious Fraud Office.

Rhys was appointed to the Court of Appeal in June 2010 after serving as a judge of the High Court in Auckland from November 2001. In that capacity he exercised a general jurisdiction, and was a Commercial List Judge for four years. He also conducted over 30 judicial settlement conferences, an ADR process available within the High Court.

Rhys retired as a judge of the Court of Appeal in February 2018. He has returned to professional practice and is available for arbitration, mediation and general advisory work.

Davey Salmon

Davey’s practice focuses on trial and appellate advocacy, as lead counsel. He appears in all levels of the New Zealand Courts and in domestic and international arbitrations.

Davey is recommended in dispute resolution in Chambers and the Asia Pacific Legal 500.