Tue 15 October | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | ADLS, Chancery Chambers, Auckland MAP


Heraclitus said it best “The only thing that is constant is change.” The career trajectory of successful legal practitioners increasingly requires them to be agile, in order to navigate the rapids and flourish.

Whether you’re a solicitor aiming to become a partner, contemplating going into sole practice, or becoming a barrister, this is your chance to look before you leap.

This seminar is an exploration into the different options and what steps you should consider before making a major change.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn how to effectively transition between different roles.
  • Gain insights on how to identify and develop your own unique brand and determine the right structure for you.
  • Learn more about setting up your own practice: logistics and compliance issues.
  • Gain insights into relevant trust account matters that you need to be aware of.

Who should attend?

All those in the legal field considering a career change.

In person registration only

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Clive Elliott QC

Clive is a barrister, patent attorney and arbitrator. He specialises in the IP, technology and media areas and has acted as counsel in many leading cases in the area. Clive is Immediate Past President of the New Zealand Bar Association.

He is a past Council Member of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Law Society and the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association (IBA). He is also a past co-chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee of the IBA and a past president of IPSANZ.

He was convenor of the Intellectual Property Committee of the New Zealand Law Society for a period of 10 years and remains on the committee.

He is a co-author of the Lexis Nexis loose-leaf texts: Copyright and Design; and Patents and Trade Marks, and is a frequent writer and commentator on IP and information technology issues.

Steph Dyhrberg

Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law

Steph has 27 years’ legal experience and is a partner in Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law, a specialist employment law practice in Wellington.

Steph is a Vice President of the Wellington Branch Council of the New Zealand Law Society and Convenor of the Wellington Women Lawyers' Association.  She is a Trustee of Mary Potter Hospice.

Steph is active in the pay equity movement and appeared in the Bartlett litigation. In December 2018, Steph was awarded Wellingtonian of the Year for her contribution to tackling sexual harassment in the workplace.

Mark Anderson

Mark was a New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) inspector for 21 years between 1993 and 2014, although his auditing career commenced with Government Audit in 1981.

As a senior inspector he was a presenter and examiner for the 'Stepping Up' Practice On Own Account and 'Trust Account Supervisor' courses conducted by the NZLS from the inception of those programmes. He was a pioneer in their design and development, responsible for writing and updating the trust accounting content for the original courses. When the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act commenced in 2008 he was responsible for rewriting the Lawyers Trust Accounting Guidelines which are used by the NZLS to assist lawyers in complying with their trust accounting obligations.

Mark is currently an independent consultant available to advise and assist law firms with all manner of regulated trust account and related matters including standards investigations.


Kate Ashcroft
Copeland Ashcroft Law