Thu 02 April | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | Your desk or on your portable device


What does a successful legal career look like to you?  How do you know if you’re on the right pathway?  Is it time to change direction? Is joining a partnership, setting up your own practice, or moving to the independent bar the right fit for you? What are the benefits, pitfalls, and realities of changing direction? How do you determine what is the best “brand” for you? What due diligence should you do and what matters should you consider before making the leap?

These are just some of the questions that will be addressed in this session.

Our panel will share their invaluable experiences and wisdom to provide guidance in finding the answers to these important questions so that you may devise your roadmap to success.

Please note, because of the nature of this event, papers will not necessarily be provided. 

Learning outcomes

  • Learn how to effectively transition between different roles in the legal profession.
  • Gain insight 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, regulatory and compliance issues.
  • Gain insight into relevant trust account matters that you need to be aware of.

Who should attend?

All those in the legal field considering the next step in their career.

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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.

Astrid Sandberg
Senior Workplace Relations Manager Air New Zealand

Astrid is a Senior Workplace Relations Manager at Air New Zealand, specialising in employment law. Astrid has worked both in-house and in private practice in the UK and Germany, and prior to that at Russell McVeagh in Auckland. Astrid has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland and a Masters in Law from the University of Cambridge.


Kate Ashcroft
Copeland Ashcroft Law