Commercial Leases and Disasters – How Robust is your Lease? (in person)

Seminar 2 CPD Hrs
Thu 13 February | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | ADLS, Chancery Chambers, Auckland MAP


Disasters - natural, technological and human-made - have plagued New Zealand in recent years. We have seen their destructive effects and the significant damage wrought on buildings in our cities. Damage to buildings and infrastructure, the erection of cordons and complex insurance issues all have serious implications for commercial landlords and tenants.

Therefore, it is important to consider how your client’s lease will perform in a disaster. Using lessons learned from the Canterbury earthquakes, we will look at how to ensure commercial leases provide the appropriate legal response to any disaster that may strike.

Content covered will include key issues and how to deal with them. 

Learning outcomes

  • Gain insights into where you might want to vary or add clauses to the commonly-used standard form deed of lease.
  • Boost your awareness of issues that arise in disasters such as inaccessibility of buildings, problems with information sharing, and access to justice.
  • Improve your understanding of the nature and scope of what is meant by the terms “untenantable” and “insurable interests”.
  • Receive guidance on drafting leases to prepare for, and assist parties in a disaster
  • Increase your knowledge about disaster-related lease issues by hearing about claims experiences and lessons learned in recent years.

Who should attend?

All civil and commercial litigators, insurance lawyers, and general practitioners involved with commercial leases. Leasing agents and insurance brokers would also benefit from attending.

in person registration only

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Emily Walton
Wynn Williams

Dr Toni Collins
Lecturer, School of Law
University of Canterbury

Michael O’Flaherty
Mortlock McCormack Law

Bryan Tedford
National Manager for Business Continuity, Asset Protection


Emily Walton
Wynn Williams