Continuing Professional Development

The ADLS CPD Committee is responsible for monitoring the ADLS CPD programme, its performance and generating future CPD topics of interest. For each topic devised, a sub-committee is formed to further formulate the topic with selected speakers. Given the breadth of CPD, the committee comprises of practitioners from various legal practice areas and members of the judiciary.

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee promotes "best practice" amongst members of the legal profession by delivering cost-effective, quality CPD events that are of relevance and immediate benefit to practitioners. As well as focusing on content, the committee also considers various appropriate methods of delivery such as seminars, webinars, workshops, forums, webcasts and the like to ensure that CPD is delivered in an interesting and accessible way.

Martelli McKegg

Geoff Hardy (Convenor)

Geoff Hardy has served on the Committee continuously since 2001, and became the Convenor in 2012. He is a commercial lawyer of 37 years’ experience and has previously been a Vice President of ADLS Inc. and a director of the NZLS.

Phone 09 970 9569 - Email
Barrister, Bastion Chambers

Brian Carter

Brian is a barrister practising in the Family Law arena mainly relationship property, trust, estate and COCA litigation. He is a former partner at McVeagh Fleming, teacher of Family Property at Auckland University (three years) and regular presenter and chairman at seminars and conferences.

Phone 09 369 5938 - Email
The Warehouse Group

Joanne Ward

Joanne’s experience spans over 10 years in property-related law and includes time at a large commercial firm in Auckland. She spent 3 years in London working for a large international law firm on a range of major property related transactions.

Phone 020 411 67171 - Email
Chapman Tripp

Thomas Cleary

Phone 09 357 9000 - Email
Queens Counsel

Paul David QC

Phone 09 379 5589 - Email
Simpson Grierson

Caroline Ferguson

Phone 09 977 5336 - Email
Barrister, Erskine Chambers

Michael Fisher

Phone 09 309 9116 - Email

Guyon Foley

Phone 09 307 1300 - Email
Barrister, Shortland Chambers

Kevin Glover

Phone 09 307 9814 - Email

Kirstin Howard


Benjamin Jacobs

Phone 09 353 9700 - Email

Dennis Jenkin

Dennis Jenkin has 36 years of legal experience, 24 years as a Barrister Sole at Shortland Chambers, Auckland. He has a broad experience in all types of Civil litigation including many appearances in the different courts. He has given advice in connection with Arbitrations and Judicial Settlement Conferences.

Phone 09 216 8531 - Email
Burton & Co

Ian Jespersen

Ian has been in legal practise for more than 25 years where the majority of this time was spent at a leading Auckland commercial law firm. There he worked on numerous major and innovative development projects. Ian then spent time travelling and working as a paralegal in London. On his return in 2010 he commenced work in the legal profession again.

Phone 09 913 1772 - Email
Andrew Lewis Law

Andrew Lewis

Andrew has 15 years' of partner level experience at leading New Zealand and international firms (12 years as a corporate partner at Simpson Grierson in Auckland and three years as a corporate partner at Norton Rose Group in Dubai). He is a commercial lawyer whose specialisations include M&A, investment transactions, fund establishment and joint ventures.

Phone 021 868 642 - Email
Sellar Bone & Partners

Colin Lucas

Phone 09 631 0541 - Email
Suncorp Group Services NZ Ltd

Arna Neems

Phone 09 363 2222 - Email
The Franchise Lawyer

Sarah Pilcher

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, dealing with all aspects of owning and operating businesses for clients, with a particular focus on franchise work. She has also worked as a HR Manager and a franchise consultant, and co-owned a commercial property services business. Sarah is mindful of balancing legal and practical advice.

Phone 027 564 9942 - Email
Maxine Pitch Lawyer

Maxine Pitch

Maxine has more than 18 years experience in both the civil and criminal jurisdictions and regularly appears in both the District and High Courts. She is a current faculty member for the Litigation Skills programme and has presented a number of seminars for the ADLS programme.

Phone 09 357 9500 - Email
Faculty of Law, AUT

Paul Sumpter

Phone 027 295 5077 - Email

Rosemary Wallis

Phone 021 457 644 - Email