Documents & Precedents
The ADLS Documents and Precedents Committee is a cornerstone of the organisation, with an unparalleled record of producing hundreds of high quality standard forms and precedents, including the prestigious Agreement for Sale and Purchase of Real Estate. Its continued success lies in attracting specialist lawyers from a range of disciplines who have a passion for the role of the forms, the provision of high quality and accurate drafting and who like finding practical and elegant solutions for lawyers in light of constant developments in legislation and practice.
The Documents and Precedents Committee originated more than a decade ago in response to the profession’s need for reliable and universally accepted forms.
Previously known as the Forms Committee, it has been responsible for producing such key forms as the Agreement for Sale and Purchase of Real Estate and the Commercial Deed of Lease.
More recently it was agreed that the title “Documents and Precedents Committee” more accurately describes the principal functions of the Committee which are:
a) to ensure that documents currently published by the Society are constantly revised to take account of legislative changes and the impact of case law.
b) to expand the range of documents and precedents currently offered by the Society.
To achieve these objectives, the primary role of the Committee is to identify current documents requiring revision and new documents which may benefit the profession.
The Committee identifies practitioners with the appropriate level of experience to prepare initial drafts of documents and precedents required in some instances the initial draft is also passed by an official peer reviewer. The Committee plays a supervisory role rather than becoming embroiled in drafting itself.
The Society is vigilant in protecting the integrity of its forms and the Committee from time to time addresses breaches of copyright.
The Committee is always keen to hear from practitioners with proposals for other forms required in the market. Practitioners may contact the Secretary, Melissa Finney by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Professional Services Manager, Auckland District Law Society Incorporated, PO Box 58, Auckland (DX CP24001) with comments and suggestions.