NZ Liability Conference 2020 - new date

Due to the unforeseeable impact of the ongoing COVID-19 virus, ANZIIF has made the decision to postpone the NZ Liability Conference.

New date: TBC - October 2020

If you have already registered for this event, please note that your registration will be carried over to the new date. Please contact Customer Service via email if you have any questions or concerns.

Learn more about ANZIIF's response to COVID-19

The Liability Conference provides an invaluable professional development opportunity for attendees and features leading industry experts who will explore the latest trends, findings and developments in liability insurance, and provide insights into what the future might hold.


  • Gain inspirational ideas and fresh insights on liability from industry leaders
  • Get to hear about and discuss the topic of the proposed regulation of the insurance industry
  • Broaden your network of industry colleagues
  • In additional to the normal conference breaks, there will be plenty of networking opportunities throughout this year’s conference
  • A little treat will be optional free neck and shoulder massage to get you through the day


For information on this professional development program, contact Sharon Raath, Event Manager.


ANZIIF gratefully acknowledges the generous assistance and support of the 2020 Liability Conference Organising Committee:

  • Aaron Sherriff, Partner, Duncan Cotterill
  • Aimee MacKay, Lawyer, Morgan Coakle
  • Anna Parker, Senior Broker – Financial and Professional Risks, Crombie Lockwood
  • Crossley Gates, Partner, Keegan Alexander
  • Eoin Lawless, E S Lawless Ltd
  • Jon Stagg, Liability Adjuster, Casualty & Professional Services Ltd
  • Monica Maharaj, Regional Claims Manager - Liability, NZI
  • Neil Beadle, Special Counsel, DLA Piper


Sponsorship opportunities for this event are still available. For more information on how your organisation can benefit as a sponsor of this leading professional development event contact Sara Cheong, Sponsorship Executive, by phone +61 3 9613 7200, or email.


  • Neil Beadle

    DLA Piper New Zealand

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    Neil Beadle

    Special Counsel
    DLA Piper New Zealand

    Neil is regularly instructed by insurers on a broad range of claims, but has particular expertise in the defence of Health & Safety and Resource Management Act prosecutions. He has resolved investigations short of prosecution.  Where charges are laid he has successfully defended at trial. Where a guilty plea is appropriate, he assists clients to achieve the best outcome in those circumstances. He has dealt with several cases involving serious injury and fatalities.

    This year he successfully acted on an appeal from an Environment Court direction that a defendant disclose its insurance policy, and he will discuss the underlying focus of the Courts on insurance in sentencing for environmental offending.  He will also discuss the recent health and safety cases which address levels of fines, and calculating reparation for victims, and offer some predictions as to the impact of these decisions on business and its insurers.

  • Lance Burdett

    WARN International

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    Lance Burdett

    WARN International

    With 22 years of policing experience at the highest levels, 13 of those as a crisis negotiator, Lance combines advanced communication techniques, psychologically-based safety practices, and personal resilience tips for everyday use to keep ourselves safe and well. He brings together experience from training in New Zealand, Australia, England and the USA while operating with the elite sectors of police, prisons, emergency services, the military, and the FBI. His programmes of applied techniques are grounded in science, simple to use, and extremely effective. Lance has a Diploma in Policing, a Diploma in Business Studies and a Master of Arts majoring in Terrorism, Safety & Security. He published the bestselling book – Behind The Tape – and makes regular media appearances.

    Lance will cover topics such as; why it is that people are becoming overwhelmed in today’s world, how to control emotions in challenging situations, why change can be difficult to accept and/or implement, how to identify the signs of stress in ourselves, and how to bring balance back to our lives. Additionally, he will show us how to motivate and energise ourselves when at work, how to switch off at the end of a busy day, how to get to sleep within just a few breaths, and how to stop waking between 3 & 4 am with feelings of anxiousness.

  • Crossley Gates

    Keegan Alexander

    Crossley Gates

    Crossley Gates


    Crossley Gates is an insurance partner at Keegan Alexander. Crossley has specialised in insurance law for over 36 years. He is recognised in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020 in Band 1 as a specialist in insurance law, focusing on regulatory advice, insurance policy drafting and coverage disputes. One client said of Crossley: ‘He is the leading lawyer in his field in New Zealand.’

  • Nina Khouri

    Nina Khouri Mediation

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    Nina Khouri

    Commercial Mediator and Legal Academic
    Nina Khouri Mediation

    Nina Khouri is a leading New Zealand mediator specialising in the resolution of civil and commercial disputes. She has particular expertise in the following areas: professional negligence (and associated professional indemnity insurance issues), natural disaster insurance, income protection insurance, product liability, construction, property, claims against public authorities, public/private partnerships, general commercial (including retail and real estate), company law, general contract, torts and trusts.

    Nina's recent mediations have involved disputes about defective household appliances causing fires, professional liability (lawyers, surveyors, real estate agents, architects), income protection insurance, recovery of bank and finance company lending, electricity distribution infrastructure, freight logistics, copyright licensing, earthquake repairs, Māori land, health funding, ground leases, “leaky building” construction defects, supermarkets, private equity/M&A and dairy processing projects.

    Nina holds law degrees from the University of Auckland and New York University (where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar) and has studied, taught or practised mediation in London, New York, Canada, Australia and throughout New Zealand. Before practising as a mediator she was a commercial litigator with Russell McVeagh and Gilbert Walker, specialising in contract, negligence and insurance litigation. In addition to her professional practice she is an Academic Fellow at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law, where she has lectured and published research in dispute resolution theory and practice since 2008. She was recognised as a leader in the field of mediation in Who’s Who Legal 2019. Further information is available at

  • Caroline Laband

    DLA Piper

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    Caroline Laband

    DLA Piper

    Caroline is a partner and practice group leader of the insurance team at DLA Piper in New Zealand, where she assists clients in the insurance industry to navigate their way through complex disputes. She has 20 years' experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom representing insurers, brokers, and insured corporations in High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and arbitration proceedings. Caroline specialises in financial lines including assisting solicitors, accountants, brokers, directors, financial institutions and construction professionals to achieve early and favourable resolutions to claims.

  • Prof. Rob Merkin QC

    University of Exeter

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    Prof. Rob Merkin QC

    Professor of Law
    University of Exeter

    Rob Merkin QC is a Professor of Law at the University of Exeter and Distinguished Professor in the School of Comparative Law at the China University of Politics and Law in Beijing, a visiting Professor at the Universities of Sydney, Auckland and City University Athens. Teaching intensive insurance law modules to Masters’ students as well as insurance law in a number of other leading institutions.

    A past president of the British Insurance Law Association, vice-president of the International Association of Insurance Law (AIDA) and served as consultant to the English and Scottish Law Commissions for their project on the reform of insurance law 2006-2016. In 2009 Rob was Distinguished Visitor for the Singapore Academy of Law, in 2010 was awarded a prize by the Australian Insurance Law Association for his contribution to insurance law and in 2012 was appointed to the Hotung Fellowship by the University of Canterbury to deliver a series of lectures on earthquake insurance. In 2014 Rob was awarded a higher doctorate (LLD) by Cardiff University and acted as Special Adviser to the House of Lords Special Public Bills Committee on the Insurance Bill (now Act). In 2015 was made a QC honoris causa by the Crown. 

    As well as advising insurance companies and brokers, Rob gives seminars to lawyers, the insurance industry and national insurance law associations worldwide. In particular Rob has spoken on a number of occasions for the NZ Insurance Law Association and the Australian Insurance Law Association giving regular updates for the Lloyd's Market Association and the British Insurance Law Association.

    Rob also sits as an arbitrator, and has had a number of appointments in England, Hong Kong and Singapore.

    Rob was nominated to the Who's Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance publication in 2019.

  • Aaron Sherriff

    Duncan Cotterill

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    Aaron Sherriff

    Duncan Cotterill

    Aaron specialises in complex commercial disputes and insurance law. He has extensive experience acting for liability insurers in both New Zealand and Canada, advising on coverage issues and defending insured claims.  

    Aaron’s experience includes professional negligence claims, claims under public liability and bailees liability policies, claims against directors and officers by minority shareholders and investors, and claims under course of construction (“all risks”) policies. 

    Aaron has appeared regularly in various courts, including the Court of Appeal and the High Court, as well as the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

    Outside of work, Aaron is an avid trail runner, and can often be seen at the beach supporting his daughters at surf life-saving carnivals.






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1 Oct 2020

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel,
    128 Albert Street, Auckland
  • 6 Points



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1 Oct 2020

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel
    128 Albert Street, Auckland
  • Registration: 8:30am - 9am
    Presentation: 9am - 4:45pm
    Networking: 4:45pm - 5:45pm
  • 6 Points
  • Member Early bird $465
    Non-Member Early bird $580


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