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Commercial & Business Law Committee

The Commercial and Business Law Committee is a consistently busy committee that monitors reform proposals in all areas of commercial and consumer law.

About us

The Commercial and Business Law Committee (CBLC) was established in 1989. Since its inception the CBLC has played an important role in law reform, reviewing discussion documents and bills that propose significant changes in all areas of commercial and consumer law.

Our people

Rebecca Sellers, the committee convenor, has more than 20 years’ experience acting for financial services companies both as a regulatory expert and litigator. She is admitted in England and Wales (currently non-practising), New South Wales and New Zealand. Rebecca is a contributing editor of Colinvaux’s Law of Insurance in New Zealand.

The members of CBLC are experienced practitioners:

  • Deemple Budhia
  • John Horner
  • Stephen Layburn
  • Charlotte McLoughlin
  • Nic Scampion
  • Andrew Wallace

NZLS contact: Lucette Kuhn, Law Reform Adviser
DX SP20202 or PO Box 5041, Wellington 6145

Recent work

In the past 18 months, the committee has contributed to numerous NZLS submissions, including:

  • the review of Financial advisers’ legislation, and reform options,
  • Financial Services Legislation Amendment exposure draft bill,
  • FMA Conduct Guide,
  • a targeted review of the Commerce Act 1986,
  • Takeovers Code amendments,
  • Incorporated Societies exposure draft bill,
  • AML/CFT Phase 2 consultation, and the exposure draft bill,
  • review of Corporate insolvency law,
  • review of Registrant information searches of the .nz register,
  • Consumer Guarantees (Removal of Unrelated Party Lender Responsibility) Amendment Bill,
  • Electronic Interactions Reform Bill, and
  • the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill.

Get involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. If you have a passion for law reform, skills, interest and expertise in commercial and business law and the time and energy to commit, then get involved.

Membership of this committee allows you to play an important role in commercial and business law reform and is an excellent basis for professional development as well as collegiality and networking.

Additionally, substantive contribution to NZLS law reform may count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Applications for the 2017 appointment round have closed. The next appointment round will be in mid-2019.

Last updated on the 25th January 2019