New Zealand Law Society - Commercial & Business Law Committee

Commercial & Business Law Committee

The Commercial and Business Law Committee 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

Charlotte McLoughlin is the convenor of the Commercial and Business Law Committee. She has worked in legal professional services and financial services for over 20 years, working predominantly in private practice, in big firms and in a boutique environment, specialising in corporate and securities transactions, corporate governance and commercial relationships. Charlotte is now working at Simpson Grierson as a Commercial Knowledge & Development Specialist.

The current members of the committee are experienced practitioners:

  • Rebecca Sellers
  • John Horner
  • Stephen Layburn
  • Andrew Wallace
  • Victoria Stace
  • Peter Stansfield
  • Tom Pasley

Recent work

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

  • disclosure requirements in the new financial advice regime,
  • review of insurance contract law,
  • increasing the transparency of beneficial ownership of companies and limited partnerships,
  • the Law Commission’s Relationship Property review, in relation to creditors’ rights, and
  • the New Zealand Bar Association application for an AML/CFT class exemption for barristers sole.

Get Involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. 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.

Applications will be called for in mid-2021, for the next 2-year term starting September 2021.

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