Quake law experts to convene

Last updated 14:06 19/08/2012

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Experts will explain important legal issues relating to earthquakes at a conference on the University of Canterbury this month. 

Kathryn Dalziel, a partner at Taylor Shaw and UC lecturer, will talk about her experiences helping Christchurch people who have lost jobs because of the earthquakes. 

Professor Elizabeth Toomey, an expert in residency tenancy law would also be present.

Conference organiser Cynthia Hawes said Toomey's work helped people whose homes and apartments have been vulnerable because of the earthquakes.

Another speaker, Jared Ormsby, has advised on a number of high profile earthquake cases. He has looked at the meaning of untenantability in leases and has acted as counsel in leading cases relating to earthquakes and leases.

Matt Maling, a partner at Lane Neave, will talk about resolving construction disputes which will be important considering the unprecedented rebuild about to be undertaken in quake-hit Christchurch.

Professor Jeremy Finn and Professor Toomey would also discuss how the legal profession has responded to the earthquakes. 

The conference will be held on campus at the University of Canterbury on August 29. 

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