Advancing Digital & IT Law

The latest legal developments and an examination of how law and regulation must meet the challenge of fast-paced tech and digital innovation

25 - 26 Nov 2019Crowne Plaza, Auckland
Event Details
separately bookable workshops
Workshop 1: Is data recyclable? How to do more while enabling greater privacy protection measures
27 November 2019 | 9.30 – 12.30

Retrieving, saving and making use of data is becoming increasingly common across New Zealand businesses. In this engaging workshop, you will learn about what can be done with data, while ensuring security of sensitive information. 

  • What are the legal requirements for retention of data?
  • For what purposes can you make use of data?
  • To what extent is further data utilisation feasible while still enabling protection and compliance with law?
  • What are the legal requirements for disposal of data?
  • Outlook: Domestic and global legal landscape regulating data and privacy

Jane Parker



Jane Parker is a partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ corporate and commercial team, specialising in technology and data management, energy, public sector contracting, health and safety, and governance. Jane leads the firm’s practice for the Technology sector. Previously, she was on the board of McCarthy Finch, a joint venture between MinterEllisonRuddWatts and Goat Ventures to see how artificial intelligence can be used to provide legal services. Having worked in and with technology companies at various stages of maturity (theirs and hers), Jane brings over two decades of first-hand experience, insights and practical options to any project involving technology.

Peter Fernando

Senior Associate


Peter Fernando is a senior associate in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ corporate and commercial team, specialising in commercial law with particular expertise in information technology. He helps clients both commercialise and procure IT services and systems, and advises clients on matters such as data protection, software licensing, and the legal requirements associated with the ever-changing online environment. Clients appreciate Peter’s clear, pragmatic, and timely advice, and relevant knowledge and experience in the IT industry.

Workshop 2: Dispute resolution in the digital and IT sector
27 November 2019 | 1.30 – 5.00

This workshop will be relevant to all stakeholders involved in IT projects and is designed to help them gain a practical insight into managing disputes as they arise to best ensure a successful project.  

  • Gain a competitive edge by exploring different methods of dispute resolution
  • Learn how to determine the most suitable option for your project
  • Learn practical skills to assist you navigate the dispute resolution processes
  • Explore how to create fair outcomes for all involved parties
  • Understand the costs and time associated with each option
  • Look into post-dispute stage – what happens afterwards?

Catherine Green

Executive Director

New Zealand International Arbitration Centre

Catherine is the Executive Director of the New Zealand International Arbitration Centre (NZIAC) as well as its related domestic registry services which cover a full spectrum of commercial (NZDRC), building and construction (Building Disputes Tribunal), and family and relationship disputes (FDR Centre). She also has her own private practice as an arbitrator, adjudicator, and mediator taking appointments with respect to both commercial and construction disputes. Prior to specialising in the design and delivery of private dispute resolution processes, Catherine practiced as a commercial litigator both onshore and offshore in New Zealand, London, and the Cayman Islands, gaining extensive experience in a wide range of matters, involving fraud, insolvency, contractual, financial services, tax avoidance and regulatory issues. These matters have included, among others, acting for liquidators of a Madoff-affected investment fund in relation to its investment and related large-scale litigation claims arising from the Madoff fraud, advising in relation to Royal Commission, Serious Fraud Office, and Securities Commission Inquiries, and acting for clients on a variety of commercial disputes across the globe covering the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Gerard Doolin


Be Amorgos IT Contractual Services

Gerard is a lawyer by experience who established in London in 2015 a specialised services offering, Be Amorgos IT Contractual Services, that he migrated to New Zealand on his return in late 2016. His service offering fully leverages his 18 years specialisation working internationally, as a senior legal counsel, in the IT sector in relation to the development, provision and use of software technology solutions and their evolving deployment methods. Gerard has worked for global IT consultancy groups (the former EDS Australia and the Accenture Group (Australia and UK)) and also advised other global and SME providers, users, investors and early stage companies. He has engaged with business and government agencies teams in the ANZ, Asia Pacific, North American, UK and European markets. He has gained extensive experience and insight through supporting bespoke technology consulting, development & implementation engagements for the delivery and use of material technology solution architectures, both in the private sector and government. In addition, he has supported investment, M&A and alliance engagement. Gerard is also an accredited mediator (CEDR London) and specialises in IT Project disputes. He is on the Mediators panel for the New Zealand International Arbitration Centre and an associate member of AMINZ.

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