NZ Chapter – Christchurch Networking Event

We warmly welcome all members and non-members to our final Networking Event in Christchurch for 2021. This event has been generously sponsored and hosted by Duncan Cotterill. We cannot thank them enough for their ongoing support.

The work of advancement professionals and the delivery of effective bequests programmes can be a complex, demanding and rewarding role in any education organisation. Duncan Cotterill is delighted to host a lunch for Educate Plus members, providing legal insights on key issues including gifting and trusts and what is happening in the privacy area nearly a year on from when the Privacy Act 2020 came into force.

It is a requirement that all attendees are fully vaccinated to attend this event. This is Duncan Cotterill’s Covid-19 policy which will come into force on Wednesday 1st of December. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Chapter Manager, Kate Eatts at

Event Details

Date: Friday 10th December, 2021
Start Time: 12 – 2 pm 
Location: Duncan Cotterill Plaza Christchurch (instructions on location here)
Cost: FREE. Members and Non-members welcome.
Guest Speaker: Emma Tomblin, Jonathan Forsey and Peter Fernando.

Guest speakers

Emma Tomblin

Emma is a Partner specialising in commercial and property law. Emma advises on a range of business and commercial issues including providing advice on structuring, share transactions and commercial agreements. Emma also advises clients on all aspects of succession planning and asset protection with a particular interest in trust law. Emma is a member of the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society, on the trusts law committee for the Canterbury-Westland branch of the New Zealand Law Society and is a member the NZ Institute of Primary Industry Managers.

Jonathan Forsey

Jonathan is a Special Counsel in Duncan Cotterill’s Christchurch litigation and dispute resolution team. Jonathan specialises in defamation and media law issues, as well as privacy, official information, cyber liability, and technology related aspects of the law. His work encompasses advice on advertising and broadcasting standards, fair trading and consumer legislation, and other aspects of statutory compliance and he also deals with contractual disputes, insolvency, director’s duties and administrative law.


Peter Fernando

Peter is a Senior Associate in Duncan Cotterill’s commercial team, with broad commercial experience, including in the areas of information technology, contract, consumer, and intellectual property. Peter advises public and private sector clients on privacy/data protection, mobile location tracking, social media, and the ever-changing online environment. He regularly engages with New Zealand’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner regarding law reform and privacy breach investigations.



Supported by Duncan Cotterill

Duncan Cotterill is widely recognised as legal experts in the education sector. Our advice spans a broad range of areas relevant to tertiary institutions, where we have built considerable knowledge of the risks and opportunities they face. In particular, we have significant skills in advice around structures, rights, licensing, regulatory compliance, funding and development arrangements and the legal aspects of interacting with the media in terms of quantifying disclosure and liability. We also have experience advising on commercial agreements, governance, tax, employment, health and safety, insurance, property and intellectual property issues. As a result of all this work, we can now offer tertiary institutions and research entities the advice they need to meet their obligations, secure the funding they require to proceed with confidence and participate in arrangements around the world that benefit them intellectually and financially.