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Property Disputes

The Property Disputes Committee is a committee of The Law Association set up more than 35 years ago to determine a wide range of disputes relating to property issues, including in relation to sale and purchase agreements and commercial leases. The Committee is made up of 12 senior lawyers, with particular expertise and experience in property law.

The Property Disputes Committee hearings are held ‘on the papers’. Lawyers for the parties are required to submit an agreed statement of facts and written submissions. The committee meets in person (or over Zoom) to consider the dispute and reach a joint decision. A formal written decision is drafted by the committee following the meeting, signed off by the committee convenor, then provided to the lawyers for the parties. As part of the parties’ agreement to refer the dispute to the Property Disputes Committee, they agree that the decision will be final and binding.

The cost of referring a dispute to the Property Disputes Committee is currently set at $200 plus GST, which is shared equally between the parties i.e. $100 plus GST each. The referral does need to be made by the parties’ lawyers, and the parties need to meet their own legal costs.

If you are interested in lodging a dispute with the committee please contact Committee Secretary for further information.

The Law Association Property Disputes Committee Guidelines

The Law Association Property Disputes Committee Rulings Manual

The Law Association Property Disputes Committee – Lodgement of Dispute Form (download)


Committee members, October 2022 – September 2024:

  • Mark Colthart – Barrister sole, 48 Shortland Chambers (Committee Convenor)
  • Jai Moss – Barrister sole, Canterbury Chamber
  • Alan Clark – Partner, Clark & Co
  • John Lindsay Millar
  • Grant Nicholson – Partner, Anthony Harper
  • Tony Herring – Partner, Gibson Sheat
  • Todd Whitcombe – Director, Whitcombe Law
  • Rebecca Scott – Director, Lane Neave
  • Kate Sheehan – Director, Kate Sheehan Lawyers
  • Luke Crawford – Partner, Sellar Bone & Partners
  • John Jon – Senior Associate,
  • Renee Jensen – Senior Associate, Wilson McKay
  • Tina Hwang – Senior Associate, Queen City Law
  • Hermann Grobler – Solicitor, Pidgeon Judd

No Submissions at this time.