Civil Litigation Series | Drafting Pleadings: Principles and Practice

It has become fashionable in some quarters to regard the pleadings as being of little importance. This view is often voiced in the suggestion that the exchange of briefs of evidence before trial will cure any lack of particularity in the pleadings. 

Such a view is misguided.

Pleadings that are properly drawn and particularised are an essential road map for the Court and the parties.

They are documents against which the briefs of evidence are or should be prepared.

They are the documents that establish the parameters of the case, not the briefs of evidence.

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Who Should Attend?

Litigators up to intermediate level and those more senior seeking a refresher. General practitioners who do some litigation work will also benefit from attending.

This webinar will outline the core skills required and fundamental rules to be followed to produce successful pleadings and other litigation documents. Those attending will gain an in-depth understanding of:

  • the function of pleadings;
  • the formal requirements of pleading;
  • the principal rules of pleading; and
  • how to draw persuasive and authoritative statements of claim and statements of defence.


Martin Smith
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Martin Smith is a partner at specialist Auckland litigation and dispute resolution firm, Gilbert Walker. He advises and acts on a broad range of civil disputes, in particular commercial, property, insurance and professional liability matters.

Garry Williams
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Garry is a barrister in Richmond Chambers, Auckland, specialising in commercial litigation, contentious intellectual property matters and media law.



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Member: $190 GST

Non-Member: $270 GST


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