Commercial Leases Disputes

Commercial leases are a key document for any business. When things go wrong, clients expect lawyers to be able to provide clear advice on liability, remedies, and process. This webinar will focus on some of the common friction points between landlords and tenants and will help equip you with the tools you need to advise clients on how to avoid and resolve those disputes.

Who Should Attend?

Property lawyers and general practitioners looking to develop their understanding of some common areas of commercial lease disputes and how to resolve them.  Litigators wanting to develop an understanding of some of the unique aspects of commercial lease disputes.

  • Understand the scope of landlords' and tenants’ repair, maintenance, and make-good obligations;
  • Learn about what happens when premises are damaged;
  • Gain insights into some related forms of liability outside the terms of the lease, such as the Building Act, Health and Safety at Work Act, and tort law;
  • Get to grips with the basics of arbitration, mediation, and expert determination and how to “right-size” your dispute resolution process for the dispute.


Edward Scorgie
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Edward specialises in disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects, as well as in building regulation and building product liability.  He also regularly advises and represents clients in contentious leasing issues, particularly relating to building condition, dilapidation, repair and maintenance obligations, and rent reviews.

He represents clients in all forms of formal and informal dispute resolution processes, and under all major standard forms of construction contracts.

Edward is a director of the New Zealand Building Industry Federation and is also Chair of Chapman Tripp’s Community Committee, which administers the firm’s substantial portfolio of pro bono work, as well as its community, sustainability and environmental initiatives.

William Cheyne
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William is a commercial litigation and dispute resolution specialist. He has a broad commercial practice with a particular emphasis on contentious property matters.

He frequently advises clients on their rights and obligations under commercial leases, including issues around repairs and maintenance, make-good obligations and rent reviews.

Clients also ask for his advice on acquisition and development agreement disputes, tort claims, and matters arising under the Public Works Act and Unit Titles Act. 

William has appeared in the Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court, including as sole counsel. Before joining Chapman Tripp, he was a judges’ clerk at the Auckland High Court.

Outside the court system, William has helped secure commercial settlements through a range of alternative dispute resolution methods.



Pricing Details

Ticket Price

Member: $190 GST

Non-Member: $270 GST


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