Uncomfortable Bedfellows: Unjust Enrichment & Restitution

Since the 1990s, unjust enrichment has exploded on to our legal landscape. It has impacted our perception of longstanding causes of action such as money had and received and quantum meruit.  Yet, despite its emergence as a cause of action in the UK its reception here has been mixed and has led to conceptual confusion. It is difficult to discern just what unjust enrichment is, what it does and how it affects claims such as money had and received.

With a focus on its practical application, such as in cases of misappropriated funds, barrister Sean McAnally will share the results of his post-graduate investigation of unjust enrichment, offer his thoughts on its proper place and on how restitutionary claims should be approached.

Who Should Attend? 

All lawyers who deal with restitutionary claims, at all levels of experience.

In respect of unjust enrichment and restitutionary claims such as money had and received:

  • Acquire a better understanding of what they are – and are not.
  • Benefit from looking into their practical application.
  • Become updated on relevant case law and its influence.


Sean McAnally
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Sean has been involved with litigation in New Zealand and the Cook Islands for some 23 years.  While he now predominantly acts on civil and commercial cases, his background includes criminal, family and regulatory matters. He has appeared in all levels of the court system including the Privy Council and also appears in specialist tribunals such as the Health Practitioners’ Disciplinary Tribunal and the Real Estate Agents’ Disciplinary Tribunal.  Before joining the independent bar in 2022, he spent 20 years at Keegan Alexander, 13 of those as a partner.



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Ticket Price

Member: $95 GST

Non-Member: $135 GST


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