Wellington Seminars

The Next Wellington Seminar

Addressing climate change through tort law

Speakers: James Every-Palmer KC and Daniel Kalderimis

Date: Tuesday 16th April 2024

Venue: Bell Gully, 40 Lady Elizabeth Lane #Level 4 Wellington

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm NZST

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Webinar via Zoom, Meeting ID: 891 7157 7862, Passcode: 010648

About Seminar:

A recent significant decision by the Supreme Court has allowed a novel climate system damage tort to proceed to trial. The case centres on Mike Smith’s claims against seven corporate defendants, with the claim that they have contributed to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions, which has caused Mr Smith to suffer damage, including by way of a proposed new climate system damage tort. While a Court of Appeal decision struck out Mr Smith’s claims, the Supreme Court has recently overturned this decision, allowing the claim to proceed to trial.

In this seminar, James Every-Palmer KC and Daniel Kalderimis will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision. They will explain the key issues and set out the different arguments put before the court.

Speaker Details:

Dr James Every-Palmer KC is an experienced competition and regulatory lawyer with a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice. James is regularly recommended in guides such as Chambers and Who’s Who Legal. James has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court in a wide range of cases. He has also acted as an arbitrator. In addition to his litigation practice, James has been engaged in a number of law reform, public policy and market design projects in the electricity, banking, dairy and telecommunications sectors.

Daniel Kalderimis is a barrister at Thorndon Chambers, practicing in complex commercial and public law disputes. Formerly a senior litigation partner at Chapman Tripp, Daniel has appeared at all levels of the New Zealand court system and in numerous arbitrations and mediations. Daniel also provides advice and representation on a wide range of international legal issues and is active before the courts in the emerging area of legal duties and climate change.