2022 CLEAA Conference: Reflective Practice – in Practice. Lessons from New Zealand

Session #1:  Research shows that experience and formal learning alone do not produce competence and/or expertise and that instruction and reflection are essential to learning. New Zealand has taken the lead in the introduction of reflective practice as part of a regulatory CPD framework, with it being used by the NZ Law Society and the NZ Dental Council as examples.
Together our presenters will explore the practical implications of introducing and designing reflective practice as well as the impact to improved competency and performance through the lens of the individual, the firm, and the profession.

  • Understand the regulatory approach to reflective practice used by the NZ Law Society and the NZ Dental Council
  • Discuss what is required to implement best practice reflective learning
  • Understand how reflective practice can be used by firms and by the individual
  • Discuss the impact of reflective practice to enhance the skills and knowledge of professionals.

Our panel will consist of Helen Comrie-Thomson, CPD Manager, New Zealand Law Society, Emily Walton, Partner, Wynn Williams and Dr Andrew Gray, Chairman, Dental Council of New Zealand.    This will be a presentation and panel discussion.


Helen Comrie-Thomson
CPD Manager
New Zealand Law Society

Helen Comrie-Thomson is the CPD Manager at the New Zealand Law Society. She sits within the professional standards regulatory team, and is responsible for ensuring that the legal profession understand their obligations and responsibilities under the Continuing Professional Development Rules. Helen is an educator and taught High School English for 12 years. After overseeing the development, implementation and accreditation of the International Baccalaureate Middle Year’s Programme into her school, she decided it was time to take on a new challenge and put her skills to use in a legal context. Helen lives in Queenstown, New Zealand and outside of work enjoys baking, reading, and snowboarding and mountain biking with her family.

Dr Andrew Gray
Deputy Registrar / Prof Advisor
Dental Council New Zealand

Andrew Gray is a registered dental surgeon with over 30 year experience in academia, general dental practice, health leadership and health regulatory governance. He has been an officer in the NZ Army for over 22 years and has recently retired as the NZ Surgeon General.

Andrew has severed on the Dental Council for 9 years and was Chair 2019 -2022. He has recently taken up the role of Deputy Register/Professional Advisor with the Dental Council.


Emily Walton
Partner, Wynn Williams

Emily is one of Wynn William’s most senior insurance practice partners, an experienced litigator and excellent mediation counsel.

She built her reputation in the insurance industry on her significant involvement in the Canterbury earthquakes insurance litigation work and for her contribution to the evolution of best practice in natural disaster insurance litigation in New Zealand.

Additionally, she is also the partner responsible for CPD at the firm.    Emily’s insight will be on reflective practice might be used in performance reviews and other outcomes including team meetings.

A spotlight on Session #1 of CLEAA’s upcoming annual conference being held Friday 14 Oct, 9am-4.00pm AEDT.

CLEAA’s annual conference provides a forum for learning specialists and teachers in the legal sector to explore ideas, exchange information, and showcase current thinking.

Who should attend? Legal Learning & Development Specialists, Legal Educators and Researchers, Professional Development program designers; Coaches, Trainers and Private course providers.  You can find more information about the online conference here

Registration for CLEAA members is AUD $129.  |  Standard Registration is AUD $249.

CLEAA Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the field of continuous legal education. Membership is $100 to 30 June 2023 and you can >> subscribe here

Register to the CLEAA Conference, Friday 14 October 2022

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