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30 November 2018 - By Geoff Adlam

Arbitration, 2nd edition

By Anthony Willy and Terry Sissons

Arbitration cover

A lot has changed in the world of arbitration since retired District Court Judge Anthony Willy brought out the first edition in 2010. He has been joined by barrister and arbitrator Terry Sissons. Aimed at practitioners and students, the book contains 19 chapters which consider all matters which will be encountered by someone involved in arbitration in New Zealand. The practical focus is found in chapters on matters such as advocacy in arbitration and writing the award, alongside examination of arbitration principles and requirements. There are 14 appendices of AMINZ and other organisations’ rules and codes.

Thomson Reuters New Zealand Ltd, 978-1-988553-26-9, September 2018, 713 pages, paperback and e-book, $150 (excludes GST and postage).

Crimes Act 1961 23rd edition cover

Crimes Act 1961, 23rd edition

This is the annual consolidation of the Crimes Act. The text contains notes on the history of each section but no commentary on their application, with editorial notes providing references when there is a relationship to other legislation. The Act is consolidated to include all amendments to 10 July 2018.

LexisNexis NZ Ltd, 978-0-947514-77-8, October 2018, 449 pages, paperback, $65 (includes GST, excludes postage).

Driving Under the Influence

By Geoff Hall and Andrew Becroft

Driving under the influence cover

This has been extracted from Becroft and Hall’s Transport Law and brings together the commentary and legislation relevant to intoxicated driving. It includes annotated Parts 6 to 8 of the Land Transport Act 1998 along with an overview of legal principles involved in breath and blood testing, selected extracts from the main text’s section on sentencing principles and practice, and selected extracts of commentary on relevant parts of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. The law is stated as at 1 July 2018.

LexisNexis NZ Ltd, 978-1-927183-39-7, October 2018, 749 pages, paperback, $150 (includes GST, excludes postage).

Psychology and the Law in Aotearoa New Zealand, 2nd edition

Edited by Fred Seymour, Suzanne Blackwell and Armon Tamatea

As well as the editors, there are 25 expert contributors to this new edition. The first edition was published in 2011 and the 15 chapters in the latest edition are on similar themes. The editors say their aim is to assist psychologists to better recognise and understand the various ways in which laws and regulations impact day-to-day practice across all work settings, as well as assisting those who work in fields such as criminal offending, child protection and schools. The editors and authors are all experienced psychologists with the exception of District Court Judge Tony Fitzgerald and Simon Jefferson QC.

New Zealand Psychological Society, 978-0-473449-64-3, September 2018, 381 pages, paperback. Order through the New Zealand Psychological Society ($74 for non-members).

Residential Tenancy Law in New Zealand

By Stewart Benson

Residential Tenancy Law in NZ cover

Tenancy Tribunal adjudicator and trained lawyer Stewart Benson has been assisted in his analysis of the law relating to residential tenancy by his collection of over 1,000 Tenancy Tribunal decisions. He takes a practical focus, saying he has tried to explain the law “in a matter-of-fact way and to let the cases speak for themselves”. Extensively referenced to cases and legislation, the book provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of residential tenancy in its nine chapters. The biggest chapter has an extensive review of the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants. The law is stated as at 31 August 2018.

Thomson Reuters New Zealand Ltd, 978-1-988553-05-4, October 2018, 348 pages, paperback and e-book, $150 (excludes GST and postage).

The Ethical Lawyer: Legal ethics and professional responsibility

By Richard Scragg

The Ethical Lawyer cover

Drawing on his own career as a lawyer, academic and now teacher of the undergraduate Legal Ethics course at the University of Auckland, Richard Scragg’s book is aimed at practitioners, regulators and law students. He says his intention is to provide a comprehensive account of the principles of legal ethics and professional responsibility in New Zealand. In 16 chapters he looks at all the practical and moral questions as to conduct which are encountered by New Zealand lawyers, with reference to case law and legislation. There are special chapters on advocacy ethics, for barristers, and for in-house lawyers, as well as one on ethics in non-litigation dispute resolution. The law is stated as at 1 July 2018.

Thomson Reuters New Zealand Ltd, 978-1-988553-36-8, September 2018, 438 pages, paperback and e-book, $90 (excludes GST and postage).

Trade Marks in Practice, 4th edition

By Paul Sumpter

Trade Marks in Practice cover

University of Auckland senior law lecturer Paul Sumpter’s new edition comes three years after the last one. Mr Sumpter is a registered patent attorney and member of the Copyright Tribunal and the book is written specifically for legal practitioners. It has been extracted from the online publication Intellectual Property Law and is structured around the Trade Marks Act 2002 and regulations with section-by-section commentary. There is no introductory overview. The law is stated as at 6 June 2018.

LexisNexis NZ Ltd, 978-0-947514-67-9, August 2018, 365 pages, paperback, $160 (includes GST, excludes postage).

Last updated on the 30th November 2018