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  • At the Tribunals Bar

    7 July 2020

    In the 1960s and 1970s, New Zealand’s closely-controlled economy spawned numerous tribunals which licensed all manner of commercial activities. This…

  • The old Land Transfer Office

    12 June 2020

    One huge change in the practice of law has been the digitalisation of land titles. The shift to online conveyancing…

  • Three Twentieth Century Judges

    12 May 2020

    Sir Ian Barker QCWhen first writing this series I intended that I should discuss people prominent in the law in…

  • At the privy council in the 1960s

    6 March 2020

    Some reflectionsWhen I first qualified in the late 1950s, the idea of appearing in the Privy Council – then New…

  • More 20th century judges

    7 February 2020

    Sir Ian Barker QC in 1993Following on from his personal reflections on members of the judiciary in his early days…

  • Justice Terence Arbuthnot Gresson (1914–1967)

    29 November 2019

    Sir Ian’s recollections of Justice Gresson are indicative of the affection and respect with which he was held by the…

  • The (then) Supreme Court judges

    29 November 2019

    Sir Ian Barker continues his personal observations on some of the key players in the law when he was a…

  • New Zealand Law Society 1869-2019

    30 August 2019

    New Zealand Law Society 1869–2019On 3 September 1869 Parliament passed the New Zealand Law Society’s Act 1869, for all barristers…

Last updated on the 26th November 2019