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  • Council Brief - June 2013

    5 September 2013 (PDF File, 1.4 MB)

    Highs and lows of busy month; Sexual violence and the role of the international courts; Canterbury Library home at last; First bilingual Maori legal dictionary launched; Ethics seminar attracts large audience; Wellington Branch salutes local legal executive graduates; ‘I can’t remember…’ – the ‘brain fade’ in public life; A new year in the Taita Pomare Project; The funding conundrum – is a social enterprise law firm the answer?

  • Council Brief - May 2013

    5 September 2013 (PDF File, 1.6 MB)

    Hutt Court opening highlight of busy month; Masterton courthouse research computer gets temporary home; Wellington barrister re-appointed; Q & A with Justice Teresa Doherty of The Special Court For Sierra Leone – Shirley Smith Speaker 2013; New book critiques consumer laws; Pistols at dusk for legal rivals; Research assessment results a win for law & for Victoria Law School; Housing New Zealand: what our clients are experiencing.

  • Council Brief - April 2013

    3 April 2013 (PDF File, 1.6 MB)

    Welcome and assistance to new members; Ethical standards and the legal profession; Women in warfare: a view from Sierra Leone; New mental health course aimed at New Zealand lawyers; The future of law: unbundling, pricing innovation and the new client perspective; The EU, proportionality and the common law; Changes to our refugee and immigration legal advice service (RILAS).

  • Council Brief - February 2013

    14 February 2013 (PDF File, 1.0 MB)

    Challenging year in store; Court security changes; Kerri Doherty – 26 August 1964 - 22 December 2012; ‘Challenge, fun, warm friendships with clients and colleagues’; Welcome to 2013; ‘MOOCs’, guns and ranking university degrees according to job prospects; Paid parental leave: chance for NZ to catch up.

  • Council Brief - December 2012

    17 December 2012 (PDF File, 1.7 MB)

    A year of challenges and sadness; Upper Hutt Court closure and other MOJ changes; Library free wi-fi trial – please give feedback; Women in leadership – journey to the top; Crime and punishment seminar illuminating; Book Review – ‘The Book Thief’ By Markus Zusak; Gregory James King 17 September 1969 – 2 November 2012; Greg King; Des Deacon dinner successful though pervaded by sadness; Upper Hutt Court closure and access to justice.

  • Council Brief - November 2012

    14 December 2012 (PDF File, 2.2 MB)

    Education and welcomes part of busy Branch month; How to ask a research question; MERW partner enjoys sport and family outside work; Family law focus for Council Wairarapa representative; Peter Edward Martyn 18 September 1930-12 October 2012; Young lawyers ‘meet the judiciary’; Problems with elected judges in the USA; Dinner to honour Justice Collins; Good turnout for 2012 Devil’s Own; Legal executives vital component of law practice; The Scandinavian ‘Cosy’ – Mankell, Lackberg et al; More on the ballot than Obama and Romney; Highly successful ‘Counsel in Concert’.

  • Council Brief - October 2012

    10 October 2012 (PDF File, 1.3 MB)

    Visitors to the Branch; new lawyers; education; welcomes to come; Food and sport among interests outside the law; Back to Wellington after work sojourn overseas; Keeping women in their place: women’s rights and the question of ‘culture’ in international law; Flexible working arrangements; ‘Accessibility, timeliness, predicatability’ … and the judiciary; Counsel in Concert this month: ‘At the movies’; Three strikes and you’re off-line – Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011; Cooking and the Matariki stars.

  • Council Brief - September 2012

    10 October 2012 (PDF File, 1.9 MB)

    Busy month for Wellington Branch; New Council Member Chris O’Connor; Change to urgent research fees; NZLS Wellington Branch Committees 2012-13; Cullen employment law prizes awarded; Had a good day at the office?; Judicial independence, the Constitution and media simplification; Elder abuse prevention and changes to the Crimes Act; New books in the NZLS High Court Library; Practising law and creating glass art – an enviable example of work / life balance.

  • Council Brief - August 2012

    16 August 2012 (PDF File, 2.0 MB)

    New Branch President looks forward; Law Revue on the boards again; Local lawyer leads internet company; ‘Having a ball’ for all Young Professionals; Professor Charlesworth sets the scene for her Shirley Smith Address; John Bentley Morrison – 1 July 1930-10 July 2012; Marianne Elliott – human rights lawyer; Property Law Update – ADLS 9th Edition and Property Law Section Practice Guidelines July 2012; Comedy debate; Victims as ‘experts’ – and the ‘public interest’; Te Awa Kairangi office opens! Community Law in the Hutt Valley.

  • Council Brief - June 2012

    24 May 2012 (PDF File, 1.4 MB)

    President signs off after two terms; Wellington lawyer wins scholarship; Prominent South African jurist presents Ethel Benjamin Address; Young Lawyers Committee offers balanced fare; William Matthew (Bill) Johnson; Wellington branch annual dinner; Nerissa Barber elected Law Society Vice-President; ‘The legal fraternity will be well served by young women of your calibre…’; Implications of proposed changes to student funding; NewsRoom – new service for lawyers; Community legal services in the Hutt Valley; Community law centre website launched; Young Lawyers quiz night great event.

  • Council Brief - May 2012

    7 July 2015 (PDF File, 1.1 MB)

    Importance of collegiality; Wellington Branch Annual Meeting on 27 June; More on Library door access plus NZ legal resources; Principal Prosecutor position for Branch Vice President; LINX case summary; Research into pre-trial and trial processes for sexual offenders outlined; Electronic data stored in airbag modules offers useful tool in vehicle accident investigations; Revival of cricketing contest; New community law centre website goes live on May Day! Thinking about the others – a chance to give back; Pot pourri of some recent property law cases; Omnia dicta fortiora si dicta Latina.

  • Council Brief - April 2012

    10 April 2012 (PDF File, 813.5 KB)

    Celebration of the rule of law; ‘Walk the Talk’ and International Women’s Day; Chaplaincy and being ‘downwardly mobile’; International perspectives on the New Zealand charitable sector; Change to after-hours library access; Admissions; Courts Minister speaks to Wellington Branch members; Knowing about DNA evidence; Immigration and the ‘New Zealand dream’; Disability Legal Services – addressing unmet legal needs; What I love about Wellington (hint: not the weather).

  • Council Brief - March 2012

    1 March 2012 (PDF File, 953.5 KB)

    International perspective and the rule of law; High Court Judge appointed; The ‘voice of young lawyers in Wellington’; A National Law Society library service; Helen Mary Aikman QC – a woman of light and grace; Noel Kelly QSO JP LLM – 23 December 1922-7 February 2012; Effective written and oral submissions; Forum on NZ charitable sector; Public lecture on ‘negotiating the fundamental right to liberty’; Law Society golfers enjoy ‘Last Resort’; ‘Walking the Talk’ conference to offer practical solutions for women lawyers; Cancelling knighthoods and a scalped parliamentarian; Personal grievances and essential skills work permits.

  • Council Brief - February 2012

    20 February 2012 (PDF File, 928.9 KB)

    Greetings from afar; Branch Libraries now on ‘same page’; Auckland Judge’s Wellington connection; Judgments affecting probate/administration practice; Council Member Profiles; Members sought for Employment Relations Authority; Bernard Jeremiah Cullinane 11 November 1922–17 December 2011; Wellington lawyer helps build a new Bougainville; Christmas 2011 and Tama comes to Taita; Commonwealth regional law conference Sydney; Looking ahead with optimism after tough year; The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act; Maintaining networks, relationships and profiles.

  • Council Brief - December 2011

    20 February 2012 (PDF File, 1.2 MB)

    Highlights of challenging year; Wellington Branch has new manager: Lawyer is Porirua business personality of year; Samoa Law Society celebration; Appointment of Visiting Justices; Updated internet resources; ‘Cloud computing’ and your business – its utility and security; Mentoring – a key to success; Council Member Profiles; Admissions; Wellington lawyer Arthritis NZ president; New Chief Judge speaks to women lawyers; Young lawyer rep wins Cleary Memorial Prize; Honouring noted thinker and writer on criminal law; Famine in the Horn of Africa – desperation for families of refugees in NZ; A year of travel in store for Colleen Singleton.

Last updated on the 17th August 2015