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NZLS releases briefings on address of Asian parties and P Lab checks

10 December 2015

The New Zealand Law Society has released two new titles in its Practice Briefing series.

Correctly addressing parties, counsel and witnesses of Asian descent explains how some Asian (particularly Chinese) names should be presented and used, and recommends that solicitors and counsel clearly ascertain from their clients how they prefer to be named.

The Briefing was prepared in consultation with New Zealand Asian organisations following a request from Chief High Court Judge Venning that lawyers ensure they address individuals of Asian descent appropriately and respectfully, both in pleadings and in court.

Property transactions with potential methamphetamine contamination gives helpful guidance to lawyers on best practices for property transactions involving houses that are potentially contaminated with "P".

The Briefing, prepared in consultation with the Law Society's Property Law Section, notes that lawyers and their clients need to be aware of the risks of methamphetamine and the tell-tale signs to look for in a property. It says through a well-informed lawyer, clients can avoid costly mistakes in purchasing a property contaminated by P.

The Law Society's Practice Briefing series aims to provide best practice, tips and guidance to lawyers on a variety of issues which they encounter in practice.

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Last updated on the 10th December 2015