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Law Society response to media criticism of regulatory system

Law Society response to media criticism of regulatory system

This week a number of media stories have been published about the legal profession, criminal convictions, the complaints and disciplinary system, and the practising certificate process that have contained misleading or incorrect information. The Law Society would like to provide clarity on the co-regulatory model in place to consider complaints and...

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New Zealand Law Society offers assistance to Epidemic Response Committee

Responding to the COVID-19 crisis requires a commitment to the fundamental values that underpin New Zealand's legal system, New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa President Tiana Epati says. Ms Epati has written to the Chair of the Epidemic Response Select Committee, Simon Bridges, offering the Law Society's assistance...

From the Law Society President Tiana Epati

COVID-19: the potential to thrive in uncertaintyAs this issue of LawTalk is delivered, we are watching the COVID-19 pandemic continue to unfold around the globe. In New Zealand, our history will record 11.59pm on 25 March 2020 as an historic moment, the exact time our country went into an unprecedented national...

Law Society President pays tribute to Chief High Court Judges

Justice Susan Thomas is to be congratulated on her appointment as Chief High Court Judge, New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa President Tiana Epati says. “The High Court Te Kōti Matua o Aotearoa is our only court of general jurisdiction. It has been part of our country since 1841....

April LawTalk to be delivered online

The April issue of the Law Society's monthly magazine LawTalk will be published on Friday, 3 April. However, it will not appear in hard copy. LawTalk will be distributed to all practising lawyers in an email, providing online links to most articles and also a flipbook of the whole magazine as...

Law Society seeks pro bono support for community law centres

All practising lawyers have been contacted by the New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa to ask those with expertise in some areas of law are willing to assist community law centres in their COVID-19 response. The Law Society is working with the New Zealand Bar Association to...

Law Society information on affidavits and POAs

COVID-19 Administration of Affidavits and Statutory Declarations The Law Society has been considering options to address issues related to the administration of affidavits and statutory declarations in circumstances of mandatory physical distancing, Chief Executive Helen Morgan-Banda says. "An option has been identified which could provide a workaround in appropriate circumstances, without requiring...

Monthly trust account certificates still to be submitted

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has advised that monthly trust account certificates should still be submitted online where possible. The Law Society has contacted all trust account supervisors with information on the process around the coming deadline. "With the end of month approaching, many practitioners will be...

Property Law Section recommends Level 4 property settlement clause

The Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society |Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa says it has considered the pressing issue of property settlements at COVID-19 Level 4. The Section recommends use of a new clause to amend existing Agreements for Sale and Purchase or Auction Agreements due to settle...

Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture to cancel public events

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following Ministry of Health guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and stakeholders. We offer a busy calendar of events and professional development opportunities as part of our work to...

Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture President outlines support available to profession

New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa President Tiana Epati has sent a message to all New Zealand lawyers to outline support available to those in legal workplaces. "In these uncertain times, it is important we look after our own mental health and that of our legal staff.  In...
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