New Zealand Law Society - LawTalk issue 933

LawTalk issue 933

LawTalk issue 933

The Public Defence Service arose from a pilot scheme in Manukau in 2004; and has since grown to 10 offices and 250 staff. We look at its impact on the practice of criminal law. The October issue also looks at pro bono services for the Canterbury Muslim community; ponder whether law offices are healthy as people might think; and reflect on a first-ever Feminist Moot.

Berry & Co among New Zealand’s oldest law firms

We read with interest the article entitled “New Zealand’s Oldest Law Firms” appearing at pages 98 and 99 of LawTalk Issue 932. Our firm, Berry & Co was omitted from the list of the 50 oldest law firms, however it traces its roots back to 1886 when HB Crawford first set...

Some cases where matchboxes played a part

Cocaine in the matchboxPolice were called to Willie Gatlin’s Florida residence after an argument between him and his girlfriend. He was charged with battery and arrested. Gatlin was only partially dressed and put on a pair of trousers which had been lying next to his bed before being led to...
Are we doing enough? The global scale of bullying and sexual harassment in legal workplaces

Are we doing enough? The global scale of bullying and sexual harassment in legal workplaces

There’s no magic bullet when it comes to achieving cultural change in the global legal profession. A step inciting a change, is precisely that – just one step, says International Bar Association (IBA) Senior Legal Advisor Kieran Pender. The IBA launched its “Us Too? Bullying and sexual harassment in the legal...
Being a supporter: a daughter's story

Being a supporter: a daughter's story

My father died in July of last year, the day following his 89th birthday. He died of natural causes and in his own bed. There were many times in Dad’s life that I was not certain that those two would be possible as Dad died after living a lifetime with...
Red flags! Is your law office as healthy as you think?

Red flags! Is your law office as healthy as you think?

About three years ago, I had a well-woman check-up and assumed I would pass with flying colours as an active, fit person. However, when my GP listened to my heart, she said “Do you know you have a very audible heart murmur?”, to which I replied “No. I thought I...

People in the Law

Wellington via golf, Gore and Glasgow

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Honor Kerry spent the first four years of her life living in the Shetland Islands, the northern- most point of Scotland. “My parents wanted to move back to the Scottish mainland when it came time for me to start school but they felt that, as a teacher...

Top barrister not afraid of a fight: Belinda Sellars QC

For Belinda Sellars it has always been about the underdog. From her days as a junior in the District Court representing some of Auckland’s most determined drink drivers, to her current post as one of the country’s top criminal barristers, Ms Sellars does not shy away from a fight.

Reflections on a ground-breaking Feminist Moot

In July, what is likely to be the world’s first Feminist Moot was held by the Victoria University of Wellington Feminist Law Society (VUWFLS). The event was inspired by our experiences as young women in the legal profession, as well as in anticipation of the challenges entering New Zealand’s legal...

The value of friendship in law: Three lawyers from the class of ’64 reminisce

Collegiality and friendship in the legal community is important in a profession that is becoming increasingly digital. Perhaps the best people to ask about the value of human connection between old colleagues are ‘old colleagues’. John Upton QC, Sir David Carruthers and Geoff Thompson all graduated from the University of Victoria in...

The Innovators: Charlotte Baker, Legal Design Engineer at Wavelength

LawFest organiser Andrew King continues a series of interviews with key legal professionals with their innovation and technology stories.

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Access to justice

Public Defence Service: An important influence on criminal law practice

Public Defence Service: An important influence on criminal law practice

From a pilot scheme in Manukau in 2004, the Public Defence Service (PDS) has grown to an organisation with 10 offices and around 250 staff, 181 of whom are lawyers. It is having an important impact on the practice of criminal law. The Manukau pilot took off after Dame Margaret Bazley’s...
New technology aids access to justice

New technology aids access to justice

Better access to justice for all New Zealanders – especially people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups – has been a common theme behind many of the Law Foundation’s grants throughout its existence. Over the years, Foundation funding has improved access to justice in some way for groups as diverse as children,...

Lawyers battling for justice around the world

Human rights awardsThe International Rescue Committee and its President and CEO, David Miliband, have been announced as the 2019 recipient of the 11th Stockholm Human Rights Award. The award is jointly made by the Swedish Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Legal Assistance Consortium to an...
Pro Bono legal services support Canterbury Muslim community

Pro Bono legal services support Canterbury Muslim community

Six months after the Christchurch mosque attacks, pro bono legal services continue to make a difference to families of the victims. Lawyers in Canterbury have been involved in hundreds of pro bono cases involving families of the 51 people who died in the 15 March terrorist attacks. The free legal work would...

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Lawyers Complaints Service

Disciplinary charges against lawyers

In the recent Court of Appeal decision of Peter James Morahan v Wellington Standards Committee 2 [2019] NZCA 221, the Court of Appeal considered the status of conduct that occurred before the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 came into force. The Court of Appeal confirmed the role such conduct can...

Censured for incompetent advice and estate administration

Former lawyer Jennifer McDonnell has been censured and fined $8,000 by a lawyers standards committee. The committee found Ms McDonnell had provided negligent and/or incompetent advice to the beneficiaries of an estate which contributed to delay. This constituted unsatisfactory conduct. In late 2014, Ms McDonnell took instructions to prepare wills for Mr...

Unduly delayed file release

A lawyer who unduly delayed releasing files to a client’s new lawyer has been fined $1,000 by a lawyers standards committee. The lawyer, Cleveland, had acted for Mr Hampshire’s family trust and in the preparation of a new will for Mr Hampshire.

Consider confidentiality when storing documents as precedents

Some lawyers may not be giving “adequate consideration to their obligations of confidentiality in the retention and storage of documents for use as precedents,” a lawyers standards committee has said.

Order not to employ Sarah Buschman

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has made an order that no legal practitioner or incorporated firm employ Sarah Buschman in connection with the practitioner's or incorporated firm's practice. The order is made pursuant to section 242(1)(h)(ii) of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006, for so long as the...

Nola Kay Dangen suspended for two months

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has suspended Auckland lawyer Nola Kay Dangen from practice for two months from 23 September 2019. This follows admission by Ms Dangen of a charge of negligence in relation to her conduct as a property manager and welfare guardian for an elderly woman....

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