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BIM released

The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has published its Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM) following the 2023 General Election. BIMs are formal documents provided to new ministers when they pick up portfolios in Government. The reports are a key part of a briefing process which also…

Update on delays in probate processing

Over the past few months, lawyers have provided us with feedback and concerns about delays in the processing of probate applications. We have raised these concerns with the Registrar and Court manager, including the suggestion of increasing the threshold for requiring probate or letters of administration before a deceased’s funds…

Honourable Rex Mason Prize for Legal Writing 2023

The Honourable Rex Mason Prize for Legal Writing was again competed for in 2023. The prize is managed by the Wellington branch of the Law Society, as trustee for the Honourable Rex Mason Trust.

Winner of the 2023 New Zealand Law Foundation Cleary Memorial Prize

Oliver Fredrickson has been announced as the winner of the 2023 Cleary Memorial Prize
“Your work matters” - Family Law Conference success

“Your work matters” - Family Law Conference success

Four hundred and eighty-six people attended the two-day Family Law conference in Christchurch last week. Organised by NZLS CLE with a theme of connection, it was the first in-person conference for two years that lawyers from across the motu could attend and included a rich variety of presentations, break-out sessions…

In case you missed it: Independent Review and freelance practising model

A new freelance practising model was one of the recommendations from the Independent Review, but the Law Society says that further consideration would be needed to ensure a balance of greater flexibility with appropriate mechanisms to protect consumers.
Law Society’s Esera and Rusbatch named Elite Women

Law Society’s Esera and Rusbatch named Elite Women

The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa would like to congratulate both its Vice President (Wellington) Ataga’i Esera, and Chief Executive Katie Rusbatch and on their inclusion in NZ Lawyer magazine’s Elite Women list for 2023.

Governance at the Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa (the Law Society) is seeking feedback on potential changes to its Constitution.

Expressions of interest sought for arbitrators and mediators

The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa and the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) are seeking expressions of interest from those who have arbitration or mediation experience, and who wish to be considered for appointment by either organisation. In particular we are looking for…

Costs of practice survey released

A survey looking at the costs of running a legal practice has been sent to all law firms, sole practitioners, and barristers across Aotearoa New Zealand.
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