New Zealand Law Society - LawTalk issue 848

LawTalk issue 848

LawTalk issue 848

Up-to-date technology can lift your bottom line

Don’t be surprised if next time you walk into a courtroom at least one of the lawyers is working from some sort of portable computing device. If you are the lawyer who is using a tablet or laptop, you won’t be surprised of course. Otherwise, what you will be witnessing is…

Why BYOD is important

With mobile devices becoming less expensive and more accessible, there has been an increase in people wanting to bring their own devices to work. This trend has been called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and although hailed as being beneficial for workplaces, the idea of outside technology being brought into a…

Case study: New system more efficient in every way

DAC Beachcroft New Zealand is in the process of completely changing its IT systems. The New Zealand firm is part of an international legal business group with more than 2,200 people across the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and North America. With offices in Auckland and Wellington, the New Zealand firm…

Case study: Replacing Small Business Server

East Auckland firm David Rooke Law specialises predominantly in property, commercial, family law and civil litigation. David Rooke is also a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Section and Property Law Section. David Rooke approached XSYS IT to provide recommendations to replace their ageing Microsoft Small Business Server. The new…

Encryption - Look before you leap

Lawyers should seek high quality, unbiased advice relating to their IT function before encrypting their client’s data, managing director of Mercury IT Peter Macleod says. He advises people to approach encryption with caution and says it is not a not one-size fits all solution. This comes after NSA Whistle-blower Edward Snowden said…

10 handy tablet apps for lawyers

PDF Expert NZ$12.99, iOS 7.0 or later This app lets you mark up PDF files from your iPad. You can import documents from email, Dropbox, iCloud, Google Docs, or other iPad applications. You can search text, highlight, underline, and strike through. It also lets you add bookmarks, freehand drawings, and comments. You…

From the Law Society

We have much to celebrate in terms of women in the law in New Zealand as we approach Women’s Equality Day on 26 August. Women’s Equality Day owes its existence to a lawyer, Bella Anzug. In 1971 she introduced legislation in the United States Congress which designated 26 August of…

People in the Law

A further 14 litigation experts have been appointed to the Pro-Bono Panel of Prosecutors for SPCA Auckland. This brings the total number of active panel members to 32. The new appointments are: Deb Bell, Steve Bonnar QC, Tiffany Cooper, Marc Corlett, Paul Dacre QC, Peter Davey, Christine Gordon QC, Stephen…

Law firm news

Simpson Grierson was awarded the Silver Award at the inaugural YWCA Equal Pay Awards announced in Auckland on 23 July. The firm was one of two winners of a silver award. Simpson Grierson “is clearly making leaps and bounds towards equal pay and has already put several systems in place…

Our Profession, Our People

Legal executive graduates celebrate successes The New Zealand Law Society Waikato Bay of Plenty Branch and the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives held two functions to celebrate the achievements of the legal executives graduating with the New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Diploma. Rotorua, Tauranga and Gisborne legal executives were presented…

Young lawyer committed to social change

Young lawyer David Tong spreads himself across a plethora of different causes. Perhaps unsurprisingly one which he feels very passionate about is ensuring children make the most of their gifts. A former trustee of the Gifted Education Centre, he is now the chair of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education,…

What happened to the dentists?

For years and years, conversations about suicide would inevitably include someone in the group saying: “Apparently dentists have the highest suicide rate out of all the professions.” Then there would be a little joke along the lines of: “I’d feel the same if I had to stare into peoples’ mouths…

So, how did you get to work on 5 March 2013?

New Zealand lawyers who went to work on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 were far more likely to use public transport and twice as likely to walk or jog than all New Zealand workers. That day was, of course, the national census. Information obtained from Statistics New Zealand on the main means…

Scambuster

Reports of hacked New Zealand law firm computer systems seem to be becoming more prevalent. This reinforces the need for a rigorous approach to ensuring IT security systems are kept updated and are regularly checked. Last month a number of New Zealand lawyers received an email purporting to come from a…

Constitutional and Administrative Law in New Zealand, 4th edition

Reviewed by Jason McHerron Twenty one years ago, Philip Joseph wrote the first specialist public law text covering constitutional and administrative law from a distinctively New Zealand perspective. In his foreword to the second edition in 2001, Lord Cooke described Professor Joseph as New Zealand’s leading public law academic, praising his…

The bookshelf

A Blighted Fame: George S Evans 1802-1868, A Life By Helen Riddiford English barrister, editor and politician George Evans was one of the first lawyers to arrive in Wellington, on 7 March 1840. Described as “reckless and unpredictable”, he was one of the key promoters of the colonisation of New Zealand. Helen…

Reasonableness of credit fees

The Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Amendment Act 2014 was given the Royal Assent on 6 June. The Act makes a number of changes to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003. (See also Introduction of Principles of Responsible Lending, LawTalk 840, 28 April 2014, p 28). One of the changes…

Law reform report

Immigration partnership proposal should not proceed, Law Society says The proposal to partner Immigration New Zealand (INZ) with the immigration professionals industry should not proceed any further, the New Zealand Law Society says. INZ’s Potential Industry Partnership between INZ and the Immigration Professionals Industry discussion document encompasses INZ’s Vision 2015 of moving…

Lawyers Complaints Service: Struck off for failing to honour undertaking

Christopher Giddens has been struck off after he admitted that he failed to honour an undertaking. The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal found Mr Giddens, who now lives in Australia, guilty of misconduct in [2014] NZLCDT 40. The undertaking was provided on behalf of Mr Giddens by his attorney during…

Lawyers Complaints Service: Strike off follows drug convictions

Former Police prosecutor Brent William Thomson of Auckland has been struck off after he was convicted of using and possessing methamphetamine and possessing cannabis. In [2014] NZLCDT 38 the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal found Mr Thomson guilty of misconduct, as he had been convicted of offences punishable by…

Lawyers Complaints Service: Lawyer who left NZ while facing serious driving charges suspended

Michaela Greaney has been censured and suspended from practice for two years from 9 July 2013, the date she was removed from the register of practising lawyers, after she left New Zealand while facing serious driving charges. By leaving the country, Ms Greaney failed to appear in court to answer those…

Lawyers Complaints Service: Strict adherence to Nominee Company Rules required

The Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) has ordered a lawyer, C, to pay $5,000 to a Ms D who had invested funds personally and through her family trust into C’s firm’s nominee company. In LCRO 278/2012, the LCRO considered whether adherence to the Nominee Company Rules is a requirement of strict…
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