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Ian Haynes was conferred with an honorary master’s degree and a Fellowship of the College of Law at the college’s autumn awards ceremony in Sydney on 4 May. Mr Haynes is one of 13 inaugural Honorary Fellows of the college, the others hailing from Australia. An Auckland lawyer, Mr Haynes is Chairman of The College of Law New Zealand. He holds senior roles in LAWASIA and chairs the Spencer Mason Trust. He is a Past President of the New Zealand Law Society and is a former Judicial Conduct Commissioner.

Auckland lawyer Lyn Lim has been reappointed to the Council of Auckland University of Technology. A partner of Forest Harrison, a firm she founded in 2006, Ms Lim specialises in commercial, corporate and governance issues and in litigation and dispute resolution. Her governance roles include the Public Trust, and she is deputy chair of the ASB Community Trust, trustee of the Asia New Zealand Foundation and a member of the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board.

Law firm news

Hannah Carter and Michael Chung have established a new practice, Carter Chung Law (formerly Michael Chung Law). Carter Chung Law is a boutique firm based in Wellington offering a wide range of private as well as commercial services for small to medium businesses. Michael specialises in trust law and in guiding commercial enterprises through periods of change with both legal and strategic advice. Hannah began working with Michael in 2011 and joined him in partnership in 2015. She specialises in commercial and employment matters.

Nominations and elections for branch councils

Auckland, Waikato Bay of Plenty and Wellington

Auckland, Waikato Bay of Plenty and Wellington Branches have called for nominations for New Zealand Law Society branch Council members.

Nominations must be received by end of 22 May 2015. If an election is required these branches utilise the electronic election process and voting will open on 2 June 2015 and close 19 June 2015.

To ensure you receive information relating to the elections please make sure the Law Society has your correct email address (only those without email addresses will be provided with a postal voting pack).

Gallipoli commemorations 

The wreath that was laid at Gallipoli on 25 April for the New Zealand Law Society, 100 years after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landings in 1915.

For the Law Society, Ian Todd, Andrew McKenzie and Roger Laybourn laid the wreath on behalf of New Zealand’s lawyers to remember all members of the legal profession who served in World War I and the 10 lawyers who were killed while fighting at Gallipoli.

The 10 soldiers who died at Gallipoli, whose names were inscribed on a card attached to the wreath, were: Lieutenant Herman Baddeley, Second Lieutenant Eric Burnard, Major James Houlker, Trooper George Jackson, Lieutenant Colonel William Malone, Major George Mayne, Lance Corporal Harry Northcroft, Corporal John Persse, Captain Arthur Spedding and Lieutenant George Taylor.

Law student helping in Nepal

Canterbury University law student Sam Johnson, who led the Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch earthquakes, has flown to Nepal to assist in the urgent aid work after the 25 April earthquake.

Sam accepted an urgent invitation to go to Kathmandu on behalf of the Student Volunteer Army from the Global Peace Foundation and Nepalese Ministry of Youth who work closely with the Asia Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance. Sam is a co-chair of the alliance. He will focus on working with local youth groups to facilitate various response movements.

The situation in Nepal has similarities to post-earthquake Christchurch in that there are areas that are severely damaged and other areas that are not so damaged. “We will be focusing on areas that aren’t so damaged,” he says.

“We have about 50 young people in our network in Nepal who have been asking for advice on what to do, together with the large international community wanting to help. We are willing and able to do whatever is needed, provided it’s safe and we take care of the volunteers.”

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