New Zealand Law Society - LawTalk issue 929

LawTalk issue 929

LawTalk issue 929

The June issue of the Law Society’s magazine LawTalk takes a look at the New Zealand legal employment scene and some of the issues the legal services industry is facing. As well as continuing our focus on access to justice and health and wellbeing, this issue also includes a wide range of information on New Zealand law and the legal profession.

Reforms take family justice backwards, Law Foundation research finds

Reforms take family justice backwards, Law Foundation research finds

Most family justice professionals believe the system has been made worse by the 2014 reforms, a major Law Foundation-funded study has found. The Otago University research found that around three-quarters of professionals, many of them lawyers, felt the system had become worse or much worse since 2014. More than 80% had…

Imprisonment imposed for violent attack on dog

Rocka, before he was euthanised. Please note that the following article contains explicit details of a violent attack on an animal and the suffering caused. In a recent animal welfare prosecution, (Auckland Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals v Serrin Rawiri Rickard MacPherson [2019] NZDC 4102) the…
Talking about mental health: How does that make you feel?

Talking about mental health: How does that make you feel?

How does that make you feel? is a short graphic novel by Sarah Laing. It is part of a series co-ordinated by Sarah Taylor which focuses on mental health issues in the legal profession.

Two recent legal books

Principles of Criminal Law, 5th editionBy Andrew P Simester and Warren Brookbanks As the title states, this is a comprehensive analysis of the principles which underlie New Zealand’s criminal law. A logical arrangement starts with a chapter on the definition and application of criminal law and a final, 21st chapter ending…
Four cases about footpaths

Four cases about footpaths

Once solely the domain of people on foot, footpaths are increasingly contested space in a world of e-and non-e scooters, growing cycle traffic, skateboards, and, of course cars crossing them (rule 4.4 of the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 requires a driver entering or exiting a driveway to give…

Law on the Telly: Street Legal

Street Legal was an Auckland-based legal series centred round a lawyer, David Silesi, and his many trials (literally and metaphorically) and tribulations. Based, as Gary Gotlieb told me in his April 2019 LawPoints profile on his own career, it ran over four seasons and racked up a remarkable 52 episodes, as…

Letters to the Editor

People in the Law

Sir Ian Barker QC retires after more than 60 years in the law

Sir Ian Barker QC retires after more than 60 years in the law

Auckland-based former High Court Judge Sir Ian Barker QC has had a remarkable career that stretches back to the late 1950s. It’s a story that reads and feels as if two men were doing his law work as his immense contribution leaves you pondering whether it was possible for one man…
Fizzy drinks, baked beans and eggs fuelled mature student

Fizzy drinks, baked beans and eggs fuelled mature student

Viv d'Or Viv d’Or, lawyer at Viv d’Or Law, Petone and Tauranga.The oldest of five children, Hutt-based lawyer Viv d’Or had a diverse life before law, working in a number of different roles, including being an orchardist and a television producer. She didn’t start to study law until she was 53. Viv’s…
The Innovators: Nick Whitehouse, Co-founder and CEO, McCarthyFinch

The Innovators: Nick Whitehouse, Co-founder and CEO, McCarthyFinch

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

Herman Visagie

Kia ora koutou It is my pleasure as the newly elected Vice-President Central North Island to be writing the introductory comments for this month’s LawTalk to introduce myself and comment on a few areas of interest to me.

Does New Zealand's use of imprisonment breach the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act?

In New Zealand a person can be sentenced for one or more of the following purposes under the Sentencing Act 2002: accountability of the offender, responsibility for and acknowledgement of harm by the offender, to provide for the interests of the victim, reparation, denunciation, deterrence, protection of the community and…

Social enterprise report a catalyst for change?

A recent Law Foundation-backed report could be the catalyst for a revamp of the law governing social enterprises – organisations that trade to deliver a social or environmental impact. The report, Structuring for Impact: Evolving Legal Structures for Businesses in New Zealand, finds that current law is preventing social enterprises from…

BeeGee the inspiration for Rugby World Cup star and Crown lawyer

Mike Mika doesn’t come from a family of lawyers but he was inspired in his two quests in life by a legend of rugby who went on to become a top lawyer. The loosehead prop starred for Otago, Southland and the Highlanders in the 1990s, played for a top English club…

Alternative Dispute Resolution


Talent starved: The state of the legal employment market

Talent starved: The state of the legal employment market

Legal jobs coming out of our ears! That appears to be the (slightly overstated for effect) view of some of New Zealand’s legal recruiters. Lawyers with 3-6 years’ post-qualifying experience (PQE) tend to go overseas or elsewhere, leaving a big gap in that experience level. And if you’re experienced in…

Making the move: Finding that first job in law

Finding that first legal job is a non-linear process: no two pathways appear to be the same. Each role within the profession is a destination with a unique story from the person who ended up filling it. What opportunities and facilities are currently available for first roles in law? The Law…
The delicate balance: Part time/flexible work

The delicate balance: Part time/flexible work

There is no one size fits all to working part-time or flexibly, but more and more legal professionals are wanting to take more control of their lives and achieve that elusive work/life balance. While a major reason why people want to work less hours or re-jig their working hours is to…

Carrots need to be bigger: Enticing young talent to the provinces

LawTalk’s regular Focus On series has shone a light on the issues and the successes of legal fraternities in smaller centres around the country. And one issue that this particular writer has regularly come across while writing those articles is the difficulty in attracting lawyers – especially new and new-ish…

London calling: NZ lawyers in the UK

Many young New Zealanders travel abroad each year and traditionally the first work stop has been London. For young admitted lawyers it’s considered to be a great place to hone their legal skills. Rosamund More is a senior consultant at recruitment agency Robert Walters in London. She grew up in Invercargill…

The New Zealand legal employment map

It’s not surprising that a much higher proportion of lawyers can be found in our seven major urban areas than the whole country’s population. They are the headquarters of businesses and government agencies, the powerhouses for major projects, and also the catchment of the largest groups of consumers with their…

Access to Justice

Lawyers Complaints Service

Mohammed Idris Hanif struck off roll of barristers and solicitors

Mohammed Idris Hanif has been struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal. In 2018 Mr Hanif was found guilty of knowingly providing false and misleading information to Immigration New Zealand and was sentenced to 10 months home detention.   Mr Hanif had acted…

Censure and fine for incompetence

A lawyer who did not provide competent advice has been censured and fined $4,000. The lawyer, Meagles, acted for Mrs Pawkins and her adult son when they bought a residential property. At the time, Mrs Pawkins and her husband had separated and were living apart.

Danger in relying on an interpreter

When a lawyer has a client and an interpreter is required, relying on an intermediary to the extent that all communication is through them seems to be “fraught with danger”, a lawyers standards committee has said. The committee was considering a complaint from a client who instructed the lawyer, Flite, and…

Fined for lack of respect and courtesy

A lawyer has been fined $1,000 after his conduct in an employment related meeting was found to be “deliberately aggressive, overbearing and overly personalised”. The lawyer, Carton, represented an employee at a meeting with her employer. The employer was represented at the meeting by the employee’s manager and an HR representative.


Legal Technology

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