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When health becomes unhealthy

When health becomes unhealthy

As a health and wellbeing professional I spend a lot of time advising, encouraging and inspiring people to do more ‘healthy’ things. We all understand that we need to look after ourselves to perform at our best, whether that’s physically, mentally or emotionally. The latest New Zealand Health Survey, in 2015/16,…

From law to banking and back to law

Deeanne Taylor’s passion for the law blossomed at a very young age. However, it took a period of reflection during her time as a junior solicitor, changing careers and working overseas, for her to re-evaluate her approach to the realities of the legal profession and return to the law in…

No instructing solicitor and failure to release a client’s file

A barrister, M, has been fined $4,000 for failing to release a client’s file. It also appeared that he did not have an instructing solicitor. This followed a lawyers standards committee making two findings of unsatisfactory conduct against M. M was instructed to act for Q who had been removed from his…

Trust account breaches

A lawyer, K, has been censured and fined $1,000 by the Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) for a series of breaches relating to the operation of his trust account. When a lawyers standards committee considered the breaches, it determined that the matter be referred to the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers…

Corrections-funded alcohol interlock licence second pilot

From 3 July 2017 the Department of Corrections will fund a further 240 alcohol interlock devices for eligible offenders on community sentences. Findings from the first pilot, which began on October 2015, showed that an alcohol interlock is more effective when probation officers have greater oversight. The second phase of the…

Signing and registering instrument without authority

A former lawyer who signed, certified and registered a mortgage priority instrument on behalf of a trust without the authority of one of the trustees, has been censured by a lawyers standards committee. The committee found that the lawyer, E, was guilty of unsatisfactory conduct. E acted for Mr F, who was…

Focus on Whanganui

There are plenty of great career opportunities for mid-career lawyers in Whanganui. Former Auckland lawyer Simon Badger has just been made a partner at Treadwell Gordon, after moving to the city and joining the firm last year. “That was probably a five-year acceleration of what my career opportunities would have been…

Duty to make client’s position clear

When clients are remanded in custody and seek an early fixture date, defence counsel “have a duty make the client’s position clear to the court and seek to accommodate the clients’ instructions,” a lawyers standards committee has said. A client complained about his lawyer, B, who was appointed on legal aid.…
Five things you can do now to prepare for the introduction of AML/CFT regulation

Five things you can do now to prepare for the introduction of AML/CFT regulation

Plenty has been written about looming Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regulation for lawyers, some of it quite anxious. At present, lawyers must target 1 July 2018 to have a fully working compliance programme in place. With Parliamentary select committee hearings taking place at the time of writing,…
Knowingly or recklessly selling sick or diseased animals

Knowingly or recklessly selling sick or diseased animals

A 10-year prohibition against an animal welfare offender from owning or exercising authority over animals was recently imposed in a prosecution conducted by the Auckland SPCA. In SPCA Auckland v Xiang Max Bai [2017] NZDC 5204, the defendant was accused of selling ill puppies without disclosing that they were suffering from…
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