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Be very clear if you are not acting

A lawyers standards committee has assessed the actions of a lawyer as “not particularly wise”, serving as a reminder for other lawyers. The lawyer did not believe she had been instructed and the committee could not find persuasive evidence she had been engaged. However, the lawyer met with a party…
General Election 2017: 5 questions on justice policies

General Election 2017: 5 questions on justice policies

As an organisation at the forefront of law reform, the New Zealand Law Society has a major interest in presenting the policies and proposals for changes in New Zealand’s justice system. Parties which are registered to contest the 23 September General Election were sent five questions related to the justice…

Censure and fine for failing to pay barrister

Keith Jefferies who was acting as an instructing solicitor has been censured and fined $3,000 for failing to pay the fees of a barrister. The barrister complained that Mr Jefferies did not pay her fees promptly and in full as required under rule 10.7 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers:…

What are your party’s views on the extension of the anti-money laundering legislation (AML/CFT Act 2009) to lawyers and other professions, and the timeframe it is being worked in?

The Opportunities Party The Opportunities Party is all about fairness and evidence-based policy. We are a new party and have not completed sufficient research on the extension of the anti-money laundering legislation to lawyers and other professions to have assessed the evidence on this complex topic. Therefore, at present The Opportunities…
The pathway to becoming a judge

The pathway to becoming a judge

How does a lawyer become a judge? Is it a case of getting the nod, being handpicked, or the natural progression for a Queen’s Counsel? Do you even have to be a litigation lawyer? The judiciary is the arm of our democracy that is independent of executive and politicians. The financial rewards…
Five money laundering myths for lawyers to avoid

Five money laundering myths for lawyers to avoid

Much has been written about lawyers and money laundering. Some of it alarming, some apprehensive, and some plain wrong. But, as Gary Hughes observed (LawTalk 908), for most lawyers, anti-money laundering is manageable. Gary offered five steps that firms can take now. This article shares five myths that lawyers should avoid.…

Court costs: end of the lawyer-litigant exception

In Joint Action Funding Ltd v Eichelbaum [2017] NZCA 249 the Court of Appeal has concluded that the rule that litigants in person are not entitled to recover costs except in exceptional cases should now extend to lawyer-litigants. The previous exception, that lawyer-litigants can recover their costs of a proceeding,…
What are we here for? Rethinking the role of the legal function within BT

What are we here for? Rethinking the role of the legal function within BT

I first met Dan Fitz when he was being interviewed by Harvard Law School as part of their case studies for the Leadership in Corporate Counsel programme. His approach to organising UK telecommunications company BT’s legal services stood out as truly innovative, in the face of all-too-familiar financial restraint. Afterwards,…
What it’s like to start your own law firm?

What it’s like to start your own law firm?

The idea of starting her own business percolated for about two years before Helen Mackay decided to make the move out on her own. “I’ve always been an in-house lawyer, so the idea of opening a traditional law firm never appealed to me. But the emerging demand for an alternative…
Social enterprises and legal structure options in NZ

Social enterprises and legal structure options in NZ

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. Alice: I don’t much care where. The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go. - Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland Last…
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