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Lawyers responsible for partnership obligations

All lawyers must take personal responsibility to ensure professional obligations are adhered to, the Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) said when confirming a lawyers standards committee decision. The committee fined all three partners of a law firm (firm A) $3,500 each for failing to comply with an LCRO order. In February 2013…

Fined for threatening for improper purpose

A lawyer who made a threat for an improper purpose was guilty of unsatisfactory conduct, despite maintaining that he had done nothing wrong. The Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) made this finding in LCRO 8/2014  (16 October 2017)  and fined the lawyer, Harmon, $1,000. This reversed a decision of a lawyers standards committee…

Bohsoon (Brent) Kahn fined for unsatisfactory conduct

Auckland lawyer Bohsoon Kang has been fined $5,000 by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal after a finding of unsatisfactory conduct. Mr Kang has also been ordered to pay the New Zealand Law Society’s total costs of $16,299 and to undertake a Trust Account Supervisor Refresher Course as soon…

Diane Faye Low censured and fined

Orewa lawyer Diane Faye Low has been censured and fined $8,000 by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal. She has also been ordered to pay total costs of $12,856, to engage and pay for a consultant lawyer for two years to undertake a monthly review of her trust account…

Failed to honour agreement

Boon Gunn Hong has been censured and fined $7,500 for unsatisfactory conduct by a lawyers standards committee. Mr Hong was acting for a client who had separated from his wife. A dispute arose about the meaning of a Family Court decision and the effect that would have on distribution of the residue…

Kiwi lawyer’s exposé of inaction into murder, abuse and exploitation on the high seas

A New Zealand lawyer has completed a PhD on transnational criminal law at Melbourne Law School that reveals the horrors of life in the South-east Asian fishing industry and the lack of political will to change it. Thomas Harré’s focus was on how transnational criminal law relates to the human trafficking…

Timothy Slack struck off the roll

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that Timothy Upton Slack be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors. He admitted a charge that, having been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment, that conviction reflected on his fitness to practice, and/or tended to bring the legal…
Paradise to the courthouse in just under half an hour

Paradise to the courthouse in just under half an hour

Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf is connected to the mainland by ferries that set off every half hour during working hours. This gives the small group of practitioners based there easy access to the Auckland CBD. According to ferry operator Fullers, Waiheke Island boasts “92 square kilometres of pristine beaches,…
A law student perspective: how the future should look

A law student perspective: how the future should look

“A lot of law firms want to put our names on them as a student, but we also need to feel that we can put our names on them as a firm.” 2018 has so far seen the legal profession saturated in allegations of sexual harassment, assault and bullying occurring in…
When a client is too much: Dealing with tricky customers

When a client is too much: Dealing with tricky customers

It’s a lawyer’s duty to work for their client, but some clients seem far more trouble than they are worth and end up in the too-hard basket. You may already be thinking of Mrs B “who always pays four months late”; but challenging clients are not always those unwilling to part…
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