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What to do when you discover you've been hacked or defrauded

There are some nasty criminals out there, just waiting to infiltrate your IT system and steal all your money or that of your client. They’re well hidden under rocks somewhere on this globe and are rarely brought to justice. Which means if you’re involved in a New Zealand law firm…
Focus on Napier: the sunshine city that keeps on growing

Focus on Napier: the sunshine city that keeps on growing

Art Deco buildings and festivals, tip-top beaches, endless sun, a sporting culture, nearby vineyards, and a varied community are among many of Napier’s attributes. Which provides plenty of temptation for lawyers to take up jobs in the city or stay where they are. There’s all sorts for people of all types, and…

The lawyer who proved the doctors wrong

Vanassa McGoldrick isn’t one to let small things get her down. The Whangarei litigation lawyer has struggled all her life with health issues, having been diagnosed with a rare condition when she was born. Ms McGoldrick, who is 52, was born with Nail-Patella syndrome, and has no kneecaps or quadriceps muscles in…

Lawyer and journalist: the busy life and the many talents of Reina Vaai

Hereina Vaai is a busy person. She is a Public Defence Service lawyer, and a television journalist. Better known as Reina, being on the move is a lifestyle she enjoys. To Reina it is not tiring being constantly busy, it actually energises and encourages her to do more. Like some other lawyers,…

Carl Rowling — the Napier lawyer with the big-time boxing connection

Given the way business can be done in 2018, with everything a mere send button away, the opportunities for using a provincial town as a base have become increasingly within reach. Which is certainly the case for Carl Rowling, the Napier-based Director of Rowling Law & Strategy – a name that…

Helping hatch the stars of the future

Focused parents were one of the key reasons behind the career choice of Wellington tax lawyer and Pacific business mentor Arti Chand. Ms Chand grew up in Fiji and came to New Zealand to study law at Victoria University, completing LLB and BCA degrees. She was admitted as a barrister and…

What has been changing in the largest law firms?

With a number of major profession-wide initiatives underway to confront and tackle workplace cultural issues, individual legal workplaces have also been making changes. Between them, the 15 largest law firms in New Zealand (by lawyer numbers) are the workplaces of 27% of lawyers who work in firms with more than…

Does the legal profession have cultural capability?

New Zealand’s legal profession has a different ethnic composition to the wider population. At present 85% of lawyers are of European ethnicity, compared with 74% of our working age population. Change is coming, with Europeans comprising just 71% of those completing legal professionals in 2017 (“Lawyer ethnicity differs from New…

The Open Championship courses: A bucket list trip

I fell in golfing lust with the 1st tee at the Old Course in St Andrews the moment I laid eyes on it back in 2010. Since taking up the game at age 12, I’d always hoped that one day I would get the chance to play the Old Course…

How Judges Decide Cases — Reading, Writing and Analysing Judgments, 2nd edition

When I was eight years old I had to stay home from school for a week because of an ear infection. As I had an irresponsible parent (and only one at that), I was allowed to watch daytime television, which in those days consisted largely of soap operas like The Days…
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