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Fake designer handbags, fake news, fake lawyers...

You’ve got to be careful. Things may not be what they seem. Fake lawyers are not all that uncommon, it turns out. Here are some (mostly) recent examples: New ZealandWith irregular communications and uncertain constitutional arrangements, the qualifications of early lawyers were sometimes suspect. The first Chief Justice, Sir William Martin,…
Working separately but together: A profile of Barristers Chambers in Dunedin

Working separately but together: A profile of Barristers Chambers in Dunedin

Otago has a strong Independent Bar. It is a work style that particularly suits lawyers who are managing the demands of practising law in sync with other commitments such as being involved with Otago University, being a member of various boards or writing books. That is, perhaps, the appeal of not…
Focus on Timaru: House prices and schooling major drawcards to Riviera of the South

Focus on Timaru: House prices and schooling major drawcards to Riviera of the South

It is hard to attract experienced young lawyers to Timaru, and to make matters worse, the pool isn’t great for someone looking for a soulmate to keep them in the South Canterbury centre. While recent law graduates will grab anything going, finding lawyers with two or three years’ experience is difficult,…

Seamless return to the Bar for former Attorney-General

Chris Finlayson standing outside an imposing buildingHaving been a “lawyer in politics”, former Attorney-General Chris Finlayson QC says he will find the transition back to law an easy one. Mr Finlayson was Attorney-General throughout the nine years of the National-led Government, as well as being Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations…

Lawyer loses bid to have costs covered

The Court of Appeal has declined Wellington lawyer Papali’i Toti Lagolago leave to appeal a High Court decision in relation to costs. Ms Lagolago had faced charges in the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal in relation to her role in representing clients in litigation proceedings which ultimately failed. The Tribunal…

Brian Robert Ellis struck off roll of barristers and solicitors

Auckland lawyer Brian Robert Ellis has been struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors of the High Court by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal. The tribunal had found Mr Ellis guilty of misconduct. In June 2018 in another matter it found he had acted for a client…

Acted for clients when conflicted

Names used in this article are fictitious A lawyer who acted for clients when he was conflicted has been censured and fined $5,000 by a lawyers standards committee. Mr Jingle and Ms Mannette instructed the lawyer, Peggotty, to act for them on the purchase of a residential property. Peggotty informed Mr Jingle…

How can the legal profession retain talented women?

At the recent Women in Law Summit in Auckland in September, Ann Brennan chaired a panel with Steph Dyhrberg, Fionnghuala Cuncannon, Dr Maria Pozza and Helen Mackay, speaking on the topic ‘Why is there is an exodus of women from the legal profession and how can we retain our female…

AML/CFT compliance: Emerging practical issues

On 1 July 2018 many lawyers became reporting entities under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act 2009. Reporting entities are those who undertake ‘captured activities’ which includes activities listed in the definition of “designated non-financial business or profession” in section 5 of the Act. If you are…

The Criminal Cases Review Comission

On 27 September 2018 Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced a bill to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). Its purpose is to review convictions and sentences and decide whether to refer them to the appeal court. The bill will replace the current referral power exercised by the Governor-General under section…
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