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How to pick a mediator

Most lawyers, and some clients, get the potential benefits of mediation. Cost/time saving, stress reduction, relationship preservation, confidentiality, blah blah blah. But once the decision has been made to go to mediation, how to find a mediator? And not just any mediator – the right one for that dispute? What follows…

The President of the New Zealand Law Society: Kathryn Beck

Kathryn BeckWhat stands out for you over the three years you have been Law Society President? The people. Throughout the last few years I have been consistently heartened by the quality of the people we have in our profession. I have come across extraordinary generosity of spirit. People who give of…
The Borrin Foundation: Making a difference to New Zealand, through the law

The Borrin Foundation: Making a difference to New Zealand, through the law

“We believe law is essential to a flourishing society – one that is just, inclusive, tolerant and free. Our vision is of an Aotearoa New Zealand where everyone understands the role and value of the law, and everyone enjoys the protection and opportunity that it provides.” – the Michael and…

Tiana Epati

Tiana EpatiWhat are the issues which are facing New Zealand’s legal profession? The issues affecting the profession are considerable but also extremely varied. Currently, we face the pressing need for fundamental culture change, major advances in artificial intelligence and technology, increase in regulation, and access to justice for many in our…

The Irish R.M: Justice a mere sideline in historical magistrates series

This semi-comical television series, a joint Irish-British production, was as much about class and servitude as it was about the serving of justice. The R.M. in the title refers to the Resident Magistrates which the United Kingdom (which at the time included all of Ireland) sent out to the colonies to…

Proposed AML/CFT class exemption for barristers sole supported

The Law Society says it continues to support the limited class exemption for barristers sole from the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Funding of Terrorism Act 2009 which is sought by the New Zealand Bar Association. The Law Society has made a second submission on a second Ministry of Justice consultation…

The Government's lawman: David Parker, Attorney-General

David ParkerAs Attorney-General in Helen Clark’s third and final government, David Parker was the logical choice to take on the role in the Coalition government that was formed in October 2017. This time round, the former Dunedin lawyer and co-founder of the Community Law Centre has several meaty roles in the…

The Innovators: Erin Ebborn

LawFest organiser Andrew King continues a series of interviews with key legal professionals with their innovation and technology stories.

Auckland barrister, homeless advocate and a judge champion new night shelter for homeless

Jo Wickcliffe An Auckland barrister, a homeless advocate and a District Court Judge are driving the development of a new night shelter for homeless people, due to open before the winter. Queen Street in the central city is often dotted with people begging and sleeping rough all year round. Many of them…
Strata/Units and Urban Development

Strata/Units and Urban Development

In late February and early March, the Australian College of Strata Lawyers (ACSL) held its conference in Auckland. New Zealand’s Unit Titles Acts (both 1972 and 2010) have drawn heavily on Australian models, and there is much to be learned from cross-jurisdictional study. This short article editorialises on some key…
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