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Contemplating loss

Walking into a prison hidden behind stark concrete walls, the first thing you notice is the apparent calm, a calmness which you cannot feel. There is no sense of foreboding as you follow the broken line from the gatehouse to visits. There is no discernible crackle in the air. The…

Pro bono and CLC and CAB work

I have read the article titled “Finding a match – how well does pro bono work in New Zealand?” by Craig Stephen (LawTalk 928, May 2019). Respectfully, I wish to request a correction/expansion to the statement at paragraph 9 that: “[S]ection 9 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 imposes restrictions on…

Herman Visagie

Herman Visagie, Vice-President Central North IslandKia ora koutou It is my pleasure as the newly elected Vice-President Central North Island to be writing the introductory comments for this month’s LawTalk to introduce myself and comment on a few areas of interest to me. I am a proud bi-cultural kiwi. I was born in…

Two recent legal books

Principles of Criminal Law, 5th editionBy Andrew P Simester and Warren Brookbanks As the title states, this is a comprehensive analysis of the principles which underlie New Zealand’s criminal law. A logical arrangement starts with a chapter on the definition and application of criminal law and a final, 21st chapter ending…

Access to Justice — Pro bono

I note in [Craig Stephen’s] article regarding pro bono work, mention was made of the restrictions of practitioners “carrying unpaid work out with CLCs and CABs…. Lawyers could be found guilty of misconduct if they do so.” [page 62]. Now before our sterling volunteers who contribute many hours of unpaid…

Court security

I refer to [Ministry of Justice Chief Operating Officer Carl] Crafer’s [response to a letter about court security and the searching of lawyers] published in issue 928 of LawTalk May 2019. Unfortunately, he does not explain why he decided to distinguish between lawyers employed by the Ministry of Justice and…
Talking about mental health: How does that make you feel?

Talking about mental health: How does that make you feel?

How does that make you feel? is a short graphic novel by Sarah Laing. It is part of a series co-ordinated by Sarah Taylor which focuses on mental health issues in the legal profession.
The Innovators: Nick Whitehouse, Co-founder and CEO, McCarthyFinch

The Innovators: Nick Whitehouse, Co-founder and CEO, McCarthyFinch

LawFest organiser Andrew King continues a series of interviews with key legal professionals with their innovation and technology stories.
Social enterprise report a catalyst for change?

Social enterprise report a catalyst for change?

A recent Law Foundation-backed report could be the catalyst for a revamp of the law governing social enterprises – organisations that trade to deliver a social or environmental impact. The report, Structuring for Impact: Evolving Legal Structures for Businesses in New Zealand, finds that current law is preventing social enterprises from…

London calling: NZ lawyers in the UK

Many young New Zealanders travel abroad each year and traditionally the first work stop has been London. For young admitted lawyers it’s considered to be a great place to hone their legal skills. Rosamund More is a senior consultant at recruitment agency Robert Walters in London. She grew up in Invercargill…
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