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Fined for three rule breaches

A lawyer has been fined $3,000 for discussing his client’s case with another client, for failing to treat his client with respect, and failing to respond to his client in a timely manner. When making the three findings of unsatisfactory conduct by the lawyer, the lawyers standards committee said it considered…
La vie en rose: My experience of the Paris International Training Programme

La vie en rose: My experience of the Paris International Training Programme

As the world’s most popular tourist destination, there is a lot to love about France. The country is beloved for its café culture and UNESCO-protected gastronomy, countless landmarks and cultural icons, the romance of Paris, the magic of the French Riviera – the list goes on. While I could spend days…
Pushing the boundaries of corporate social responsibility

Pushing the boundaries of corporate social responsibility

What started as a lunchtime seminar in a Christchurch law firm was soon to transform into an international partnership with three lawyers travelling to Vietnam to advise an NGO dealing with victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. It was an unlikely but very real experience which for that firm has…

Files on stolen laptop not protected

A barrister who failed to place file protection on her work laptop, which was then stolen, has been censured and fined $1,500 by a lawyers standards committee. The barrister, Norfolk, had a separate office on her residential property, which was broken into and her work laptop taken. A complaint was subsequently received…

Censure and fine for delay in submitting visa application

A lawyer has been fined $5,000 and his employee has been censured after they failed to submit their client’s visa application in a timely manner. A lawyers standards committee found unsatisfactory conduct both by the lawyer, Gloucester, and the employee of the lawyer, Lancashire. The complainants were two foreign nationals who arrived…

150 years on

On 3 September, the Law Society will arrive at exactly 150 years since it was first organised under the New Zealand Law Society’s Act 1869. I could go on about the detailed history, and what happened in 1897. I could talk about the fact that in that year, not long…
Recruiting and retaining staff: Standing out to keep good employees

Recruiting and retaining staff: Standing out to keep good employees

“Any firm that doesn’t see their staff as their number one asset will not prosper.” – Sheryll Carey, ALPMA NZ committee member. According to the 2019 ALPMA (Australasian Legal Practice Management Association) NZ Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey, retention and attraction were the biggest challenges for 94% of responding…

Experienced arbitration lawyers aiming to make New Zealand a Pacific arbitration hub

Some experienced New Zealand lawyers who’ve worked overseas in arbitration have returned home for the Kiwi lifestyle and to help create more opportunities for international work now available here. Coming back to the green pastures and, perhaps, the simpler life of New Zealand is not an easy decision to make –…

Law Commission recommends a new Act for dividing property when people separate

The Law Commission has concluded its review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (PRA) by recommending an overhaul of the way couples should divide property when they separate. The Commission proposes Parliament repeal the PRA and replace it with a new Act. Although the new Act would contain some familiar…

The Zero Carbon Bill – a framework for New Zealand’s climate change journey

Climate change is happening, and it is happening now. And it is caused by human activity. There is overwhelming scientific consensus about this (eg, BD Santer “Celebrating the anniversary of three key events in climate change science” Nature Climate Change, 25 February 2019).
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