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Top barrister not afraid of a fight: Belinda Sellars QC

For Belinda Sellars it has always been about the underdog. From her days as a junior in the District Court representing some of Auckland’s most determined drink drivers, to her current post as one of the country’s top criminal barristers, Ms Sellars does not shy away from a fight.
The value  of friendship in law: Three lawyers from the class of ’64 reminisce

The value of friendship in law: Three lawyers from the class of ’64 reminisce

Collegiality and friendship in the legal community is important in a profession that is becoming increasingly digital. Perhaps the best people to ask about the value of human connection between old colleagues are ‘old colleagues’. John Upton QC, Sir David Carruthers and Geoff Thompson all graduated from the University of Victoria in...
Reflections on a ground-breaking Feminist Moot

Reflections on a ground-breaking Feminist Moot

In July, what is likely to be the world’s first Feminist Moot was held by the Victoria University of Wellington Feminist Law Society (VUWFLS). The event was inspired by our experiences as young women in the legal profession, as well as in anticipation of the challenges entering New Zealand’s legal...

Wellington via golf, Gore and Glasgow

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Honor Kerry spent the first four years of her life living in the Shetland Islands, the northern- most point of Scotland. “My parents wanted to move back to the Scottish mainland when it came time for me to start school but they felt that, as a teacher...

Unduly delayed file release

A lawyer who unduly delayed releasing files to a client’s new lawyer has been fined $1,000 by a lawyers standards committee. The lawyer, Cleveland, had acted for Mr Hampshire’s family trust and in the preparation of a new will for Mr Hampshire.

Censured for incompetent advice and estate administration

Former lawyer Jennifer McDonnell has been censured and fined $8,000 by a lawyers standards committee. The committee found Ms McDonnell had provided negligent and/or incompetent advice to the beneficiaries of an estate which contributed to delay. This constituted unsatisfactory conduct. In late 2014, Ms McDonnell took instructions to prepare wills for Mr...

Nola Kay Dangen suspended for two months

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has suspended Auckland lawyer Nola Kay Dangen from practice for two months from 23 September 2019. This follows admission by Ms Dangen of a charge of negligence in relation to her conduct as a property manager and welfare guardian for an elderly woman....

Consider confidentiality when storing documents as precedents

Some lawyers may not be giving “adequate consideration to their obligations of confidentiality in the retention and storage of documents for use as precedents,” a lawyers standards committee has said.

Order not to employ Sarah Buschman

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has made an order that no legal practitioner or incorporated firm employ Sarah Buschman in connection with the practitioner's or incorporated firm's practice. The order is made pursuant to section 242(1)(h)(ii) of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006, for so long as the...
Public Defence Service: An important influence on criminal law practice

Public Defence Service: An important influence on criminal law practice

From a pilot scheme in Manukau in 2004, the Public Defence Service (PDS) has grown to an organisation with 10 offices and around 250 staff, 181 of whom are lawyers. It is having an important impact on the practice of criminal law. The Manukau pilot took off after Dame Margaret Bazley’s...
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