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The Innovators: Mary O'Carroll, Director, Legal Operations, Technology and Strategy at Google

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

The arbitration paradox

When Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, then Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, observed in his BAILII lecture in 2016 that “… the UK went too far in 1979 and again in 1996 in favouring the perceived advantages for arbitration as a means of dispute resolution in London over the…

Test case clarifies law on leave payments for employees paid on commission

Tauranga-based company GD (Tauranga) Ltd has been successful in the Employment Court, with the judgment in their test case GD (Tauranga) Ltd v Price & Others [2019] NZEmpC 101 confirming the legality of their decision to switch to paying their employees their “relevant daily pay” under the Holidays Act 2003…

Retiring from practising law at 90

Trevor BoothThere would be few lawyers who aimed to practise as long as Trevor Booth, who recently retired at the age of 90. “I cannot recall a day when I felt I was having to go to the office as I always looked forward to going to work. I never thought…
Reciprocation Bias and Hanlon's Razor

Reciprocation Bias and Hanlon's Razor

Reciprocation bias and Hanlon’s razor are the final two psychological strategies that play a substantial role in our cognitive processes in mediation, as we have explored in this series of articles. "There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favours done them so far that they strangle themselves with the…

Building an inclusive New Zealand: Halberg Foundation partners with Buddle Findlay

It is well-known that competition for holiday jobs in the legal profession is fierce. But what is it like job hunting when you also have a disability? A discussion paper produced by the independent think tank Maxim Institute, Acknowledging Ability: Overcoming the barriers to employment for people living with disabilities, reports…

Recent legal books

A Practical Guide to Legal Issues for Older PeopleBy Vicki Ammundsen, Hugh Ammundsen, Catherine Atchison, Kathryn Dalziel, Professor Kate Diesfeld, Dr Mark Fisher and Elaine Henderson Reviewed by Tracey Cormack This book includes contributions from practitioners with experience in each subject area covered, offering practical advice about key stages in life. The book…

Khylee Quince: Teaching the judges

Khylee QuinceKhylee Quince tells it how it is. The associate professor of law at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) cracks up when discussing one cohort of students she teaches. “Have you ever had to tell judges they don’t know how to do something?” she asks with a big grin. “I have and…
Unwanted guests: Court of Appeal determines costs after trustees refuse to step aside

Unwanted guests: Court of Appeal determines costs after trustees refuse to step aside

In Guest v Guest [2019] NZCA 64, the Court of Appeal held that the trustees of a family trust, including a trust company, were liable for costs after they did not step aside in favour of an independent trustee. The Court of Appeal also held the director of the trust…

District Court should be fair system for all

The new Chief District Court Judge, Heemi Taumaunu, is the first Māori lawyer to hold the position, and has his sights set on improving the court system experience for all New Zealanders. He is one of a number of select Māori lawyers who have risen to the highest levels in the…
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