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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…

Conflict possible when acting for insurer and insured

All names used in this article are fictitious The practice of lawyers giving advice on cover to the insurer when also engaged to act for the insured is a matter of concern, a lawyers standards committee has said. The committee was considering a complaint about a lawyer, Buckinghamshire, who submitted that the…

Khylee Quince: Teaching the judges

Khylee 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.

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…

Retiring from practising law at 90

There 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 about…

Fined for failing to transfer shares

All names used in this article are fictitious A lawyer who failed to transfer shares to three beneficiaries of a will has been fined $5,000 by a lawyers standards committee. Mrs Haddington appointed the lawyer, Bute, as executor of her estate in or around July 2006. In her will, Mrs Haddington made…

Appeal by Auckland lawyer against suspensions and costs dismissed

An appeal by an Auckland lawyer against a decision of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal which imposed a 15 month suspension from practising law and costs has been dismissed by the High Court. Jinyue (Paul) Young was last year found guilty of four charges by the Disciplinary Tribunal at different…

Inadequate advice about Calderbank offer

All names used in this article are fictitious A lawyer, Midlothian, has been censured, fined $15,000 and ordered to pay her client $25,000 compensation. Midlothian had not adequately advised her client on a Calderbank offer and had significantly overcharged him, a lawyers standards committee has found. The compensation order is the maximum…

Lawyer failed to act competently

All names used in this article are fictitious A lawyer who failed to act competently and who acted where there was a conflict of interest has been fined $2,500 by a lawyers standards committee. Mrs Antrim and her granddaughter had seen the lawyer, Westmorland, about a proposed family arrangement. This proposed that Mrs…

Murray Bryce Lawes suspended from legal practice

Orewa lawyer Murray Bryce Lawes has been suspended by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal from practising for three months from 8 October 2019. In a decision on liability on 19 July 2019 the Tribunal had found him guilty of two charges of misconduct. The first related to management…
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