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Lawyers' attire: Is being trendy still stylish?

Lawyers' attire: Is being trendy still stylish?

By Craig Stephen Back in March 2017, LawTalk published an article entitled “Dressing for Success”, in which various interviewees espoused their views on dressing well for interviews and furthering a legal career. But do lawyers still dress extremely smartly or has there been a general slackening in attire, a case of ‘dress down Friday’ being…
Trending out: Should you plan for open-plan?

Trending out: Should you plan for open-plan?

By Jamie Dobson Despite scholarship, studies and surveys on the impact of open-plan office space designs repeatedly pointing towards risks to wellbeing, the drift towards working in open, agile environments continues. The best office in the world, as voted at the 2019 World Architecture Festival, is new Auckland building B:HIVE designed by…

How can the legal profession retain talented women?

At the recent Women in Law Summit in Auckland in September, Ann Brennan chaired a panel with Steph Dyhrberg, Fionnghuala Cuncannon, Dr Maria Pozza and Helen Mackay, speaking on the topic ‘Why is there is an exodus of women from the legal profession and how can we retain our female…
Let's demystify culture change in law offices

Let's demystify culture change in law offices

Fuelled by the #MeToo movement, the Dame Margaret Bazley report, the Justice Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and other events, there is a lot of talk about culture change in the legal profession. Lawyers ask me “What is culture change, does it matter and how does it happen?” Culture and culture change…

Questioning the Questions

I have questions about job application health questions. But first, let me clarify that even though I recently attended my first employment law conference, I do not have delusions of grandeur about my employment law expertise – I am not a specialist employment lawyer. However, I am a new employer of…
When the heat affects your work: safety in the workplace when summer peaks

When the heat affects your work: safety in the workplace when summer peaks

If this summer is anything like last year’s, then offices and other indoor venues could again turn into ovens. NIWA says the nationwide average temperature for the 2017-18 summer was 18.8 degrees, 0.3 degrees above the previous record set in the hot months of 1934-35. So when is it too hot to…

The importance of diverse thinking for the legal profession

The Diverse Thinking Capability Audit of New Zealand Boardrooms 2018 report, launched by the Finance Minister Grant Robertson in August, has the potential to increase performance across the justice system – diverse thinking leaders should be in all law firms, at the bar, on the bench, and in juries. The Diverse…

A key to culture change: asking your experts

Management gets a bad rap. Not capital M Management, the types who exploit the workers and stretch inequalities, and have done so for centuries. I’m happy to light my torch and go after those bastards, just say the word. No, I’m talking about little M management, the life skill. We in…

Workplace culture in the legal industry: How candidates feel post-Bazley

Much is made of people and culture as differentiators for employees when weighing up one company over another, which is only highlighted further as competition for the brightest and best becomes tighter. But there seems to be an increasing perception that the reality doesn’t match the blurb in the glossy…

Research shows significant disparity in higher court appearances

Female lawyers are greatly under-represented in appearances before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, according to research carried out by the New Zealand Bar Association with funding from the New Zealand Law Foundation. In spite of there being an equal number of female and male lawyers practising in New Zealand,…
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