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Desktop Reviews of trust account operators

Desktop Reviews of trust account operators

By Ben Potaka A fundamental role of the Law Society’s Inspectorate is to protect clients’ monies held in solicitors’ trust accounts and to ensure that any practice operating a trust account meet the requirements of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 (LCA) and associated rules and regulations. In order to fulfil…
Recycling in the office

Recycling in the office

By Tracey Cormack Reduce, reuse and recycle. The new three Rs might appear to be straightforward, but the “recycle” component can be confusing. For example, can a paper lunch bag go into the office paper recycling bin? Which plastics are accepted by which local council? Let’s try and simplify it. In the…

Update on legal aid

By Geoff Adlam Gross legal aid payments to providers were up 13.5% in the year to 30 June 2019 from the previous year. Total gross payments of $179.7 million were well up on the $158.3 million paid in the 2017/18 year and the highest since major changes were made to legal…

The Innovators: Tila Hoffman, Special Counsel and Business Transformation Manager at MinterEllisonRuddWatts

LawFest organiser Andrew King continues a series of interviews with key legal professionals with their innovation and technology stories. What does legal innovation mean to you? To me, legal innovation is changing legal practice so lawyers can deliver even better value to their clients. It is that simple. If it does not…

Succession planning: a strategic approach

By Emily Morrow If you are a New Zealand lawyer reading this article, you are part of an inter-generational cohort turnover in the New Zealand legal profession. What does this mean? I am referring to the fact that the generation of baby boomer lawyers are generally reducing their level of practice,…

New name, new place

The former Whitireia Community Law Centre says its recent move from Hagley Street in Porirua will improve access to legal services for its clients.

Culture change focus shows in CPD audit

By Helen Comrie-Thomson As the Law Society’s Continuing Professional Development Manager, I carry out audits of compliance with the annual CPD requirements. While CPD audits serve to verify that practitioners are complying with the CPD Rules, they also provide an opportunity for lawyers to receive individualised feedback on their plan and…
Are you approaching eDiscovery in the most effective way?

Are you approaching eDiscovery in the most effective way?

By Andrew King Mention discovery to most lawyers and the first thing they think of is cost, complication and burden – not a great starting point! This is at the same time as the discovery process continues to be an integral part of any litigation or investigation. The challenges with discovery are not…
Are legal disrupters steering people off the road?

Are legal disrupters steering people off the road?

The choices faced by a person stripped of their driver’s licence and wanting to apply for a limited licence illustrate the dangers as well as the benefits of disruption in the legal market, and how more attention to the regulatory pitfalls and opportunities could improve access to justice in New…

Startup marketing techniques for lawyers — Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part series. In this issue we look at some of the other startup marketing techniques that can be used effectively by lawyers. Engineering as marketingBuild something useful, put your name on it and it will advertise your firm forever. The concept behind using engineering…
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