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New financial advice regime puts customer’s interests first

New financial advice regime puts customer’s interests first

Recent proposals for a new financial advice regime will impose a duty on banks, insurance companies and their distributors to put the customer’s interests first. This will apply to any recommendation of a financial product or service, be it from a financial adviser in Kerikeri or “robo-advice” provided using algorithms…
1897: Three events that helped shape our profession

1897: Three events that helped shape our profession

26 March 1897, Sir Āpirana Ngata becomes first Māori lawyer. 3 May 1897, Walter Scott Reid elected as first President of the New Zealand Law Society. 10 May 1897, Ethel Benjamin becomes NZ’s first woman lawyer. The distinguished leader: Sir Āpirana NgataBy Geoff Adlam On 26 March 1897 Āpirana Turupa Ngata was admitted as…
Pathways in the Law: Prestige Lawyers

Pathways in the Law: Prestige Lawyers

Prestige Lawyers in the heart of Auckland is an international law firm that’s been operating since 2008. The firm was conceived by director and principal Royal Reed. The legal team deal mainly with Chinese-speaking communities, but not all of their lawyers are native Chinese.
Acting on hacker’s instructions

Acting on hacker’s instructions

A lawyer, D, who acted on instructions from a hacker he believed was his client and paid client funds into unrelated bank accounts, was guilty of unsatisfactory conduct. A lawyer’s standards committee censured D and ordered him to pay the client, Ms C, $30,828, the portion of the settlement funds that…
Ismail Rasheed’s fascinating path to tax law specialist

Ismail Rasheed’s fascinating path to tax law specialist

Coming from the remote Maldives in the Indian Ocean motivated a Wellington-based immigrant lawyer to excel in two difficult and oft-considered dry areas of practice, tax and intellectual property law.
Rudeness to prosecutor and court staff

Rudeness to prosecutor and court staff

A criminal defence lawyer has been censured and fined by a lawyers standards committee for two separate incidents of unprofessional behaviour. In one incident, the lawyer, C, interrupted a police prosecutor while he was attending to another matter. The prosecutor said he would assist C once he had dealt with that…
The new lawyer: Emma von Veh, Solicitor, Ministry of Health, Wellington

The new lawyer: Emma von Veh, Solicitor, Ministry of Health, Wellington

Emma von VehBorn in South Africa, Emma von Veh’s family moved to New Zealand when she was a child. “At high school, my favourite subject was always English, but I also had an aptitude for maths and the sciences and was wary of limiting my choices if I were to drop…
Focus on Whakatane

Focus on Whakatane

Whakatane lawyer David Sparks says the local law fraternity was very tightknit when he moved there 44 years ago. As a newcomer to the Eastern Bay of Plenty town he was taken around all the law firms and introduced to all the other local lawyers – a tradition at the…
David Lyon retires from Haigh Lyon

David Lyon retires from Haigh Lyon

David Lyon happy at work...  One of the true characters of the legal profession has taken down his shingle. David Lyon retired from the legal profession at the end of last year, after 54 years practising law. David began his legal career as a law clerk with Reyburn McArthur and Boyes in…
Kidnapping allegation leads to censure and fine

Kidnapping allegation leads to censure and fine

A lawyer, B, who filed an affidavit that alleged another lawyer had “kidnapped” a young girl has been censured and fined $5,000. The lawyers standards committee considered that B had not taken appropriate steps to ensure that reasonable grounds existed for the allegations before they were filed in court, as required…
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