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Crown Solicitor owes it to freezing worker dad

Crown Solicitor owes it to freezing worker dad

Mary-Jane Thomas broke the education mould when she began her legal university studies over 30 years ago: no one in her family had ever attended university. “My father was a freezing worker who left school at age 14. From the time I was five years old, he told me I’d be…
Focus on legal practice in Taupo

Focus on legal practice in Taupo

From a sleepy backwater as recently as the 1970s, Taupo’s immaculate location on the banks of its namesake lake has resulted in a phenomenal growth with tourists powering their way through the Central North Island and agricultural and conservation industries sprouting up. Reflecting this, the legal profession of the town has…
Ian David Hay struck off

Ian David Hay struck off

A Wellington lawyer has been struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors for disgraceful and dishonourable conduct. Ian David Hay was found guilty of one charge which included a reckless breach of Rule 5.10 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008. The charge before the…
Failed to inform court of cancelled fixture

Failed to inform court of cancelled fixture

A barrister has been censured and fined $2,500 by a lawyers standards committee after she failed to advise the District Court she was not proceeding with a pre-trial fixture. The barrister, Chivery, also failed to attend court on the day the hearing was scheduled, which the committee found to be unsatisfactory…
Yipu Shi suspended from practice

Yipu Shi suspended from practice

Auckland practitioner Yipu Shi has been suspended from practice for a period of 15 months beginning 7 June 2017. Miss Shi admitted two charges of misconduct to the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal. These related to her acting for both parties in two conveyancing transactions. The Tribunal found that as…
Mass offence does not equal hate speech

Mass offence does not equal hate speech

There are certain phrases in the English language that are incredibly powerful. ‘Hate speech’ is one of them. Australian sportsman Israel Folau has taken a public flogging recently. The backlash he received is the result of his response to a question asked on his social media account, Instagram. A user asked Folau…
Small-medium Law Firm Viability 101

Small-medium Law Firm Viability 101

For some years now there has been a lot of discussion about the viability of small/medium legal practice – unfortunately, much of it quite negative. For at least the last 30 years various pundits have signalled the eventual disappearance of the smaller, general, legal practice. Commentators more recently have argued that we…
Canterbury Law students discuss sexual harassment and bullying in the profession

Canterbury Law students discuss sexual harassment and bullying in the profession

Much of the focus of the sexual harassment, assault and bullying allegations publicly directed at the law profession have stemmed from the experience of a group of Victoria University law students who were part of a summer clerk programme more than two years ago. LawTalk travelled to Canterbury University in Christchurch…
The rise of the internet shadow economy

The rise of the internet shadow economy

When I was a kid we knew the shadow economy as the black market. It primarily comprised the illegal trade of goods and services, all under the table, within relatively small communities. In my neighbourhood we had a guy who printed his own T-shirts and sold them under the table. There…
Why some lawyers are underproductive... and what to do about it

Why some lawyers are underproductive... and what to do about it

Emily Morrow Some lawyers hit the ground running; they make their way through work like a hot knife cutting through butter, billing efficiently, writing off very little time, keeping clients and colleagues happy and getting great results. These are highly productive lawyers. Other lawyers, although technically very skilled, are underproductive financially and…
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