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Foundation's early investment in technology research bears fruit

A decade ago, the Law Foundation took the far-sighted step of establishing a specialist research centre at Otago University to study law and policy challenges for New Zealand arising from the adoption of new technologies. At that time, technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) were only just beginning to emerge. Now AI…

Developments

US legal management consultants Altman Weil have released the results of their 2018 Law Firms in Transition Survey. The March/April 2018 survey of managing partners and chairs at law firms with 50 or more lawyers received responses from 398 firms (49.7% of those polled).

New Zealand's constitution protecting our successful democracy, says Paul East QC

New Zealand’s constitutional system is working well and would be worsened by introducing judicial supremacy under a codified constitution, Paul East QC says. In the interests of stimulating broad discussion on New Zealand’s constitutional future, the New Zealand Law Foundation supported the former Attorney-General to write a critique of the constitutional…

The Grand Jury of New Zealand

Little is remembered of the grand jury of New Zealand nowadays, but it existed within living memory – after 118 years of operation starting in 1844, the last grand jury sat in Gisborne on 28 November 1961. As late as July 1961 a grand jury in Hamilton refused to permit…

The role of data and analytics to assess the court system

There is an appetite in the justice sector for conversations about how we can improve our court system, if feedback from recent articles in LawTalk is anything to go by. And I’m grateful for the good and constructive feedback I’ve received from LawTalk readers. This column is focused on the use of data and analytics,…

Why you're not using G Suite: and why you're wrong

I love getting feedback and questions from readers of this column. It is a bit depressing how little actual change it seems to be driving, however. Here’s how a typical reader interaction works: Reader: “Hey Damian, I just wanted to say thanks for all of the great advice in your last LawTalk…
Networking for those who hate networking

Networking for those who hate networking

I once got stuck in a horror movie at a party. It was my cousin’s engagement party and I was 11. I have a lot of cousins and while I can now name almost all of them, at the time I didn’t know the names of anyone beyond them –…

The latest chapter in the paradigm shift from privacy to transparency

CRS and corporate trustees in New ZealandThe Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is a global initiative by which the governments of virtually every country have agreed to cooperate in the detection and prevention of tax evasion by exchanging information about financial assets held for individuals in financial institutions in each country.…

To consider Part 2 or not to consider Part 2 – That is the question

In environmental circles a recent debate has been whether the approach to consideration of resource consents has changed as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in King Salmon (Environmental Defence Society v The New Zealand King Salmon Co Ltd [2014] 1 NZLR 593). Prior to King Salmon it was conventional…

ACC and the Woodhouse Principles: Comprehensive entitlement

The foundation for our current ACC legislation is found in the recommendations of the 1967 Woodhouse Royal Commission Report Compensation for Personal Injury in New Zealand. This proposed the abolition of the common law right to sue for damages for personal injury caused by negligence or breach of statutory duty,…
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