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Lawyer Karateka!

Lawyer Karateka!

Auckland lawyer Taufil Omar shares his life-long experience in karate and a recent trip to Japan where he helped his team win a medal. And as he explains, the sport helps him in his daily work routine. We all grew up wanting to be someone else, looking up to a role…
Sexual harassment of two employees of a law firm at work social functions

Sexual harassment of two employees of a law firm at work social functions

A lawyers standards committee has made a finding of unsatisfactory conduct against a lawyer who sexually harassed two law firm employees at work social functions. The committee’s decision has been published on the Law Society’s website. While a standards committee has previously made a finding against a lawyer for sexually harassing…
Unsatisfactory conduct findings reversed

Unsatisfactory conduct findings reversed

The Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) has reversed findings of unsatisfactory conduct by a lawyer, but in doing so stated that the complaint “was justified”. Ms Waterbrook asked a lawyer, Turvey, to act for her on several matters, including the proposed sale of her apartment, enduring powers of attorney (EPoAs) and…
Instructing solicitor failed to pay barrister

Instructing solicitor failed to pay barrister

An instructing solicitor failed to provide a lawyers standards committee any evidence that he entered into an agreement that he would not be responsible for a barrister’s fees, the committee found. The instructing solicitor, Zamiel, had therefore breached rule 10.7 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care)…
Acted for more than one client

Acted for more than one client

Names used in this summary are fictitious. A lawyer has been fined $2,000 for acting for more than one client where there was more than a negligible risk that he was unable to discharge the obligations owed to all clients. As well as imposing the fine, a lawyers standards committee ordered the…
Fined for not inquiring before filing caveats

Fined for not inquiring before filing caveats

Names used in this summary are fictitious. A lawyer has been fined $8,500 for failing to inquire whether there were “caveatable interests” before filing caveats on land titles. When imposing the fine, a lawyers standards committee noted that it appeared that the lawyer, Boythorn, had “no basis to lodge the caveats other…
Lawyer disclosed confidential information

Lawyer disclosed confidential information

A lawyer has been censured for disclosing information about a sensitive domestic matter to a third party. In addition to the censure, a lawyers standards committee also ordered the lawyer, Bansad, to pay $1,000 compensation to his client, Ms Stans, for the distress and anxiety she suffered as a result of…
Frederick William Baker struck off

Frederick William Baker struck off

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that Auckland lawyer Frederick William Baker be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors. Mr Baker had pleaded guilty to a number of charges which related to the use of client funds from his firm’s trust account to pay debts…
Focus on ... Gisborne

Focus on ... Gisborne

The most eastern city in the islands is remote, but it’s where lawyers look after each other. Stephen Taylor arrived from the Bay of Plenty a green and enthusiastic lawyer without a friend or relative in Gisborne he could rely on to help him get up and running. Nearly two years later…
Talking about mental health: A conversation

Talking about mental health: A conversation

Sarah Taylor Seth Witherspoon (not his real name) contacted me after reading my article in the October LawTalk (issue 922). He congratulated me for having the courage to share my story and indicated that he’d been through some pretty dark times. “Shining sunlight on this issue is very important,” he said.…
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