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The year ahead

Commercial and residential investment looks very positive for 2013, the Law Society’s Property Law Section chair Chris Moore says. Mr Moore, who is also the Law Society’s President-elect, says in terms of commercial property, the year has started “with a fair bit of optimism”. “And I know through talking to commercial property…

Good news for conveyancing lawyers

This year has begun with two pieces of very good news for conveyancing lawyers. The residential real estate market has begun 2013 well, continuing the trend that developed during 2012, REINZ Chief Executive Helen O’Sullivan says. Residential property sales volume during January 2013 rose to the highest level in five years for…

Automation of conveyancing

A veteran player in the automation of conveyancing says that e-dealing would realise its true potential if there was a merger between niche markets. Richard Galbraith of Fencible Law launched KeyTrack 10 years ago. He introduced it to the market as a tool which would “add value to a conveyancing transaction”. His…

Vox Pop of lawyers across the country

Four lawyers have answered the nine questions below on conveyancing in New Zealand. See what they had to say: Questions How do you find Landonline and the service it provides? Have conveyancing fees dropped, stayed the same or risen in the last year or so? How competitive is the conveyancing market? Do clients shop around…

Landonline rates very well

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) says its latest customer satisfaction survey results for Landonline shows it is becoming a trusted and valuable tool in conveyancing. LINZ invites a sample of e-dealing users each month to complete a short survey on its services. Chris Wickham, LINZ Manager Survey and Title Operations, says that…

From the Law Society

How do lawyers gain and maintain influence? For in-house lawyers, their role often sees them operating across their organisation as strategic problem solvers as well as legal advisors. Agents of Influence is the theme for the 26th annual CLANZ Conference, which will see a stellar line-up of key in-house lawyers and…

Distinguished visiting fellow

The First President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, is visiting New Zealand this month as the New Zealand Law Foundation’s 2013 Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Nicholas Phillips was educated at King’s College, Cambridge after completing national service with the Royal Navy. He was called to the bar…

Serving NZ's farthest-flung court

New Zealand’s farthest-flung court, the Chatham Islands District Court sits four times a year, usually for just one day, unless a special sitting is required. When each sitting comes around, a District Court Judge, a court registrar, a prosecutor, defence counsel and a probation officer all catch a flight to the…

From dropout to Doctorate

A high school dropout, Dr Hickey, who grew up in Taranaki, didn’t ever consider a tertiary education – let alone gaining a doctorate. Dr Huhana Hickey can now claim to be the first Māori woman, second Māori and first disabled person to get a PhD in law from Waikato University. “I didn’t…

Survey finds pros and cons in practice outside main centres

The work-life balance offered to lawyers who practise outside New Zealand’s largest population centres is highly valued. At the same time, there is evidence that a significant proportion have seen fee income decline or remain the same over the last two years. These are two of the findings of a survey…
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