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The Bookshelf

Book Of The Month Built For Justice: Visits to old North Island Courthouses By Terry Carson Beautiful colour photographs of 61 old courthouses around the North Island are supplemented with an account of the history of each. Interesting anecdotes and stories place each courthouse in its social setting and show how important the…

People In The Law

Auckland District Court Judge Mark Perkins has been appointed a permanent Employment Court Judge and will take up his new position on 8 April. Judge Perkins was appointed to the District Court Bench in 1999, sitting in the general and jury jurisdictions. He was experienced in employment law before his…

Law Firm News

Theodore Doucas and Jeremy Hunter have formed a new law firm, Zone Law Limited, specialising in intellectual property and business law. Theodore is a lawyer and former Assistant Commissioner of Patents, Trade Marks, and Designs at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand. Theodore ran his own successful intellectual property…

Lawyers Complaints Service: Barry Hart loses strike off appeal

Former Auckland Lawyer Barry Hart has lost his appeal against being struck off. Mr Hart was struck off by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Tribunal in September 2012 ([2012] NZLCDT 26). The tribunal had found him guilty on three charges, which related to not paying a private investigator for services, obstructing…

Lawyers Complaints Service: Fined for unsatisfactory conduct

A Lawyers standards committee decision to find a lawyer, A, guilty of unsatisfactory conduct and fine him $4,000 has been upheld by the Legal Complaints Review Officer. A acted in administration of the estate of Mr RC (for whom he had acted for many years). Mr RC had appointed his four…

Lawyers Complaints Service: Censured for failing clients

Lower Hutt Lawyer Paul Logan has been censured by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal for failing to properly attend to the needs of clients. In this case ([2012] NZLCDT 38), the clients were elderly and relied on him, the tribunal noted. Mr Logan pleaded guilty to the two charges,…

Lawyers Complaints Service: Fined for not complying with undertakings

Auckland Lawyer Timothy Slack has been censured and fined $5,000 by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal for failing to comply with undertakings he had given. Discrepancies between what was said in various undertakings Mr Slack had given came to light when the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was investigating…

Government’s proposed changes to Family Court will make it less accessible

The New Zealand Law Society has filed its submission on the Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. The Law Society supports the streamlining of court processes to increase efficiencies and reduce cost and delay. However, it believes that two fundamental changes introduced by the Bill –…

Heritage Bill direction supported

The New Zealand Law Society says it supports the overall direction being taken by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill. The Bill replaces the Historic Places Act 1993 and is being considered by Parliament’s Local Government and Environment Committee. Law Society Environmental Law Committee member Phil Page presented the submission to…

Law Society seeks full review of unit titles disclosure regime

The legislation and regulations covering the disclosure regime for unit titles must be completely redrafted rather than amended piecemeal, the New Zealand Law Society says. The Law Society says various serious unforeseen problems have emerged since the Unit Titles Act 2010 and the Unit Titles Regulations 2011 came into force. In…
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