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Jessica Churchman: Associate, Dennis King Law & Legal Beagle, New Plymouth

Jessica Churchman spent her early years in West Yorkshire, England. But in 1999 her family, toured New Zealand as part of a year-long world tour. “We fell in love with New Zealand through the course of our travels and emigrated in 2004.” The family settled in New Plymouth, where she attended…
Pathways in the Law: Kahui Legal

Pathways in the Law: Kahui Legal

“When people think about law firms that specialise in advising Māori clients they think that we spend all of our time in the Waitangi Tribunal and the Māori Land Court, but we have a much more diverse practice than that,” says partner Matanuku Mahuika. Kahui Legal has some big clients. It…

Enduring Powers of Attorney changes go live on 16 March

The Statutes Amendment Bill containing amendments to the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 (PPPR Act) passed its third reading on 14 December 2016 and has received Royal Assent. The amendments to the PPPR Act will come into force on 16 March. Amended regulations including new plain language forms…

Estate not dealt with competently

Lawyer Jennifer Elizabeth McDonnell has been censured and fined $10,000 by a lawyers standards committee for failing to deal with an estate in a competent and timely manner. The committee noted that there were a series of delays, which had arisen because of incompetent drafting of the wills. “This created a…

Alison Douglass, lawyer and climber

Climbing mountains in faraway countries has been as big a part of a Dunedin barrister’s life as practising law. On the very day Alison Douglass was due to graduate with her law degree at the University of Canterbury in 1985 she flew to South America to climb a mountain. “I went on…
Focus on legal practice in Hastings

Focus on legal practice in Hastings

Buying a nice family home for less than half a million dollars and spending only a few minutes on your daily commute might seem like a pipe dream, but many lawyers in Hastings are living that dream. Lawyers in the Hawke’s Bay city wax lyrical about the lifestyle on offer, citing…

Reprimanded for breaching confidentiality

A lawyer, C, who sent a woman’s will to her husband without the woman’s consent, has been reprimanded by a lawyers standards committee and ordered to pay the woman $5,000 compensation. The LCRO increased this to $6,000 on review and confirmed the committee’s decision to reprimand C. Mr and Mrs B decided…

Firms suffer public relations damage in a nil-all draw: NZX Ltd v Ralec

Judgments give a superficial insight to disputes and the influences on the protagonists – for example, NZX Ltd v Ralec Commodities Ltd and others [2016] NZHC 2742. There were some harsh lessons here. This article will introduce some of those lessons, briefly state the relevant facts and then discuss one…
Earthquakes and Litigation: An EQC perspective on managing legal risk after natural disasters

Earthquakes and Litigation: An EQC perspective on managing legal risk after natural disasters

Following the recent earthquakes, it is timely to consider the managing liability and litigation risk in relation to natural disasters. This article considers a framework that an organisation may use to approach any legal risk. The Earthquake Commission (EQC) was established in 1945 and provides insurance for residential land, buildings and…

November madness: IP law reform month to remember

Intellectual property law reform is never high on a government’s to do list, so November 2016 was exceptional. Four IP-related Acts and one Order were passed. On one day, 15 November, three IP bills in a row were debated in Parliament. Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Amendment Act 2016 (“Ag Compounds”)Most…
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