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How to explore options

Advisers engaged in mediation often confuse the alternatives a party has with possible options for resolution. An alternative to a negotiated agreement is an action a party can implement without the consent of the other. Parties negotiate to try to secure an outcome that offers more value than their best alternative.…

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. The sun sets over Hastings, as viewed from Te Mata Peak. Lawyers in the Hawke’s…

Disclosure of trust information

Dear Editor, I have advised settlors and trustees throughout my career and in recent years I have taken on quite a few trusteeships where independent trustees are required to act. Through this work I have often faced difficult decisions about disclosure of trust information to particular beneficiaries. There has been an…

Alison Douglass, lawyer and climber

Alison DouglassClimbing 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…
The Cloud

The Cloud

Ironically, what we know as the cloud, the shared pool of resources online, is not very cloud-like. It comprises hundreds of tonnes of computers in data centres around the world. If you look up at a cloud like that above you then you’d better run. The cloud is a concept rather…

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…

New projects prepare NZ for the information revolution

The Law Foundation’s new, dedicated $2 million fund for information law and policy research has kick-started some exciting new projects that will better prepare New Zealand for the challenges of the information age. Already, four significant projects are under way since the Foundation announced the Information Law and Policy Project (ILAPP)…

Fraudulent insurance claims

The owner of an insured iPhone has the device stolen and, out of caution and to facilitate the insurance claim, they fabricate a receipt and submit that to insurers. The claim is genuine and is no more than the owner is entitled to. Should the consequences of this dishonesty be…
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…

Is your website delivering for you?

Whether you created your website to provide clients with your contact details and staff biographies, to express your opinions, or to announce the arrival of your new firm, you need to be aware of how effective it is. That’s because no matter how simplistic your site is, it is a…
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