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Pathways in the Law: Oceanlaw New Zealand

Practising marine law is not for the faint-hearted or those that wish to spend their day stuck behind an office desk. In this area of law, that desk is more like a dinghy constantly moving, in sync with the ebb and flow of the sea. The small team of lawyers at Oceanlaw…

Contested litigation - no negligence found

The High Court has upheld an appeal by Papali’i Toti Lagolago, lawyer, against the findings of the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal ([2016] NZHC 2867). In [2015] NZLCDT 25, the Tribunal found Ms Lagolago had been negligent or incompetent in her professional capacity of such a degree as to…

I refused to let cancer win: One mature student’s brave battle to defy death and pursue her dream

At some point we all wake up in our 40s, reassess our lives and decide whether we want more of the same, or something completely different. Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger once said he wouldn’t be singing (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction at 40, but he did and continues to…

Auckland barrister suspended

Francisc Catalin Deliu was suspended for 15 months from 1 February 2017. In three decisions ([2016] NZLCDT 25, 26 and 27), the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal found Mr Deliu guilty of six charges of misconduct, one charge of unprofessional conduct, one charge of unsatisfactory conduct, and one charge…
Focus on law practice in Invercargill

Focus on law practice in Invercargill

Locals prefer to describe Invercargill as the gateway to some of the South Island’s best tourist attractions, rather than the more colourful, perhaps unfavourable, descriptions given to it over the years. The pace of life and comradery in the southern city of about 52,000 inhabitants is another attraction for locals. Rex…
Cartel laws applying to principal and agent? The High Court of Australia’s Flight Centre decision

Cartel laws applying to principal and agent? The High Court of Australia’s Flight Centre decision

The High Court of Australia has issued an important decision overturning traditional thinking on whether an agent can be considered to be “in competition with” their principal for the purpose of competition law. The decision is important to a dual distribution model where a business supplies direct to consumers and also…
The Equal Pay Act  - Where is it at?

The Equal Pay Act - Where is it at?

Over the past three years, the Equal Pay Act 1972 (EPA) has gained unprecedented attention. In the 15 years prior to 2014, there were only a handful of unremarkable equal pay cases. None of which successfully progressed the concept or practical application of equal pay under the EPA, despite the…

Anita Killeen: SPCA Auckland Pro Bono Panel of Prosecutors

Each month we will celebrate an initiative by New Zealand lawyers to use their legal expertise to benefit the community. To begin, we asked Anita Killeen, who is Chair and founder, about the SPCA Auckland Pro Bono Panel of Prosecutors.

Reality check for the majority of sport stars

Think football, and you will imagine the likes of Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo being feted by fans and the media, with oodles of money in the bank to live lavish lives – for the rest of their days. Argentinean striker Tevez, for example, is said to be paid…

Strengthening the Arbitration Act 1996? A comment on the Arbitration Amendment Act 2016

Modern arbitration regimes strive to make the arbitral process as self-contained and self-sufficient as possible. That philosophy is reflected in the New Zealand Arbitration Act 1996, which is substantially based on the UNCITRAL Model Law. At the same time, effective arbitral procedures depend on structural support. This is important both at…
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