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Ensuring Pacific Island lawyers can take on the world

Ensuring Pacific Island lawyers can take on the world

“New Zealand lawyers have benefited for 30 years from attending trial skills enhancement programmes devised here. The learning by doing method under tuition of experienced lawyers and judges has been shown to markedly improve lawyers’ confidence in conducting aspects of trial work more effectively be it leading evidence, cross examination,…
Dressing for success

Dressing for success

How much difference could a sharp suit and shiny shoes make to your career? Maybe more than you think. Jo Calder, national human resources manager at Buddle Findlay, says how a lawyer presents him or herself can impact on how a client views them. “The profession is so steeped in history,…
Covert recordings by employees and their admissibility as evidence

Covert recordings by employees and their admissibility as evidence

With our phones to hand, most of us have the means to record a conversation or a scene playing out. With the agreement of those involved, the occurrence of the recording is likely to be uncontroversial. However, interesting legal issues arise when the recording is covert, and when the recording…
Auckland Law School increases second year numbers

Auckland Law School increases second year numbers

Andrew StockleyUp to 1500 students enrol in the first year of a law degree at Auckland University’s Law School. For the past 10 years Auckland has admitted up to 330 students into second year law, but this year it has increased the number by 50, to 380 students. The Law…
Making mobile call data work for you

Making mobile call data work for you

The OpportunityEvidence is key to any court case and having access to a large pool of data that can be used as evidence is always advantageous. In 2015, New Zealanders made 6.63 billion minutes of mobile calls and sent 12.1 billion text messages. That is, on average, around 1500 minutes of…
NZ’s first Public Protection Order granted

NZ’s first Public Protection Order granted

New Zealand’s first Public Protection Order (PPO) was imposed on 21 December 2016 in the matter of The Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections v Glen Anthony Douglas [2016] NZHC 3184. A PPO is a court order that allows the detention of very high-risk individuals at a secure facility within…
America provides insights to in-house work

America provides insights to in-house work

My roles as in-house counsel for government departments in New Zealand and the UK have enabled me to work on many different legislative projects that are hard to find outside of in-house government roles, and develop a string to my bow that I find highly rewarding. Over the years I have…
Passing Wealth on Death: Will-Substitutes in Comparative Perspective

Passing Wealth on Death: Will-Substitutes in Comparative Perspective

Reviewed by Greg Kelly It was with some reluctance that I added this book to my pile of summer reading; textbooks usually miss the cut over the break. I found, however, it to be informative, interesting and easy to read. As some practitioners will be aware there has been something of a…
Putting people before profit – how law firms can navigate the new world order

Putting people before profit – how law firms can navigate the new world order

When I qualified as a solicitor in 1984, lawyers were mostly concerned with advising clients and ensuring they billed for their time. Profitability was a given. But not anymore. The world has changed. The global financial crisis, technology, commoditisation and competition have disrupted the status quo for good and created…
Pathways in the Law: Oceanlaw New Zealand

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…
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