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E-discovery at a glance

“I think one of the issues these days is the volume of information that is out there,” says Andrew King, an independent consultant at E-Discovery Consulting. “It’s gotten to the stage that people are needing to use software to make the laborious task of discovery more efficient. That’s where the e-discovery…

The Law Society is going to continue to take action on the leadership gender imbalance

Sometime in a few months, New Zealand’s legal profession will have more women than men. In mid-March, there were just 205 more men in our 12,800-member profession. We will duly mark what is really an interesting milestone. It has been coming since 1993 when the number of women being admitted to…

Court on the Chathams

The District Court in Waitangi, the largest town in the Chatham Islands. The building also houses the local Police station.When does a day amount to a week? It’s not a trick question, and the answer lies in court sessions on the Chatham Islands, the remote archipelago 650km from mainland New…

Building an international career

Miriam CullenExpat New Zealander Miriam Cullen has just completed a PhD on the relationship between the United Nations and international criminal justice at the University of Copenhagen. That’s not bad going for someone who didn’t finish high school. Although she was always interested in human rights, it took her a while…

Mind over matter: The characteristics of a great negotiator

Great negotiators are fearless – they never hesitate to engage with their opponents if their engagement may help advance matters. But what turns good into great? The characteristics of a great negotiator include the following: Preparation and planning skills (as General Dwight Eisenhower said: “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”). Subject…

Lawyers have crucial role against domestic violence

Megan LeafA Bay of Plenty barrister says lawyers have a crucial role to play in the campaign against domestic violence, and understanding the causes and effects can prove vital. Megan Leaf is one of the faces of a video project coordinated by It’s not OK, a national campaign run by the…

Better process needed for new genetic testing methods

New non-invasive tests for genetic abnormalities in pregnancy offer many advantages over traditional tests, but a new Law Foundation-backed study has found there should be a standardised process around their use. The tests, which analyse a mother’s blood sample, have advantages over traditional screening tests: they are more accurate, available commercially,…

Focus on law practice in Palmerston North

Palmerston North has welcomed a lot of new lawyers in recent years, but a fresh approach is needed to consistently attract new talent to the town, according to Crown Solicitor Ben Vanderkolk. The clocktower in the centre of 'The Square', the urban focalpoint of Palmerston North. Photo by 'Naoki Sato', CC-By-SA…
Five handy apps for New Zealand lawyers

Five handy apps for New Zealand lawyers

Smartphones have advanced to the point now where they are essentially small computers with the added bonus of being a phone. Many lawyers use smartphones and, as the technology evolution continues to advance at a rapid pace, many additions have been developed to help make the most of the hardware. There are…

Legal professionals’ attitudes to innovation and technology are shifting

Services in nearly all sectors have evolved to meet consumer demand except one – legal services. The legal sector is one of the few that hasn’t adopted a new agile service delivery and payment approach. Think Uber, Xero and AirBnB in taxis, accounting and accommodation respectively. Services that we traditionally…
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