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Pathways in the Law: BlackmanSpargo, Rural and Commercial Law specialists

Pathways in the Law: BlackmanSpargo, Rural and Commercial Law specialists

Many might consider starting in a law firm as an accounts executive or legal executive to eventually become a law firm partner in the same practice as a story of fiction. But that’s exactly what happened for two of the women partners at rural law specialists, BlackmanSpargo, based in Rotorua. In 2003,…

Focus on law practice in Palmerston North

The clocktower in the centre of 'The Square', the urban focalpoint of Palmerston North. Photo: Naoki Sato CC-By-SAPalmerston 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. Mr Vanderkolk,…

Lawyers have crucial role against domestic violence

A 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 Ministry…

Suspension follows mishandling client monies

Auckland lawyer Richard Zhao was censured and suspended for four months from 1 December 2016 by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal. In [2016] NZLCDT 22, the Tribunal found Mr Zhao guilty of misconduct. The misconduct involved four different categories of default: failure to pay client money into a trust…

Barrister acting as attorney for old friend censured

A former lawyer has been censured and fined $5,000 by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal for negligence or incompetence of such a degree as to reflect on his fitness to practise, or as to bring the profession into disrepute. The charges arose while M was acting for a…

Building an international career

Expat 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 to…

A & I certification not just a ‘rubber stamp’

A lawyer has been found guilty of unsatisfactory conduct by a lawyer’s standards committee of falsely signing documents as a witness. Mrs E signed five documents, including an Authority and Instruction form, and all five contained statements that they were signed in the presence of the lawyer, D. The committee said D…

Lawyer failed to file legal aid application

A lawyer who failed to file a client’s application for legal aid, despite repeated assurances he was going to, has been found guilty of unsatisfactory conduct by a lawyer’s standards committee. “The committee was of the view that this was conduct that fell short of the competence and diligence that a…

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…

Lacoste shakes up New Zealand trade mark law

Most businesses know the importance of registering trade marks. But registration is only the first step. It’s just as important to keep track of intellectual property as a business evolves, or else trade marks may become vulnerable to revocation. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Crocodile International Pte Ltd v Lacoste…
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