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NZX Lawyers in a technology-driven market that never really sleeps

NZX Lawyers in a technology-driven market that never really sleeps

Long before the internet, laptops, cellphones or the digital age, the sharemarket was a much more boisterous and manual operation. But while the floor noise level may have receded through the introduction and use of technology; that same technology has ensured the sharemarket is always awake. NZX’s regulation team, which is based…
Rejection of media merger on public benefit grounds

Rejection of media merger on public benefit grounds

The Commerce Commission has declined to approve a merger of the New Zealand operations of NZME and Fairfax: NZME Ltd and Fairfax New Zealand Ltd [2017] NZCC 8. The Commission has the jurisdiction to grant authorisation of an anti-competitive merger where the merger will result in such public benefit that it…
Five questions with Spark’s Rod Morris on digital disruption in the legal profession

Five questions with Spark’s Rod Morris on digital disruption in the legal profession

Rod Morris, Assistant General Counsel at Spark New Zealand, leads a team of senior lawyers who provide legal services to Spark’s technology and network businesses. He was the opening speaker at LawFest, the annual innovation and technology in law conference which was held in Auckland on 17 May. He outlines…
‘If it feels good, we do it’: Russell McVeagh’s commitment to pro bono work

‘If it feels good, we do it’: Russell McVeagh’s commitment to pro bono work

Russell McVeagh pumps well over $1 million and 600 hours annually into pro bono work, an investment it says works both for itself and the “pretty obvious causes” it supports. The firm provides the pro bono work for a number of community and non-profit groups, and gives a large number of…
Strategic planning for law firms – a practical guide

Strategic planning for law firms – a practical guide

Many lawyers tell me that their firm does not have, or has never had, a strategic plan. Law firms with up-to-date, carefully drafted strategic plans that inform their day to day and long-term decision making are, sadly, few and far between. Why is this? Perhaps it is because drafting a strategic…
Studying law in the capital

Studying law in the capital

Based a short walk from Parliament and the Supreme Court in the building which used to house almost every government department, Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law has been an important part of the capital since Professor Richard Maclaurin delivered the first law lectures in 1899. LawTalk asked Professor Mark…
An alternative to prosecution

An alternative to prosecution

One of the most novel changes under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) is the introduction of enforceable undertakings. An enforceable undertaking is essentially an alternative to prosecution whereby the applicant agrees to do certain things in exchange for (usually) the regulator not filing charges. Enforceable undertakings have…
How healthy are New Zealand lawyers?

How healthy are New Zealand lawyers?

The stresses and strains of being a lawyer have been well documented. International research suggests that people working in the legal industry experience higher rates of depression, anxiety and stress compared to other industries. The New Zealand Law Society has developed Practising Well – a set of tools and support…
How to give feedback

How to give feedback

Giving staff feedback or critiquing their work can be a delicate task, but putting in place processes and frameworks can make it easier for everyone. “You’re dealing with people’s reputations and the way they view themselves and their careers. Most of all I think people get very anxious, especially junior people,…
All the feelings you have as a new lawyer

All the feelings you have as a new lawyer

“Examine the lives of the best and most fruitful people and peoples and ask yourselves whether a tree that is supposed to grow to a proud height can dispense with bad weather and storms; whether misfortune and external resistance, some kinds of hatred, jealousy, stubbornness, mistrust, hardness, avarice, and violence…
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