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All Black 605: DS Webb

I was hardly aware of the All Blacks in 1959 when Des Webb became one and played a Test against the Lions. Once I started playing rugby I became (and remain) a keen All Blacks supporter. In 1973 I applied for a position that I had seen advertised in the Nelson…

Focus on Whanganui

There are plenty of great career opportunities for mid-career lawyers in Whanganui. Former Auckland lawyer Simon Badger has just been made a partner at Treadwell Gordon, after moving to the city and joining the firm last year. “That was probably a five-year acceleration of what my career opportunities would have been…

Rewarding Experience

I have recently finished a nine-year stint on one of the Auckland Standards Committees with the last four years being convenor. The workload was never-ending but the experience simply amazing. The role of standards committees is very important to the profession and members on standards committees take their roles very…

New Enduring Power of Attorney forms

I agree with Errol MacDonald with respect to his comments regarding the new EPAs in the June issue of LawTalk. I have prepared dozens of these documents since the passing of the original Act and the new forms are a nightmare to negotiate and explain to clients. Has Theresa Donnelly ever sat…

From law to banking and back to law

Deanne TaylorDeeanne Taylor’s passion for the law blossomed at a very young age. However, it took a period of reflection during her time as a junior solicitor, changing careers and working overseas, for her to re-evaluate her approach to the realities of the legal profession and return to the law…

Rule of Law

The World Justice Project has recently published its sixth Rule of Law Index (2016). By using performance indicators focusing on nine measuring factors, the Index assesses the Rule of Law outcomes in 113 countries and compares each country’s performance with how it had been rated in previous years and then gives…
Better conversations part 1: Get connected

Better conversations part 1: Get connected

The root cause of many disputes is a lack of communication leading to judgements and assumptions about the motives of others. Failure to communicate effectively is a fundamental barrier to effective negotiation. The parties involved in disputes need to have better conversations with each other. We will explore why and…

Enduring powers of attorney and professional responsibility

At the recent NZLS CLE Ltd Elder Law Intensive, I presented a session in relation to professional duties in respect of enduring powers of attorney. One issue that came up was the recent change to the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 (s 94A(4A) which allows a practitioner, where…

Preparing for likely resource law overhaul

A fundamental shake-up of New Zealand’s environmental management law is coming, regardless of who wins this year’s general election. At least that’s the view of the Environmental Defence Society (EDS), and it aims to help shape the new regime by carrying out its own major review of the current system with…

The Arbitration Amendment Bill 2017

In early April, Paul Foster-Bell’s private member’s bill, further amending the Arbitration Act 1996, was drawn from the ballot. On the first reading, the bill received near universal support, with only New Zealand First demurring. The bill introduces four amendments to the Act; the validation of arbitration clauses in trust deeds;…
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