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Better conversations part 2: How to have difficult conversations

We live in a blame culture. When things go wrong we protect our identity (our egos) by finding somebody, or something, to blame. This allows us to ignore our own role, and to avoid considering whether we might be (at least) partly responsible for difficult positions we find ourselves in. It…

Privacy Law in New Zealand, 2nd edition

Boasting an impressive list of authors, Privacy Law in New Zealand is a collection of works which considers some of the fundamental aspects of privacy law. The editors point out that, since their first edition some six years ago, technology has advanced at such a pace that its impact on issues…

What is a Social Enterprise?

The Social Enterprise World Forum will be held in Christchurch this September. More than half of the 1200 available tickets are already taken, with involvement by participants from dozens of countries. In a relatively new sector like social enterprise there are often assumptions about what is actually being talked about.…

Watch out for those scam apps

In March 2017, it was reported that Google’s application market, Play Store, had 2.8 million mobile apps available for download. The Apple App Store is catching up, with 2.2 million apps available; followed by Windows, Amazon and Blackberry’s stores, respectively. At Apple’s last annual developer’s conference, the tech company announced it…

Thinking about the children when dividing relationship property

A recent LawTalk article by Kimberley Lawrence and Greg Kelly (Joining adult children to their parents’ relationship property proceedings as trust beneficiaries, LawTalk 906, May 2017, page 28) discussed adding adult children into their parent’s relationship property proceedings. But what about when the children are minors? Should we be thinking…

America’s Cup 2017 - Lessons learned from 1995

After all the heartache of 2003 and 2013, the America’s Cup is coming back to New Zealand; and already the media is reporting the economic benefits of a possible defence in Auckland. The odds are that it will be held in the City of Sails – and that seems the logical…

Wide range of projects for Kensington Swan pro bono team

From saving kiwi to boosting the arts, Kensington Swan’s pro bono team likes to dip its toes in a wide range of projects. Each year the team provides assistance to the Kiwi Trust, which aims to preserve the national icon and help them to flourish, and the Lake Taupo Protection Trust. It…
Why lawyers shouldn’t fear commoditisation

Why lawyers shouldn’t fear commoditisation

When I first started practising law in New Zealand the law firm at which I worked charged $1500 + GST for an employment agreement. In most cases, the agreement was formulaic and based off a template which didn’t require much alteration other than in perhaps 20% of cases. I don’t…

You, human lawyer, are allowed not to know things

I grew up in a house with a poster titled Life’s Little Instructions hung up in the bathroom. It included instructions like, “call your mother”, “return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full”, and “know how to make homemade brownies”. All fair enough, if rather Americo-centric. I would sing the contents…
Common themes in complaints against lawyers about Conveyancing

Common themes in complaints against lawyers about Conveyancing

Property complaints seem to be a growing area of complaints in New Zealand. For the past two years, property has been the area of practice which the Lawyers Complaints Service has received the highest number of complaints in. This year there has been a 7% increase in property complaints from…
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