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Trust deed audits: a reminder of regulatory change

The auditing requirements for issuer trust deeds are in the Financial Markets Conduct Regulations 2014 and previously in the Securities Regulations 2009 and the Deposit Takers Regulations 2010. Under the old regulations, a number of terms were implied into, or required in, trust deeds. These included requirements to provide separate audit…

Victoria Anderson, Wairarapa sole practitioner

An accomplished family lawyer with a passion for children and families, Victoria Anderson has worked mainly as a family lawyer for most of her legal career. Admitted to the Bar at the Hamilton High Court in July 1989, Victoria has been practising for 28 years. She practised in Hamilton, Tauranga and…

Helping Muslim travellers deal with authorities

A Law Foundation-backed project is helping ease concerns among New Zealand’s Muslim community about their treatment by security authorities. The Human Rights Foundation project has been prompted by complaints about the treatment of Muslims in airport security checks and in their interactions with the SIS in particular. They claim to have…

Focus on legal practice in Whangarei

Thirty-six years ago Steve Wong got off a bus in Whangarei carrying just a suitcase. He came to town to take up a job at the law firm Johnson Hooper. Mr Wong hadn’t planned on staying long, but two years down the track he was offered a partnership at the…

Equal Justice Project helps practical skills development

Equal Justice project volunteers at the organisation's opening event. The Equal Justice Project’s pro bono initiative gives law students invaluable opportunities to gain experience while working on human rights projects in New Zealand. The team offers support to practitioners, academics, interest organisations and community groups who share the charity’s goals of promoting…

Pricing and the ‘Dunning-Kruger Effect’

When working with partners to assist them on a specific pricing proposal, all too often the conversation goes something like this; “So what levels of resourcing will be required for this and how long do you think it’ll take?” “Well, with a fair wind and assuming all goes well and the other…

Greater awards of reparation for significant life changing harm

Victims of offending may now be eligible to receive greater awards of reparation following the amendment of section 32 of the Sentencing Act 2002 to allow for recovery of consequential loss not covered by the Accident Compensation Act 2001. The amendment effectively overturned the majority decision of the Supreme Court in…

Pathways in the Law: Claro the health law firm

Claro is a specialist health sector law firm with offices in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Its team has a breadth of experience in this important area of law. “Perhaps what I enjoy most about working in the health sector is the variety,” says one of the two partners, Dr Jonathan Coates. “In any…

Marking up and signing documents without printing them

Portable Document Format (PDF) files have been around since the early 1990’s, when Adobe had the fantastic idea of creating a standard document format that would allow people to share documents in an ‘as printed’ format that would look the same on every device. The PDF file format was an elegant…
Better conversations part 3: Language, messaging and the lost art of direct conversation

Better conversations part 3: Language, messaging and the lost art of direct conversation

Why is it that when we send a carefully crafted settlement letter explaining why we are right and the other side wrong, the other party does not simply agree with us and settle on our terms? Might our choice of language prevent a reply that leads to an open exchange…
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