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Claudia King, who until a few months ago was the director of law firm Dennis King Law and its online brand Legal Beagle, recalls “doing a lot of really repetitive and boring document creation” as a lawyer. “I also spent a lot of time reviewing documentation prepared by my team as…

Lawyers in Rotorua

When Kiri Tahana decided to leave her corporate law job in Dubai she made the move back home to Rotorua after 15 years overseas. “This is where I’m from. I’m from Ngati Pikiao, Rotoiti, so I was always keen to eventually return home and use my legal skills to help…

Everlaw e-discovery software

Cloud-based eDiscovery software Everlaw aims to make electronic discovery as easy as a Google search or finding a movie on Netflix. Everlaw has been in the New Zealand market for about 18 months, through a partnership with Nulegal. Ben Kennedy, manager at eDiscovery and forensics at Nulegal, says Everlaw embodies machine…

The voices of history

Dame Judith PotterThe stories of some of New Zealand’s pioneering women judges have been recorded for posterity – in their own voices. The New Zealand Women Judges Oral Histories project was the brainchild of the New Zealand Association of Women Judges, and was overseen by Dame Judith Potter and Justice Susan…

‘Distributed Courts’: AVL in New Zealand’s Courts

Chief Justice Sian Elias’ address, Managing Criminal Justice, to the Criminal Bar Association Conference in Auckland in August, raised a number of important concerns about so-called ‘innovations’ in New Zealand’s criminal justice system over the past decade. The use of audio-visual technology (AVL) in our courts was one of those…

Human rights lawyer vows to defend the defenceless

Golriz GhahramanBeing uprooted from her home country as a child to escape a repressive regime has shaped human rights lawyer and new MP Golriz Ghahraman’s career and outlook. Ms Ghahraman left Iran in 1990 when she was nine, and her family were soon granted political asylum in New Zealand. “I lived through…

Global links aid firm’s local work

Adam Holloway Law giant DLA Piper has connections in most parts of the globe, which is extremely handy when it comes to arranging pro bono projects in New Zealand. The firm describes itself as “one of the largest providers in the world” of pro bono services, with 270,000 hours donated during 2016. Adam…

More on the new Land Transfer Act

My last update (A New Land Transfer Act, LawTalk 909, August) considered three key issues arising from the Land Transfer Act 2017: the new terminology of “record of title” (RT), the new “manifest injustice” test as an important exception to immediate indefeasibility, and covenants in gross (and the continued role…

Lawyers do surf… and an Easter 2018 national competition will present the evidence

There’s a night scene on a sandy beach during the classic original Point Break movie where the undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah says he went to law school. He is talking to the surfers otherwise known as the criminal group the Ex-Presidents. The film’s protagonist, Bodhi says “You’re a lawyer, well…

Changing the way we argue: Part 2 – Why go to war?

The current paradigm for dispute resolution is litigation – a rights-based adversarial model that reflects an "argument-as-war" metaphor. This paradigm has its origins in Greek philosophy, which introduced a focus on critical analysis and deductive reasoning. That is, the process of applying logical principles to given premises or general facts…
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