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Commerce Commission poised to ramp up enforcement of Fair Trading Act 1986 ‘unfair contract terms’ provisions

Provisions in the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA) prohibiting the inclusion of ‘unfair contract terms’ (UCT) in standard form consumer contracts came into force on 15 March 2015. Since then, the Commerce Commission has issued guidance on UCTs and conducted industry-wide reviews of telecommunications, retail energy and gym contracts, identifying…

Pathways in the law: Gibson Sheat, Practising sports law in the professional era

The law firm Gibson Sheat has a long history in the Wellington region, with its origins dating back to the early 1900s. Today it has three offices, in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Masterton, with lawyers covering a wide area of practice with expertise in all aspects of business, litigation, personal legal…

Lawyers’ action as a client unacceptable

[Names used in this article are ficticious] A lawyer who makes a threat to gain traction in negotiations is acting in a way that is “prejudicial to the administration of justice” a lawyers standards committee has said. The committee considered a complaint about a lawyer, Guildford, who made a threat in a…

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…

Clifton Lyon censured and fined $10,000

Clifton Killip Lyon has been censured and fined $10,000 by a lawyers standards committee, following two findings of unsatisfactory conduct. A standards committee conducted an own-motion investigation into the conduct of a suspended lawyer, S. During the course of that investigation potential issues arose concerning Mr Lyon’s conduct that were referred…

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…

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…

Lawyers must follow up instructions

[Names used in this article are ficticious] It is important for lawyers to deal with the ownership structure in relation to licences to occupy, particularly when they are dealing with clients in second relationships, a lawyers standards committee says. The committee observed that lawyers should have a ‘difficult conversation’ early on…

New UK reporting obligations and how they may affect New Zealand

New Zealand has long been a favoured destination for British expats, with recent estimates suggesting there are more than 300,000 British citizens living here. Some reports have predicted a further surge in interest as a result of Brexit. Furthermore, many New Zealanders migrate in the other direction but maintain financial…

Collaborative, Indispensable Legal Service: A strategy for Crown Law

Una Jagose QC, Solicitor-General and Chief Executive of Crown Law, talks with Katherine Lancaster, Senior Advisor Government Legal Network, about her ambitious vision for the stewardship of Crown legal service. There is an old German proverb: what is the use of running if you’re not on the right road? The phrase…
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