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Lawyer billed clients for work done after termination

A lawyer who charged and deducted fees for work she did after her retainer was terminated engaged in unsatisfactory conduct, the Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) has found. In May 2015 the clients instructed the lawyer, Bertram, to act for them in the sale and purchase of properties. By December 2015 the…

Censured for failing to confirm instructions

A lawyer who failed to ensure that he was doing what his clients had in mind has been censured by a lawyers standards committee. The Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO), in LCRO 234/2014, said he agreed with the committee’s finding of unsatisfactory conduct by the lawyer, Glansdale, and that the finding…

No independent advice and excessive fees — $15,000 fine

A lawyer has been censured and fined $15,000 for unsatisfactory conduct that arose while acting for a client in relation to a company liquidation. The lawyer, Snodgrass, acted for Mr A and companies of which he was a director. BackgroundWhen Mr A became aware the companies were facing some fairly serious problems,…

Embracing Diversity

The issue of diversity is both a huge challenge and a great opportunity. Cultural diversity in particular is essential to our growth, our ability to solve problems and to innovate. But so often when faced with diversity our unconscious judgement of others who appear different to us makes it all but…

Focus on ... Porirua

A city in its own right, Porirua is, however, often considered to be an extension of Wellington. The profession is composed mainly of sole practitioners and small practices, most of whom are based in the side streets of the small CBD, centred around the popular North City Shopping Centre. Tania Davis…

Snapshot of the profession 2018

After publishing statistics and information on the New Zealand legal profession in LawTalk throughout 2017, we have decided to revert to bringing them all together into an annual snapshot. Our snapshots – from 2011 to 2016, and now for 2018 – bring together information obtained from a number of sources,…

A young lawyer balancing the law and parenthood

Waiata BellAfter graduating in 2015, Waiata Bell is now a solicitor in Simpson Grierson’s Local Government and Environment team in their Auckland office. Between completing her LLB and her admission as a barrister and solicitor in November 2017, she became a mother. Rotorua-born, Ms Bell had a passion for hockey while…

New legal books

First published in 1997 to replace the New Zealand edition of the English Cheshire and Fifoot, the longstanding author team of Burrows, Finn and Todd has now become Finn, Todd and Barber – but retaining its University of Canterbury focus. The fifth edition of this definitive New Zealand work appeared…
A lawyers' cricketing XIII

A lawyers' cricketing XIII

Following our popular features on rugby, netball and football playing lawyers in editions of LawTalk during 2017, we now present a team of legal professionals who excelled in cricket. Now, if anyone knows of lawyers who have done well at golf, croquet or elephant polo … Martin Snedden Martin Snedden was a…

Study to assess sexual violence court pilot

A new Law Foundation-backed study will assess whether special court processes used in pilot sexual violence courts are making it less traumatising for complainants to give evidence. Elisabeth McDonald of the University of Canterbury, assisted by Paulette Benton-Greig of the University of Waikato, will compare procedures used in adult acquaintance rape…
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