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The Good Lawyer Project

In a perfect world, a client charged with a criminal offence should be judged by evidence and that alone. However, it is widely accepted that “first impressions” can play a role in the courtroom when it comes to how clients are perceived. In January, a judge in Otago sent seven defendants…
Fifty years since the Woodhouse Report

Fifty years since the Woodhouse Report

On 13 December 1967 the Royal Commission on “Compensation for Personal Injury in New Zealand” chaired by Sir Owen Woodhouse, reported its findings to the Governor-General Sir Arthur Porritt. The report, which became known as the Woodhouse Report, attracted worldwide attention because it exposed the shortcomings of the common law fault…

Stu Webster 'Attorney at Law' in California

Stu WebsterMany lawyers, after 30 years of practice, are probably thinking more about changing down a gear rather than accelerating their career. But that’s far from the case for former Napier lawyer Stu Webster who three years ago moved to the United States to become an ‘Attorney at Law’. It would be…
McCaw Lewis' active community involvement

McCaw Lewis' active community involvement

A Hamilton firm is reaching out to the growing Pacific communities and Māori entrepreneurs in the Waikato region. McCaw Lewis is a long-standing firm in the city with 51 staff. Recently, it established the Pasifika Law Initiative to further develop its relationship with the Pacific community in Waikato. Aidan Warren, the firm’s Managing…

Unlocking potential through the Litigants in Person Service

People without legal representation in bankruptcy disputes in the Auckland High Court will now be able to access free legal assistance through the new Litigants in Person Service. The pilot service will extend to lay litigants in the Employment Court (in Auckland) from April 2018. The service is part of an…

Rise of the Machines: Driverless Vehicles

Over the next couple of columns I’m going to look at the incredible impact that artificial intelligence (the ‘rise of the machines’) is going to have on the legal industry and on our day-to-day lives. In this article we look at a subject that is very close to my heart –…

Watch out for lawyer creep

One of the best ways to maintain mental health in your work is to have friends who are not lawyers and to see them a lot. That is because many of the skills it takes to be a good lawyer are not necessarily the skills it takes to be a…

Gender and Equality: an alternative view of the new policy on equitable engagement

On 5 December 2017, the Gender Equitable Engagement and Instruction Policy (Policy), promoted and managed by the New Zealand Bar Association and the New Zealand Law Society, was launched. Its key objective is that Policy adopters “will use reasonable endeavours to have women lawyers with relevant expertise take a lead…
Social media and networking in the workplace

Social media and networking in the workplace

The term ‘social network’ may seem like a modern concept – but it has been around since the 19th century. The English-American temperance reformer and lecturer John B Gough used the term in his autobiography, released in 1845/46, to describe a downward spiral in his youth following the death of his…

Search and Surveillance review aims for greater clarity and transparency in statute

The Law Commission and the Ministry of Justice have published a joint report on the operation of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012. The report finds that the Act has largely been working well and does not need a major overhaul. The 67 recommendations in the report aim to provide…
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