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Notable quotes

I just felt compelled to raise with LawTalk the inclusion of a “Notable Quote” in the latest edition of LawTalk [Issue 915, March 2018, page 99]. In particular, the quote from Russell McVeagh HR director, announcing the firm’s sponsorship of gay and inclusive rugby club, the New Zealand Falcons. While I…

E tipu, e rea! The use of te reo Māori is growing!

Alana Thomas Te Reo Māori is growing in the law sector and we need to grow with it. What’s great to see is that a lot of people are already on board; a lot of people see that there is a need to understand te reo Māori, and a lot of people…

Focus on... Lawyering in suburban Christchurch

Christchurch’s legal profession is heavily based in the suburbs. Given the city’s recent history this makes perfect sense. The city has 1240 lawyers and, before 2011, most of them were based in the CBD, particularly along and around Durham Street. With more than a thousand buildings within the four avenues demolished following…

Embracing Diversity

Humans are a diverse, different, collection of individuals inhabiting the planet, competing for our share of what’s available. This statement is true, and also not true. To understand this paradox we must examine diversity on two different levels: our experience of being part of a complete whole, and diversity as part…

Andrew Little, Minister of Justice

Andrew LittleAndrew Little was appointed Minister of Justice in the new Government at the end of 2017. He grew up in New Plymouth before heading to Victoria University of Wellington to study law. A diversion into student politics saw him become President of the Victoria University Students’ Association and of…
Fees for ACC reviews and appeals

Fees for ACC reviews and appeals

A recent case has highlighted an issue for lawyers and advocates who charge a fee for representing a claimant in a review or appeal against an ACC decision. Natasha Howell of Christchurch had her weekly ACC payments stopped. In June 2017 she engaged Andrew Cadenhead, an enrolled barrister and solicitor who…

Elder law, for lawyers less concerned by the tick of the clock

Bill Herbison and assistant Jock the West Highland TerrierOne of the perks of practising elder law can be found in the little traditions such as a plate of home baking offered at a meeting. That’s right, scones and slices are not myths nor folklore and can often moderate the tone of…

From housing law to Airbnb

Housing law has seen a rapid pace of change over the last few years. Various pieces of legislation, case law, and law reform include: The Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas Act 2013, which creates a regime for the creation of special housing areas outside normal RMA processes. The Productivity Commission’s reports…
What is the New Zealand Law Society doing?

What is the New Zealand Law Society doing?

The Law Society has embarked upon a plan of action which addresses any structural or systemic problems in reporting and outing incidents of sexual harassment. It is also implementing a range of actions which have the objective of being practical means to openly and fully address the issue of sexual…

Other alternatives for reporting sexual assault

Policies, open discussion, good processes and a supportive environment may still not mean that staff in legal workplaces feel comfortable approaching their managers or colleagues. The Law Society is working to establish an outside alternative and some organisations also have arrangements for outside assistance. Two other alternative, the New Zealand…
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