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A law student perspective: how the future should look

A law student perspective: how the future should look

“A lot of law firms want to put our names on them as a student, but we also need to feel that we can put our names on them as a firm.” 2018 has so far seen the legal profession saturated in allegations of sexual harassment, assault and bullying occurring in…

Keeping Track: Some measures at 13 April 2018

New Zealand-based lawyers: 13,258   Women: 6669 (50.3%)   Men: 6589 (49.7%)   Lawyers in multi-lawyer firms: 7770   Partners and directors: 2870   Women partners & directors: 898 (31.3%)   Men partners & directors: 1972 (68.7%)   Employed lawyers: 4900   Women employees: 3003 (61.3%) Male employees: 1897 (38.7%) In-house lawyers: 2954 Women in-house: 1820 (61.6%) Men in-house: 1057 (38.4%) New Zealand Judiciary (permanent): Court Women Men % Women % Men Supreme 3 2 60% 40% Appeal 2 8 20% 80% High (incl Associate) 16 31 34% 66% District 52 107 33% 67% Environment 2 7 22% 78% Māori Land 3 7 30% 70% Employment 2 3 40% 60% Total 80 165 33% 67% *Note that…
Paradise to the courthouse in just under half an hour

Paradise to the courthouse in just under half an hour

Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf is connected to the mainland by ferries that set off every half hour during working hours. This gives the small group of practitioners based there easy access to the Auckland CBD. According to ferry operator Fullers, Waiheke Island boasts “92 square kilometres of pristine beaches,…

Anti-harassment policies

I read with interest your recent articles regarding bullying in the profession and was interested to see the responses from the larger firms. I work in one of the large firms, and one that has been quoted in LawTalk as having had anti-harassment policies for many years. Yet, during the…

Kiwi lawyer’s exposé of inaction into murder, abuse and exploitation on the high seas

Thomas Harre with cartA New Zealand lawyer has completed a PhD on transnational criminal law at Melbourne Law School that reveals the horrors of life in the South-east Asian fishing industry and the lack of political will to change it. Thomas Harré’s focus was on how transnational criminal law relates to…

Embracing Diversity

Humans are diverse and different; a collection of individuals inhabiting the planet and all competing for our share of what’s available. The previous article in this series (LawTalk 916, April 2018, page 29) posited that this statement is true, and also not true. To understand that paradox it is necessary to…

The paradox of meritocracy

The New Zealand Law Society has launched its Gender Equality Charter for the legal profession, as an initiative to support the retention and advancement of women in the legal profession. The introduction to the Charter quite properly observes that a commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion is not…

The "modular" General Counsel

The role of an in-house counsel is a busy one. On any given day we can find ourselves dispensing legal advice, certifying documents, finding templates, managing contractual obligations, proofreading that really important paper for the Board/Minister, or just providing general reassurance. Think then of the poor General Counsel who supervises…

Fonterra legal team action on bullying and harassment

Andrew Cordner is Director of Legal at Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, the New Zealand company with the biggest profit. LawTalk posed several questions to him about the workplace environment for its legal team. Does Fonterra have a policy and process in place which addresses any form of harassment and bullying in…

The role of the Law Society Inspectorate team

The Inspectorate team assists with carrying out the Law Society’s regulatory functions by administering a scheme for the protection of money entrusted to law firms trust accounts known as the financial assurance scheme. A team of 11 staff are involved in this work – the Inspectorate Manager, one administrator and nine…
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