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Certified without confirming authority

A lawyer certified and submitted a land transfer instrument in Landonline without confirming that he had authority from both joint owners to do so, a lawyers standards committee has found. The committee censured the lawyer, Higden, for unsatisfactory conduct and ordered him to pay $1,000 costs. It also ordered that the…

Law firm deducted fees held for "particular purpose"

It was unsatisfactory conduct for a lawyer to deduct fees from client money being held for another “particular purpose”, the Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) has found. In LCRO 139/2017, the LCRO considered an application for a review of a lawyers standards committee decision to take no further action on a…

Standards committee takes no further action after criticism of judge

A lawyers standards committee decided to take no further action against a lawyer who said it was inappropriate for a District Court Judge to continue to serve on the bench. Auckland barrister Catriona MacLennan’s statements were the subject of an investigation following her public criticism of Judge John Brandts-Giesen. Judge Brandts-Giesen discharged…

Jessica Palmer’s pragmatic approach to the classroom and being Dean of Law

How do you juggle teaching law while being Dean of Law, along with managing a busy family life? Professor Jessica Palmer, who was admitted in 2002, was appointed Dean of Otago University’s Faculty of Law in April this year, replacing Professor Mark Henaghan. She is the first woman to be appointed…
Heart of the Waikato is a New Zealand success story

Heart of the Waikato is a New Zealand success story

In the past decade or so Hamilton has capitalised on its gateway status with businesses and people moving there for its lower costs, space and potential. It’s also a help that the never-ending growth of a certain city just up the road has benefits for the wider Upper North Island area. New…

Failed to comply with standards committee order

A lawyer has been fined $1,500 for failing to comply with a lawyers standards committee order to reduce a fee he charged. The committee determined that the failure to comply with the order was unsatisfactory conduct. Ms Witherfield complained to the Lawyers Complaints Service about the fees that the lawyer, Jorkins, charged…

Barrister sent letter without client’s approval

A barrister who sent out an important letter despite her client not having given her the say-so has been fined $1,500 by a lawyers standards committee. The committee also found that the barrister, Redlaw, failed to keep her client informed and/or consult her about ongoing instructions to an accountant. The committee made…

Lawyer guilty of misconduct and negligence is suspended

Serious negligence and incompetence has resulted in an Auckland lawyer being suspended from practice as a barrister or solicitor for 15 months. Jinyue (Paul) Young was found guilty of four charges by the Disciplinary Tribunal at different levels including misconduct, negligence and unsatisfactory conduct. The offending relates to a dispute between his…

No basis to apply 'without notice'

A barrister has been censured for filing and certifying a without notice application that was far below the threshold set by the Family Court Rules and the principles in Martin v Ryan [1990] 2 NZLR 209. When imposing the censure, a lawyers standards committee said it found the unsatisfactory conduct to…

Xiaoji Li, solicitor, Carson Fox Legal, Auckland

Born and raised in China, Xiaoji Li has had a prominent and varied career in both the Chinese and New Zealand justice sectors. Starting his education in China, Mr Li attended a highly-ranked police academy where he finished a law degree while training as a police officer. In 2002 he came to…
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