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Email fraud: some very useful advice from CERT

New Zealand law firms continue to be threatened by widespread email fraud in which the fraudsters gain access to an email account and advise clients, or their lawyers, of a change in bank account details. Because it is usually connected to expected payments where time is of the essence –…

The superstar of mediation: Lee Jay Berman and his high profile cases

Lee Jay Berman is a go-to person for mediation in the United States, and over 2,300 mediated matters in close to 25 years backs that up. Mr Berman’s bread and butter is business, commercial, real estate and land use disputes, but he has intervened in cases involving actors, athletes and warring…

Lawyer failed to reply to liquidator

Names used in this article are fictitious Failure to reply to a liquidator who was seeking information under the Companies Act 1993 was unsatisfactory conduct, the Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) has found. An accountant, Mr Handford, was liquidator of a company. He complained that Mr Bardell, the partner of law firm…
Focus on The Far North: Every day is different for the legal community in a diverse district

Focus on The Far North: Every day is different for the legal community in a diverse district

The Far North is a vast rural area with a collection of towns of no more than a few thousand population each. But it’s on the rise as people move out of Auckland and elsewhere for a better lifestyle, but those large new homes and baches hide an immense poverty and…
Sir Ron Young throws himself into role as head of NZ Parole Board

Sir Ron Young throws himself into role as head of NZ Parole Board

Long-serving judge Sir Ron Young has turned his back on ‘retirement’ for what he describes as the “really worthwhile” job of chairing the New Zealand Parole Board. The former Chief District Court Judge spent three decades in the judiciary. He was appointed President of the Electoral Commission in 2000, joined the…

Reprimanded over property transfer issues

Names used in this article are fictitious A lawyer, Radfoot, has been reprimanded, fined and ordered to pay compensation following a complaint that he had failed to transfer ownership of a home as agreed. Radfoot acted for Ms Tapley in a protracted relationship property dispute between Ms Tapley and Mr Plornish.…

Robyn Philippa Joy Fendall struck off Roll

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has struck Robyn Philippa Joy Fendall off the roll of barristers and solicitors. Ms Fendall was found to have been guilty of professional misconduct by reason of disgraceful or dishonourable conduct. Her misconduct related to false declarations made in relation to an income protection…

Rico Scott Horsley censured

Auckland lawyer Rico Scott Horsley has been censured by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal. The Tribunal found Mr Horsley guilty of negligence in his professional capacity. It found that his actions were at the lower end of the scale of negligence and noted that it was his first…

Michael Meyrick censured for two years

Michael Brian Meyrick has been suspended from practising as a barrister and solicitor for two years. The suspension has been imposed by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal and is effective from 3 May 2018. Mr Meyrick has retired from legal practice. On 3 May the Tribunal found Mr Meyrick…

Joining the judiciary: The thoughts of three of our leading women judges

What skills, experience and qualities are needed to become a member of New Zealand’s judiciary? What’s it like being a judge? How do the women in our judiciary balance being mothers? At a recent event organised by the Auckland Women Lawyers Association, three women who are long-serving members of the…
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