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Startup marketing techniques for lawyers — Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part series. In this issue we look at some of the other startup marketing techniques that can be used effectively by lawyers. Engineering as marketingBuild something useful, put your name on it and it will advertise your firm forever. The concept behind using engineering…

Lawyer should have checked property ownership

When preparing a will it is incumbent on a lawyer to establish whether the will-maker’s wishes can be put into effect, the Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) says. To that end, a lawyer owes his or her client a duty to check the ownership of the client’s property. In LCRO 201/2017,…

Barrister missed service deadline

A barrister failed to serve the required application and affidavit to set aside bankruptcy notices on the judgment creditors within time which constituted unsatisfactory conduct, the Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) has found in LCRO 35/2015. The barrister, Bantam, represented Mr Crimple and Ms Datchery in High Court proceedings to set…

LCRO upholds no further action decision

The Legal Complaints Review Officer has upheld a lawyers standards committee decision to take no further action on a complaint. The lawyer, Gargery, acted for Mr Woodcourt on a relationship property matter. Mr and Mrs Woodcourt were married in 1963. They separated in the mid-1970s and their marriage was dissolved in 1986.…

Failed to provide client care information

A lawyer who gave a client advice and assistance was found to be providing regulated services, despite the lawyer considering she was not yet engaged. This finding of a lawyers standards committee was upheld by the Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO). The client, Mr Summerson, consulted the lawyer, Dilber, on a challenge…

Adine Wilson: The gold-medal netballer inspired by John Grisham to break into law

Few of us could truthfully say that what we wanted to do for a career when we are eight years old we actually followed up on. Personally, I wanted to be a train driver. But in primary school ex-Silver Fern and now commercial lawyer Adine Wilson knew exactly what her career paths…

Suzanne Innes-Kent, Judges' Clerk, Employment Court, Auckland

Suzanne Innes-Kent has an impressive list of qualifications: an LLB(Hons); LLM (Distinction); Dip Soc Sci (Distinction) and BA(Hons). But that only tells part of her story. Suzanne has also trained and worked in a myriad of fields, and a war zone. She has trained election monitors in Italy, doctors involved in…

Firm did not maintain due separation between offices

A law firm which did not establish and maintain “due separation” between its office and the office of an employment advocate breached rule 11.1 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008 (RCCC), the Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) found in LCRO 240/2017. The law firm,…

Tiana Epati, President-Elect

Talofa lava Mahia i runga i te rangimarie me te ngakau mahake. I am very humbled and honoured to have been elected President of the New Zealand Law Society. I will become the 31st President and I am deeply mindful that I am joining a long line of people who have taken…

Oversight didn't warrant disciplinary action

A lawyer’s oversight, where he did not notice an overpayment to his client, did not warrant a disciplinary response, the Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) has found. The lawyer, Grueby, acted for the vendors of a residential property purchased by Mr Tulkinghorn and his family trust. The agreement for sale and purchase…
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