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Barriers to participation: What's in the way of resolving workplace problems?

The Symposium organising committee (from left to right): Employment Relations Authority Chief James Crichton, Employment Court Chief Judge Christina Inglis, Authority member Robin Arthur and AUT Professor of Work Erling Rasmussen. Barriers to pursuing employment claims were under scrutiny at a recent symposium hosted in Auckland by AUT’s Work Research Institute,…

Quest for a Bequest: a new online service for lawyers working on bequests

Upper Hutt lawyer Reg Newell and his wife Heather, an experienced fundraiser, have created a new online registry service to manage bequests or legacies left to charities. Mr Newell explains that the initiative at Quest for a Bequest came about through frustration when dealing with these matters. “Some of the information I…

Consensus Building, Part 3

A Consensus Building Approach (CBA) is only as good as its participants. In a majority rules process there are few players and most of them take a passive role. Take our parliamentary process as an example: the Speaker of the House is the in-house rules expert determining whether parliamentarians are working…

Conference will celebrate Dame Sian’s achievements

“Sian Elias is being appointed [Chief Justice] because of her outstanding legal ability, her empathy with the community in all its diversity and the leadership and foresight she will bring to this role. “At the age of 50, she is in the vanguard of a new generation of leaders in the…

Comic-strip work contracts

Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has replaced its standard employment contract with a visual, interactive version. Developed in partnership with Law Professor Camilla Andersen from the University of Western Australia, Aurecon’s visual contract’s comic-strip design removes more than 5,500 words used in the company’s previous traditional employment contracts and…

Tiana Epati, President-Elect

Tiana EpatiTalofa 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…

Culture Manager role established at Law Society

Kerrin Humphrey has joined the New Zealand Law Society in the role of Culture Manager. This new position will work closely with the Culture Change Taskforce. Kerrin Humphrey joins the Law Society from the New Zealand Defence Force where she was a strategic adviser on OP RESPECT, the Defence Force’s…

Cross leases and Re McKay

It would be nice to be able to say that cross leases are loved and hated in equal measure, but that simply isn’t true. The hate very much outweighs the love. Cross leases have many detractors, but few supporters. I am close to being a supporter, or at worst neutral. Cross…

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

Suzanne Innes-KentSuzanne 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…

“Benchmark” helps vulnerable witnesses achieve justice

A new online resource will help judges and lawyers work more effectively with vulnerable witnesses and defendants, who often face difficulties navigating the legal system and achieving justice. Based on a British model, Benchmark includes an initial seven guidelines, including pre-trial case management for vulnerable witnesses and working with court-appointed communications…
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