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What is good faith in franchising? Part 1

In my article in LawTalk 912 (November 2017), I explored the topic of whether or not there is an implied obligation of good faith in a franchise agreement. In this article, part one of a two-part series, I delve in more detail into what is meant by good faith, specifically…

Sad Thoughts

For retired lawyers to peruse LawTalk is a glimpse of a new and structured world. The very nature of law firms has changed beyond recognition from the memories we have of the friendly muddle which surrounded our own practices. Law firms were smaller and more personal; they did not carry…

Some recent legal books

Arbitration, 2nd editionBy Anthony Willy and Terry Sissons A lot has changed in the world of arbitration since retired District Court Judge Anthony Willy brought out the first edition in 2010. He has been joined by barrister and arbitrator Terry Sissons. Aimed at practitioners and students, the book contains 19 chapters…

Seamless return to the Bar for former Attorney-General

Chris Finlayson standing outside an imposing buildingHaving been a “lawyer in politics”, former Attorney-General Chris Finlayson QC says he will find the transition back to law an easy one. Mr Finlayson was Attorney-General throughout the nine years of the National-led Government, as well as being Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations…

NZ must adapt to evolving terror threat, study finds

New Zealand can’t be complacent about potential future terrorism threats: terrorism is constantly evolving, and we need to be prepared for the next wave, whatever form it comes in. That’s the view of Professor Alexander Gillespie of the University of Waikato, who has co-written a Law Foundation-funded study of New Zealand’s…

Update on legal aid

Gross legal aid payments have risen to their highest level in over eight years. The average gross payment made to each provider has also been moving up steadily, with an increase of 32% since 2013. In the same time, the number of providers who received a payment has fallen by…
Working separately but together: A profile of Barristers Chambers in Dunedin

Working separately but together: A profile of Barristers Chambers in Dunedin

Otago has a strong Independent Bar. It is a work style that particularly suits lawyers who are managing the demands of practising law in sync with other commitments such as being involved with Otago University, being a member of various boards or writing books. That is, perhaps, the appeal of not…

Consensus Building, Part 4: How to solve the problem

Well done – to get this far you have identified the opportunity for consensus building, got the key stakeholders on board and identified the main issues. But now your first meeting is about to commence, and you are concerned about how you are going to hold all of this together. Adopting…
Focus on Timaru: House prices and schooling major drawcards to Riviera of the South

Focus on Timaru: House prices and schooling major drawcards to Riviera of the South

It is hard to attract experienced young lawyers to Timaru, and to make matters worse, the pool isn’t great for someone looking for a soulmate to keep them in the South Canterbury centre. While recent law graduates will grab anything going, finding lawyers with two or three years’ experience is difficult,…

What is Agile and should I care?

Agile is the IT industry buzzword du jour. In fact, it’s so popular that it’s transcended the IT industry and has entered the general business lexicon. In fact, so potent is it that Spark famously declared that they are ‘going agile’ and told their employees that they either need to drink…
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