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Made threat for improper purpose

[Names used in this summary are fictitious] Informing two real estate agents that his clients would complain about them to the Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA) unless they paid $50,000 compensation was unsatisfactory conduct by a lawyer, a lawyers standards committee has found. The real estate agents acted for the vendor of…

How gold and grog made Oamaru a thriving criminal capital

In the mid-1800s, when Oamaru was the gateway to the Otago goldfields and bigger than Dunedin, more than 13% of the town’s population appeared in court. The port town was called a drunken metropolis “full of inebriated sailors and prostitutes” and with the highest crime rates in Otago. After the gold mining…

Technology helping to overcome barriers at work

Auckland barrister sole Masumi Scherb has been “pretty much fully” blind since birth. And like other blind lawyers he has found technology a massive boost to his ability to do his work. “We’ve come a long way since I was admitted and I use a lot of Apple technology. I have an…

Client should have been told about legal aid eligibility

[Names used in this summary are fictitious] Failure to alert a client that she may have been eligible for legal aid constituted unsatisfactory conduct by a lawyer, a lawyers standards committee has found. The lawyer, Omer, acted for Ms Wegg in an action against her employer. During the course of the case,…
Tyson Hullena: Battling cancer to become a lawyer

Tyson Hullena: Battling cancer to become a lawyer

Kahui Legal solicitor Tyson Hullena (Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira) has travelled a long and somewhat bumpy road to becoming a lawyer. Raised in Wairarapa, Tyson’s father works in education, his mother works in management and his two younger siblings are in banking and the New Zealand Navy, with the…

Fined for overcharging

[Names used in this summary are fictitious] Two lawyers who overcharged a client have been fined $2,000 and ordered to reduce their fees by a lawyers standards committee. The client, Ms Quilp, had separated from her former partner. When her former partner learned that Ms Quilp had booked overseas travel for her…

Lawyer took satisfactory steps after error

[Names used in this summary are fictitious] A lawyers standards committee has resolved not to impose a disciplinary finding against a lawyer who breached her professional obligations when she disclosed information she shouldn’t have. The lawyer, Noggs, was contacted by Ms Wemmick in relation to her separation from her husband, Mr Hexam.…

Kamil Lakshman: Representing those who have escaped from the worst that life can throw up

Immigration and refugee lawyer Kamil Lakshman was unaware that law was in her family bloodline until she was a teenager. Mrs Lakshman was born in Suva, Fiji, but never knew her father, a lawyer and a University of Canterbury graduate, who died when she was just three months old.
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From the Law Society

Kathryn Beck It’s been almost one year since the New Zealand Law Society introduced the Gender Equality Charter to the legal community. There’s been a good response with 112 signatories – including many of the largest firms in the country – committing to this important workplace initiative. We want to see 30%…

Talking about mental health: A utopia of lawyer mental health

Work should not injure you or make you sick, but sometimes it does. There are types of work that need to be done that make you subject to higher risks. If you’re a forestry worker, you’re at risk of logging accidents. If you’re an electrician, you’re at risk of electric shock…
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