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Michael Robinson was not struck off

We offer our sincere apologies for an incorrect assertion in the article “Characters in the Law” by David Sparks, which was published in LawTalk 925, February 2019. This stated that Auckland lawyer Michael Robinson was struck off. This is wrong. Mr Robinson was never struck off and we would like…

Some more characters in the law

Harry ArndtFollowing David Sparks’ memories of characters in the law in LawTalk 925 (February 2019), Don Rennie has cast his mind back in time. Don has had a long career in the law and is the convenor of the Law Society’s Accident Compensation Committee. I was interested to read about some…
Dispute prevention: Using mediation as a business tool, Part One

Dispute prevention: Using mediation as a business tool, Part One

“We are used to thinking about competitions in which there is only one winner… But the world is not really like that… The key to doing well lies not in overcoming others, but in eliciting their cooperation.” – Robert Axelrod Mediation is often effective if the parties can engage in person…
An innovative approach to school property investment

An innovative approach to school property investment

How the Ministry of Education is managing its forward construction programmeThe Ministry of Education’s Infrastructure Service (EIS) is responsible for managing the Crown’s investment in school property, school transport, ICT infrastructure and the schools’ payroll system. Our $28.7 billion property portfolio includes more than 15,000 school buildings across more than…
Bethell v Bethell

Bethell v Bethell

Third party ante-nuptial trust amounts to nuptial settlementThe most recent High Court decision on s 182 of the Family Proceedings Act 1980 provides an interesting example of trust-busting in the post-Clayton era. Section 182 allows a court to make an order to vary an ante-nuptial or postnuptial settlement at the same…

Families at war (and not in the Family Court)

As lawyers, we often receive instructions from clients who are in dispute with family members. This could be about a variety of issues, from disputes over distribution of estates, to fallings out over joint business enterprises. How do we, as lawyers, actually help such clients? Sure, we can provide legal advice…
Mindfulness for New Zealand lawyers

Mindfulness for New Zealand lawyers

Become a switched-on, focused, resilient and joyful lawyerImagine being able to fully concentrate at work without constant nagging thoughts. Imagine being able to stay calm in stressful situations. Imagine being productive at work the entire day. Imagine being a lawyer with a razor-sharp focus. Imagine being able to leave work…
Lawyers and social media

Lawyers and social media

In July 2013, an article in LawTalk 812 entitled “Social media’s legal criteria”, quoted figures showing that about 2.3 million New Zealanders, or roughly 51% of the population, were on Facebook alone. By January 2018 this figure had grown significantly, with statistics company Statista estimating that 73% of the population,…
What does it take to be a partner or a director… And is it right for you?

What does it take to be a partner or a director… And is it right for you?

Being a principal in a law firm (whether as a partner or director) is, in my opinion, more of an art than a science and definitely not for everyone. Working out if it’s for you can be stressful, but in my experience, there are some key personal attributes that you’ll…
Eating healthly: No one size fits all

Eating healthly: No one size fits all

Recent research out of Australia indicates that, in comparison to other professionals and students in other disciplines, lawyers and law students may experience consistently higher levels of psychological distress. There is also a demonstrated positive association between psychological distress, disordered eating, weight and shape concerns and maladaptive eating habits. It’s…
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