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Three lawyers suspended from legal practice

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal suspended three lawyers from legal practice for periods ranging from three months to 12 months. The suspensions were the result of three separate sets of proceedings. Simon Nicholas ClaverSimon Nicholas Claver has been suspended from practising as a lawyer for 12 months from…

Made threat for improper purpose

All names used in this article are fictitious A lawyer who made a threat for an improper purpose has been censured and fined $5,000 by a lawyers standards committee. The lawyer, Maylie, was engaged by Traddles, in relation to a personal grievance she had raised against her former employer and Nupkins, a…

Tania Sharkey: It’s Island Time and the Pacific Lawyers Association

The walls of Tania Sharkey’s office are bare. The empty picture hooks and stark white palette are noticeably different to the busy reception area of Friendship Chambers in Manukau. When I ask about the lack of artwork, save for one out-of-place painting left over from the previous occupant, Ms Sharkey smiles and…

Counter complaint showed lack of insight

All names used in this article are fictitious A lawyer who made a “counter complaint” appeared to demonstrate a lack of insight into his own professional conduct and the role of the Lawyers Complaints Service, a lawyers standards committee said. The counter complaint was made on behalf of Langdale about another lawyer,…

Spreading the TLC

Coming from a family of teachers, Sydney-based lawyer Jessie Porteus has always had a passion, and great respect, for education as well as an unbridled enthusiasm for the law. A lawyer with a rare combination of legal experiences and a developed practice ranging from corporate and commercial law, to IP, competition…
The impact of risk and compliance on cross border sales and franchising agreements

The impact of risk and compliance on cross border sales and franchising agreements

The impact of risk and compliance to a franchisor looking to expand and sell their brand/franchise overseas is seen in two ways: A franchisor looking to expand into a foreign territory must conduct significant and thorough risk and compliance assessments. A franchisor cannot import the system they have into another country…

Finding a match: how well does pro bono work in New Zealand?

Does pro bono work done by New Zealand’s lawyers get to the people who are often denied legal assistance due to their financial position? Could more be done by the legal profession here to ensure that the right lawyers are matched with the right people? Craig Stephen asks some movers…
The Arbitration Amendment Act 2019: Further refinement

The Arbitration Amendment Act 2019: Further refinement

Since the UNCITRAL Model Law was adopted in New Zealand in the Arbitration Act 1996, few amendments have been necessary. We have a unified Act, which applies to both domestic and international arbitrations, and it has performed well, free of the complications in Australia, with its potentially competing state legislation…

Some criminal justice outcomes in 2018

Just over three-quarters of the cases in District and High Courts where adult prosecutions had an outcome resulted in conviction during 2018. Around the country there were some noticeable variations in conviction rate when analysed by ethnicity, gender, age, sentencing court and the type of offence. Statistics New Zealand has released…
The benefits of working flexibly for mental health and wellbeing

The benefits of working flexibly for mental health and wellbeing

When Sarah Taylor asked whether I would be interested in writing an article as part of a series aimed at destigmatising mental health in the legal profession, I jumped at the opportunity. At some point in our lives we will all have a friend, family member, colleague or our own…
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