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Sir Ian Barker QC retires after more than 60 years in the law

Sir Ian Barker QC retires after more than 60 years in the law

Auckland-based former High Court Judge Sir Ian Barker QC has had a remarkable career that stretches back to the late 1950s. It’s a story that reads and feels as if two men were doing his law work as his immense contribution leaves you pondering whether it was possible for one man…
Fizzy drinks, baked beans and eggs fuelled mature student

Fizzy drinks, baked beans and eggs fuelled mature student

Viv d'Or Viv d’Or, lawyer at Viv d’Or Law, Petone and Tauranga.The oldest of five children, Hutt-based lawyer Viv d’Or had a diverse life before law, working in a number of different roles, including being an orchardist and a television producer. She didn’t start to study law until she was 53. Viv’s…

BeeGee the inspiration for Rugby World Cup star and Crown lawyer

Mike Mika doesn’t come from a family of lawyers but he was inspired in his two quests in life by a legend of rugby who went on to become a top lawyer. The loosehead prop starred for Otago, Southland and the Highlanders in the 1990s, played for a top English club…

Focus on ... legal practice in Thames/Coromandel

Gold is gone but there's plenty of diamonds in an area of contrastsIt is an area that developed with gold mining and, despite the lack of blue collar industries these days, tourism, housing and health keep the near two dozen lawyers based in Thames-Coromandel busy. One of those lawyers, Michael Ussher,…

Danger in relying on an interpreter

When a lawyer has a client and an interpreter is required, relying on an intermediary to the extent that all communication is through them seems to be “fraught with danger”, a lawyers standards committee has said. The committee was considering a complaint from a client who instructed the lawyer, Flite, and…

Censure and fine for incompetence

A lawyer who did not provide competent advice has been censured and fined $4,000. The lawyer, Meagles, acted for Mrs Pawkins and her adult son when they bought a residential property. At the time, Mrs Pawkins and her husband had separated and were living apart.

Mohammed Idris Hanif struck off roll of barristers and solicitors

Mohammed Idris Hanif has been struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal. In 2018 Mr Hanif was found guilty of knowingly providing false and misleading information to Immigration New Zealand and was sentenced to 10 months home detention.   Mr Hanif had acted…

Fined for lack of respect and courtesy

A lawyer has been fined $1,000 after his conduct in an employment related meeting was found to be “deliberately aggressive, overbearing and overly personalised”. The lawyer, Carton, represented an employee at a meeting with her employer. The employer was represented at the meeting by the employee’s manager and an HR representative.
Herman Visagie

Herman Visagie

Kia ora koutou It is my pleasure as the newly elected Vice-President Central North Island to be writing the introductory comments for this month’s LawTalk to introduce myself and comment on a few areas of interest to me.

Litigation funding and class actions

Litigation funding and class actions are increasingly becoming strong access to justice routes. But are there specific laws regulating these services? Is litigation funding an abuse of power? Do the laws that allow litigation funding and class actions need reform? What does the Government think? And could the courts withstand…
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