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NZAL Lawyers successfully launched

NZAL Lawyers successfully launched

NZAL (New Zealand Asian Leaders) Lawyers was launched in Auckland on 10 June. The launch was well-attended, with over 125 members of the profession and distinguished guests, including the past President of the New Zealand Law Society Kathryn Beck, and Raymond Huo MP, Chair of the Justice Select Committee of…
Lagi Tuimavave, Wellington Family Law

Lagi Tuimavave, Wellington Family Law

New in the LawBorn in Samoa, Lagi Tuimavave is the oldest of five children and spent her formative high school years growing up in Wellington, attending Wellington Girls’ College. Bilingual in English and Samoan, Ms Tuimavave says that while she was an English studies buff, her favourite subject was legal studies,…
Climate crisis: the cold hard facts about all that “hot air”

Climate crisis: the cold hard facts about all that “hot air”

School students are striking, the Extinction Rebellion movement is growing, and local governments in New Zealand and around the world have declared a climate emergency. But not everyone is ready to join the zero emissions revolution. There are still sceptics, most notably in the White House, but also closer to…

Legal tech in New Zealand: Where’s the disruption?

Legal technology is a burgeoning industry with an enormous and vibrant array of conferences, workshops, hackathons, CLOC events and seminars around the world. Add the word “disruption” and throw in talk of artificial intelligence and robot lawyers and it becomes both exciting and sometimes confusing. In this issue of LawTalk…
Access to Justice: An insurance based proposal

Access to Justice: An insurance based proposal

Joss Opie continues the discussion about access to justice issues. He provides his view on mandatory pro bono and increases to legal aid funding, and summarises an innovative proposal: public legal expenses insurance The May issue of LawTalk included the article by Craig Stephen, “Finding a match: how well does pro…
The new union for legal workers. What does it want?

The new union for legal workers. What does it want?

The Aotearoa Legal Workers’ Union (ALWU) was launched in May in a blaze of publicity. New unions are rare, and the days of the closed shop and record levels of membership are long gone. Why do some members of the legal profession feel the need to form a union, and…

Mental health in the workplace

Less a problem to be solved, more an experience to be understoodIt has been good to see lawyers becoming more aware of their mental health at work. This series is a positive example of this, along with the Law Society’s Practising Well and a number of taskforces internationally on lawyer…
Directors' duties and the case for vulnerable trading?

Directors' duties and the case for vulnerable trading?

Earlier this year, in the space of 10 days, the New Zealand courts delivered two quite differing outcomes on the question of reckless trading under s 135 of the Companies Act 1993.

Is software eating the law? The world according to Simmonds Stewart

The technology industry is fond of the idiom “software is eating the world”. It paints a picture of technology crashing into every industry, requiring incumbent players to adopt cutting edge technologies or risk getting cast aside by smaller, tech-enabled alternatives. Simmonds Stewart partners Victoria Stewart and Andrew Simmonds have been using…

The hawks helping lawyers automate legal documents

LawHawk founder Gene Turner Back in 2016 LawHawk burst on to the New Zealand legal scene and has gone from strength to strength since. “Legal tech is taking off around the world, as people see how technology has revolutionised other industries and professions and want to bring the same benefits to law,”…
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