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One man’s Celtic Crusade …

Jock Anderson is familiar to many lawyers from his long career as a court reporter and legal commentator and for the popular lawyer profiles he has written every week for the past four years for the Law Society’s LawPoints e-newsletter. For 61 years Aberdeen-born Jock (now 72) had to admit to…

Professor Penelope Mathew: Refugees and the University of Auckland

Perched among the human rights law books in Professor Penelope Mathew’s office is a silver motorcycle helmet.
Focus on legal practice in the Hutt Valley

Focus on legal practice in the Hutt Valley

Given the proximity to its neighbour it’s understandable that, in many ways, the Hutt Valley is intrinsically linked to Wellington. But, despite the 20-minute drive to the capital, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt have distinct legal communities, often dealing with issues and situations more in common with many suburban and…

Fined for acting while conflicted

A lawyer has been fined $1,000 by the Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO) for continuing to act after it became clear he would no longer be able to discharge the obligations he owed two clients. In LCRO 136/2016, the LCRO found unsatisfactory conduct on the part of M, a lawyer, and…

Law firm tips the scales and takes out gender diversity award

It’s a significant achievement when a law firm gains a major award for gender diversity in the workplace, particularly when the culture of law firms has been a big talking point over the past year or so. At June’s Women in Governance awards, Canterbury law firm Saunders Robinson Brown took home…

Acting for both parties in a transaction

A lawyer has been censured and fined $5,000 because he acted for two parties where there was a more than negligible risk he was unable to discharge his obligations to one or more of the clients. The lawyer’s conduct amounted to a “serious breach of his professional obligations” and “warranted a…
Memories of the Auckland Magistrates’ Courts

Memories of the Auckland Magistrates’ Courts

Sir Ian was admitted as a solicitor in 1957. Over his long career in the law he has worked as a solicitor, barrister, High Court Judge, law academic, arbitrator and mediator. In the first of an occasional series, he turns his memory back to practising in Auckland in the 1960s…

Civil rights in the United States: using the law to get around the law

In the southern states of the US the economic importance of slavery and the accompanying belief in the inherent superiority of the white race led to a system of racial segregation that was sanctified by law and practice. Though frequently challenged it became very difficult to change. This is the story…

Perspectives on the disclosure of information to beneficiaries of family trusts

In this article, we present two perspectives on an important issue for trustees and families: the legal view from Henry Brandts-Giesen, partner at Kensington Swan, and a humanistic view from David Werdiger, experienced family adviser and international bestselling author on family business and wealth. The legal view – Henry Private wealth is…
Being a supporter: What it’s like to live with someone who has a mental illness

Being a supporter: What it’s like to live with someone who has a mental illness

It is odd to begin with an apology, but I’m sorry, this article is anonymous. There shouldn’t be stigma discussing mental illness, but as a supporter only half of this story is mine to tell. I understand why my husband is reluctant to be named. He doesn’t want his mental…
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