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Domestic violence and immigration policy

There are various points at which immigration and family law intersect; whether it is regarding final parenting orders of New Zealand citizen children granted to a temporary visa holder or an adoption order for a surrogate child born overseas. The focus of this piece is the intersection between an application…

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…
Animal welfare watchdog needed, study finds

Animal welfare watchdog needed, study finds

A Law Foundation-backed report is helping drive a push for more effective enforcement of animal welfare law. The report, Animal Welfare in New Zealand: Oversight, Compliance and Enforcement, gained considerable publicity on its release at the end of May around its key finding that less than one percent of complaints under…
Focus on legal practice in the Hutt Valley

Focus on legal practice in the Hutt Valley

It’s only a wee trip to the capital, but the Hutt has its own identityGiven 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…

The Innovators: Michael Heron QC

LawFest organiser Andrew King continues a series of interviews with key legal professionals with their innovation and technology stories.

Professor Penelope Mathew: Refugees and the University of Auckland

Penelope MathewPerched among the human rights law books in Professor Penelope Mathew’s office is a silver motorcycle helmet. “I ride a Vespa”, she says cheerfully. “But, I still have to get it through compliance over here – that’s what I’m going to do next.” The Australian export took over the deanship at…

Libra rising

In June, Facebook, along with a consortium of 27 partners (possibly more by the time you read this), announced the launch of its own cryptocurrency, Libra. Despite their considerable volatility, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have already proven that they are both technically viable and, given the hundreds of billions that they’re…
The court system grinds on slowly…

The court system grinds on slowly…

As a retired barrister (with over 20 years at the Sydney Bar as well) I find myself constantly coming to the conclusion that our court system is grinding along exceedingly slow. In my early days chasing around the courts of Christchurch, plus Wellington and other South Island centres, I recall…

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…

Some “ests” in the legal profession

Oldest law firm in the world: Thomson Snell and Passmore in Kent, England is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as being the oldest law firm in continuous operation. It was established in 1570 by Reverend Nicholas Hooper, a curate who set up in business as a “Scrivener and…
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