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New Incorporated Societies Act — Progress Report 1

In a series of three articles, incorporated societies expert Mark von Dadelszen will look at the proposed reform of the law relating to incorporated societies. This will involve a complete overhaul of the existing century-old legislation. Read part two and part three. A brief history of the reform process An 1895 New…

Legal profession history

On 3 September 1869 Parliament passed the New Zealand Law Society’s Act 1869, for all barristers and solicitors of the Supreme Court lawfully practising within the Colony of New Zealand to “for ever hereafter be and be called one body politic and corporate in deed and in law by the…

150 years on

Tiana EpatiOn 3 September, the Law Society will arrive at exactly 150 years since it was first organised under the New Zealand Law Society’s Act 1869. I could go on about the detailed history, and what happened in 1897. I could talk about the fact that in that year, not…

Diversity in the legal profession: At a glance

The demographic makeup of New Zealand’s legal profession continues to change. While the proportion of women and men practising law now reflects that of our society, the ethnic makeup of the profession still lags behind that of the national population. The information provided here is intended to give an overview…

New Zealand's oldest law firms

A 150th birthday is an important milestone, and the New Zealand Law Society is acknowledging the moment in a fitting manner when it hits 150 on 3 September. It’s a long-lived institution, but within the practice of law there are some which are older still. In fact, there are 24…
Pushing the boundaries of corporate social responsibility

Pushing the boundaries of corporate social responsibility

What started as a lunchtime seminar in a Christchurch law firm was soon to transform into an international partnership with three lawyers travelling to Vietnam to advise an NGO dealing with victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. It was an unlikely but very real experience which for that firm has…

Default union enrolment widely supported

Nearly two-thirds of New Zealanders support automatic trade union enrolment for new job starters, provided they also have the right to opt out afterwards, according to research conducted as part of a Law Foundation-backed study. What’s more, support for a “union default” policy extends across society, regardless of political, occupational, income…
La vie en rose: My experience of the Paris International Training Programme

La vie en rose: My experience of the Paris International Training Programme

As the world’s most popular tourist destination, there is a lot to love about France. The country is beloved for its café culture and UNESCO-protected gastronomy, countless landmarks and cultural icons, the romance of Paris, the magic of the French Riviera – the list goes on. While I could spend days…
Cognitive dissonance

Cognitive dissonance

Psychology plays a fundamental part in the mediation process. There are five key psychological traits that emerge most often in mediation: confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance, reactive devaluation, reciprocation bias and Hanlon’s razor. This article examines cognitive dissonance and follows on from my previous discussion of cognitive bias. Cognitive dissonance refers to…

Arbitrations and Proportionality

A feature of arbitration is the opportunity to tailor the procedure to the particular dispute. In choosing the procedure, fairness and efficiency are obviously to the forefront. But equally important is proportionality. Proportionality pegs the time and cost of an arbitration at a level that will be economic for the parties…
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