DLA Piper helps IAG New Zealand to victory in $12m fires suit

In the suit, IAG, along with 70 affected customers, claimed that power network operator Orion New Zealand Ltd and the owner/operator of Christchurch Adventure Park facilitated the spread of the fires, which had initially been started by an arsonist. The chairlift had been left running by Christchurch Adventure Park staff, and the ignition of the […]

Consultation now open on draft Terms of Reference for Independent Review of the statutory framework for legal services

Law Society President Tiana Epati says “This is an ambitious Review that could result in significant change to how legal services are regulated, including the conduct of lawyers and how the profession is represented. We want a legal framework which ensures consumers are protected and the public will have trust and confidence in the legal […]

Rotorua firm merges with Mount Maunganui firm

The new combination has been christened Lance Lawson (incorporating Beachside Legal) and began operating under this moniker on 1 April, according to the New Zealand Law Society. Following the merger, Lance Lawson picks up the majority of Beachside Legal’s team. Talia Marshall joins Lance Lawson’s partnership, while Patricia Jones and David Gubb take on consultant […]

An authority on Constitutional and Administrative Law

The opportunity to launch a book in person is an event that we now don’t take for granted. For the launch of the fifth edition of Joseph on Constitutional and Administrative Law, it was a chance to celebrate the evolution of a text that reflects the changing landscape of New Zealand’s public law. Professor Philip […]

Proposed changes to increase public access and understanding of Supreme Court hearings – feedback sought

The proposed changes are intended to improve the timeliness and quality of case-related materials available to the public and media with a view to improving transparency and promoting understanding of the Court’s work. Prior to introducing the changes, the Supreme Court judges would appreciate feedback. The possible changes are summarised below.

Lawyer behaviour to be checked against Lawyers and Conveyancers Act amendments

“Changes to the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008 (RCCC) were part of the recommendations by the Law Society’s Independent Working Group chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright,” Law Society President Tiana Epati said. “Implementing these changes is the most significant regulatory step available to the Law Society to tackle the […]