Lawyer profiles

8 May 2019
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Spreading the TLC

Coming from a family of teachers, Sydney-based lawyer Jessie Porteus has always had a passion, and great respect, for education as well as an unbridled enthusiasm for the law.A lawyer with a rare combination of legal experiences and a developed practice ranging from corporate and commercial law, to IP, competition ... More about Spreading the TLC.

4 April 2019
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Feisty teen brushed off ‘not for the ladies’ advice to rise to QC

As a self-confessed impatient and strong-willed teenager newly-appointed Queen's Counsel Vivienne Crawshaw brushed off her Godfather's jibe about women in the legal profession to start her studies at the age of 16.Vivienne graduated with an LLB(Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1988 and she specialises in family law with ... More about Feisty teen brushed off ‘not for the ladies’ advice to rise to QC.

1 April 2019
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Tiana Epati

What are the issues which are facing New Zealand’s legal profession?The issues affecting the profession are considerable but also extremely varied. Currently, we face the pressing need for fundamental culture change, major advances in artificial intelligence and technology, increase in regulation, and access to justice for many in our country ... More about Tiana Epati.

1 April 2019
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Auckland barrister, homeless advocate and a judge champion new night shelter for homeless

An Auckland barrister, a homeless advocate and a District Court Judge are driving the development of a new night shelter for homeless people, due to open before the winter.Jo Wickcliffe Queen Street in the central city is often dotted with people begging and sleeping rough all year round. Many of ... More about Auckland barrister, homeless advocate and a judge champion new night shelter for homeless.

28 March 2019
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Novel-writing lawyer and the woman who warned of a “dishonourable profession”

Gaze Burt consultant Neil Evans tells of a ground-breaking relative who stopped her son from studying law because she deemed it a dishonourable profession.She was Neil’s great grandmother, English-born Kate Milligan Evans, née Edger (1857 – 1935) – after whom the Kate Edger Centre at Auckland University is named – ... More about Novel-writing lawyer and the woman who warned of a “dishonourable profession”.

4 March 2019
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Kamil Lakshman: Representing those who have escaped from the worst that life can throw up

Immigration and refugee lawyer Kamil Lakshman was unaware that law was in her family bloodline until she was a teenager.Mrs Lakshman was born in Suva, Fiji, but never knew her father, a lawyer and a University of Canterbury graduate, who died when she was just three months old.“I was adopted ... More about Kamil Lakshman: Representing those who have escaped from the worst that life can throw up.

29 October 2018
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Tiana Epati, President-Elect

Talofa lavaMahia i runga i te rangimarie me te ngakau mahake.I am very humbled and honoured to have been elected President of the New Zealand Law Society. I will become the 31st President and I am deeply mindful that I am joining a long line of people who have taken ... More about Tiana Epati, President-Elect.

11 October 2018
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The views of the candidates

The New Zealand Law Society Council will elect a new President at its meeting in Wellington on 24 October. There are two candidates for the role.The election will be decided by votes from each of the members of the Council. Law Society branches with more than 500 members (Auckland, Wellington, ... More about The views of the candidates.

16 August 2018
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Heartbreaking tales led to lawyer’s longstanding involvement in Cambodia

A “test bed” trust formed 10 years ago by Tauranga lawyer Denise Arnold to improve education in Cambodia is about to launch a national teacher training programme throughout the south-east Asian country.The Cambodia Charitable Trust has taken on a national programme at the request of the Cambodia Ministry of Education ... More about Heartbreaking tales led to lawyer’s longstanding involvement in Cambodia.

30 July 2018
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The philosophy of life without retribution according to Professor Martha C. Nussbaum

Professor Martha C. Nussbaum has quite a collection of honorary degrees from universities throughout the world – 60, in fact.The professor of law and philosophy at the University of Chicago visited Victoria University of Wellington’s Law School as the 2018 Borrin Fellow in June, delivering a lecture entitled ‘Anger, Powerlessness ... More about The philosophy of life without retribution according to Professor Martha C. Nussbaum.

30 July 2018
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Mahafrin Variava

The first lawyer in her family, Mahafrin Variava was raised in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi and it’s safe to say that her childhood was a unique experience.“I grew up among sandstorms, sheikhs and a blend of cultures and languages,” says Ms Variava, an immigration lawyer with Turner Hopkins in ... More about Mahafrin Variava.

30 July 2018
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Home-cooked steak and kidney pie fuels undaunted human rights champion

With degrees from three countries and, despite the Chief Justice’s praise for a landmark Privy Council win over Court of Appeal judges, human rights barrister Dr Tony Ellis hasn’t made Queen’s Counsel yet.Proud of his contribution to the law, primarily through a succession of landmark cases challenging the justice system, ... More about Home-cooked steak and kidney pie fuels undaunted human rights champion.

19 July 2018
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Community advocate driven to “ignite the fire” for Māori law graduates

Australian-born Scottish/Māori bagpipe-playing Highland dancer Jamie-Lee Tuuta’s legal efforts opened the eyes of one High Court judge to a need to consider the cultural background of offenders.Jamie-Lee, who leads Community Law Canterbury’s Kaupapa Māori legal team, recently prepared what is believed to be the South Island’s first pre-sentencing report to ... More about Community advocate driven to “ignite the fire” for Māori law graduates.

28 June 2018
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Three-nationality champion of the injured who made murder history

One of the more colourful and illustrious characters of trans-Tasman law, Graeme “Pinky” Little, returned not so long ago from the “heartbeat” of Sydney to the relative tranquillity of central Auckland’s Vulcan Chambers.Tranquil, that is, until Vulcan Chamber’s legendary Friday hospitality, presided over for decades by Head of Chambers, Roger ... More about Three-nationality champion of the injured who made murder history.

14 June 2018
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How Perry Mason opened door to Cohen-loving bridge player’s justice challenge

Dunedin barrister Len Andersen was one of only four youngsters from his Napier high school class to study at Otago University – where 43 years ago he graduated with “the only real law degree”.“The others did dentistry and physical education,” says Len, who is president of the Criminal Bar Association ... More about How Perry Mason opened door to Cohen-loving bridge player’s justice challenge.

1 May 2018
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Kiwi lawyer’s exposé of inaction into murder, abuse and exploitation on the high seas

A New Zealand lawyer has completed a PhD on transnational criminal law at Melbourne Law School that reveals the horrors of life in the South-east Asian fishing industry and the lack of political will to change it.Thomas Harré’s focus was on how transnational criminal law relates to the human trafficking ... More about Kiwi lawyer’s exposé of inaction into murder, abuse and exploitation on the high seas.

26 March 2018
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Andrew Little, Minister of Justice

Andrew Little was appointed Minister of Justice in the new Government at the end of 2017. He grew up in New Plymouth before heading to Victoria University of Wellington to study law. A diversion into student politics saw him become President of the Victoria University Students’ Association and of the ... More about Andrew Little, Minister of Justice.

2 March 2018
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A lawyers' cricketing XIII

Following our popular features on rugby, netball and football playing lawyers in editions of LawTalk during 2017, we now present a team of legal professionals who excelled in cricket. Now, if anyone knows of lawyers who have done well at golf, croquet or elephant polo …Martin SneddenMartin Snedden was a ... More about A lawyers' cricketing XIII.

15 February 2018
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QC dog nana and her muscle Mustang

When Auckland QC Marie Dyhrberg pulls up at the lights it’s not necessarily her fame as a leading criminal defence lawyer that stops traffic – it’s her bright white 2016 Ford Mustang GT V8 with upgraded grunty exhaust.“I love it,” says Marie, a devotee of classic muscle cars.“Guys come past, ... More about QC dog nana and her muscle Mustang.

1 February 2018
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Yorkshire-born Francophile’s “backstreet” Sorbonne experience

Coming to New Zealand from northern England and developing her high school interest in French, commercial litigator Anita Birkinshaw’s legal studies were ultimately drawn to France’s celebrated Sorbonne university.Arriving in New Zealand aged 11, Anita loved French at school, and through studying the language learned about France and its culture ... More about Yorkshire-born Francophile’s “backstreet” Sorbonne experience.

29 January 2018
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Wine and law

A New Zealander is in line to lead the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) – an institution which is sometimes referred to as the “UN of wine”.Auckland lawyer Dr John Barker, who has been nominated to become the Director General of the Paris-based organisation, has decades of experience ... More about Wine and law.

25 January 2018
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Small town guy’s lifetime love of law, learning and the Ploughman Poet

January is a busy month for Dunedin Queen’s Counsel, leading environmental law specialist and Burns-loving guardian of Scottish Heritage Dr Royden Somerville.He takes on the prestigious role of Chancellor of Otago University, presides over the city’s annual Burns’ Supper (tonight Thursday) and joins a large number of lawyers, judges and ... More about Small town guy’s lifetime love of law, learning and the Ploughman Poet.

29 November 2017
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Pathways in the Law: Cooper Legal

About 99% of the work the lawyers at Cooper Legal do is around historic abuse and associated human rights claims.And they’ve reached at least 700 settlements for victims of abuse who were in state care as children.“That figure would be a conservative estimate,” says Cooper Legal principal Sonja Cooper.The Wellington-based ... More about Pathways in the Law: Cooper Legal.

23 November 2017
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High peaks in blood of pure Kiwi outdoorsman with the misleading accent

A grandson of legendary Mt Cook mountain guide Mick Bowie, Timaru-born Takeovers Panel chief executive Andrew Hudson’s American accent catches out the unwary.The son of an Australian-born doctor who trained in New Zealand, where he met a Kiwi nurse, Andrew’s family lived in Timaru, Invercargill and Auckland before heading to ... More about High peaks in blood of pure Kiwi outdoorsman with the misleading accent.

30 October 2017
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The voices of history

The stories of some of New Zealand’s pioneering women judges have been recorded for posterity – in their own voices.The New Zealand Women Judges Oral Histories project was the brainchild of the New Zealand Association of Women Judges, and was overseen by Dame Judith Potter and Justice Susan Glazebrook. Professional ... More about The voices of history.

21 September 2017
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Craft beer-loving airborne adventurer’s interesting collection of camping grounds

When opportunities arise Auckland general practitioner Andrew Orr shuts his office door and heads to the ski slopes or one of the camping grounds he owns around the country – piloting his own helicopter.Andrew’s love of flying came from a mix of fear and intrigue sparked by a Wellington College ... More about Craft beer-loving airborne adventurer’s interesting collection of camping grounds.

3 August 2017
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Counter culture triathlete's journey to southern tradition: John Farrow

Once a hard core punk screamer in the thick of Dunedin’s alternative underground bands, nothing prepared John Farrow for what his wife Val had in store on a summer night in Verona.NameJohn Anthony (John) FarrowBornAuckland.Age53.Entry to lawGraduated BA, LLB from Otago University in 1987. Admitted in 1991.WorkplacePartner at Webb Farry, ... More about Counter culture triathlete's journey to southern tradition: John Farrow.

27 July 2017
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School "trial" opened pathway to fashion, fitness, wine - and law: Sharon Chandra

With a love of Dunedin and Central Otago, and a twin sister lawyering in Dunedin, where else would you expect to find Sharon Chandra but commuting between her home in Auckland’s Mt Wellington and her office kilometres across the city in Takapuna.NameSharon Preeti (Sharon) ChandraBornFiji.Age30.Entry to lawGraduated LLB from Otago ... More about School "trial" opened pathway to fashion, fitness, wine - and law: Sharon Chandra.

31 May 2017
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US Chief Justice John G Roberts' career

United States Chief Justice John Roberts will visit Victoria University’s Law School in July to teach a four-day executive development course, “The United States Supreme Court in Historical Perspective”.As might be expected for someone holding the highest judicial position in the United States, every aspect of Chief Justice Roberts’ life ... More about US Chief Justice John G Roberts' career.

30 May 2017
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Pathways in the Law: Khan & Associates, a multicultural approach to practising law

Khan & Associates’ founder, Mohammed Faiyam Khan, was practising law before Ronald Reagan became President of the United States.He was admitted as a barrister in 1980 after qualifying from the famous Lincoln’s Inn, London.It’s a family law firm, with Mr Khan the principal and his two daughters, Farah and Serish, ... More about Pathways in the Law: Khan & Associates, a multicultural approach to practising law.

2 May 2017
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Pathways in the Law: Prestige Lawyers

Cross cultural and bilingual legal expertisePrestige Lawyers in the heart of Auckland is an international law firm that’s been operating since 2008.The firm was conceived by director and principal Royal Reed.The legal team deal mainly with Chinese-speaking communities, but not all of their lawyers are native Chinese.Prestige Lawyers (from left): ... More about Pathways in the Law: Prestige Lawyers.

28 March 2017
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Building an international career

Expat New Zealander Miriam Cullen has just completed a PhD on the relationship between the United Nations and international criminal justice at the University of Copenhagen. That’s not bad going for someone who didn’t finish high school.Although she was always interested in human rights, it took her a while to ... More about Building an international career.

1 March 2017
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I refused to let cancer win: One mature student’s brave battle to defy death and pursue her dream

At some point we all wake up in our 40s, reassess our lives and decide whether we want more of the same, or something completely different.Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger once said he wouldn’t be singing (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction at 40, but he did and continues to ... More about I refused to let cancer win: One mature student’s brave battle to defy death and pursue her dream.

9 February 2017
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Escaping the ‘Tupperware’ lifestyle of London for the blue skies of Auckland

After several years immersed in London’s legal Magic Circle, Victoria Palfrey found the return to New Zealand a professional culture shock – but a good one.Now an associate with Davenports Harbour in Auckland, Victoria secured a job – while still at Russell McVeagh - with London firm Slaughter and May ... More about Escaping the ‘Tupperware’ lifestyle of London for the blue skies of Auckland .

31 January 2017
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Pathways in the Law: Kahui Legal

“When people think about law firms that specialise in advising Māori clients they think that we spend all of our time in the Waitangi Tribunal and the Māori Land Court, but we have a much more diverse practice than that,” says partner Matanuku Mahuika.Kahui Legal has some big clients. It ... More about Pathways in the Law: Kahui Legal.

24 November 2016
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NEW IN THE LAW: Simon Gyenge, Lyon O'Neale Arnold, Tauranga

Born in Wellington, Simon Gyenge's family moved to Tauranga where he attended Matua Primary School, Otumoetai Intermediate, and Otumoetai College.After high school, Simon attended the University of Auckland studying a BSc/LLB conjoint degree majoring in Geography.Upon completing profs, Simon decided to return to Tauranga, joining Lyon O’Neale Arnold Lawyers Ltd ... More about NEW IN THE LAW: Simon Gyenge, Lyon O'Neale Arnold, Tauranga.

17 November 2016
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Pathways in the Law: Ebborn Law Ltd, Addington, Christchurch

Ebborn Law Ltd, Addington, ChristchurchWith 10 female practitioners – seven lawyers and three case managers – Ebborn Law in Christchurch is one of the biggest all-women New Zealand law firms.“Family Law is our Speciality”, the firm’s busy and extremely informative website states (along with some comprehensive information about the value ... More about Pathways in the Law: Ebborn Law Ltd, Addington, Christchurch.

3 November 2016
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BACK IN NEW ZEALAND: Sophie Harrigan, Sharp Tudhope Lawyers, Tauranga

Sophie Harrigan was born and rasied in Tauranga. She attended Welcome Bay Primary School, Tauranga Intermediate and Tauranga Girls’ College.After College Sophie studied law at the University of Waikato, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Laws.Shortly after graduating she moved to London to gain work experience. "I like that ... More about BACK IN NEW ZEALAND: Sophie Harrigan, Sharp Tudhope Lawyers, Tauranga.

13 July 2016
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Ten Questions: Ben Vanderkolk

Palmerston North Crown Solicitor, Ben Vanderkolk has been involved in well over 400 jury trials and more than 40 murder trials, along with a wide spread of relationship property, child welfare work, trust work and general litigation. He has also been involved in a lot of regulatory compliance work under ... More about Ten Questions: Ben Vanderkolk.

23 June 2016
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NEW IN THE LAW: Samantha Hepburn, Solicitor, Cullinane Steele Lawyers, Levin

Samantha Hepburn grew up in Bunnythorpe, located around ten minutes away from Palmerston North.After high school, Samantha attended Victoria University graduating with an LLB in 2013. She then went on to work for the Palmerston North City Council and the Ministry of Justice before joining Cullinane Steele Law in September ... More about NEW IN THE LAW: Samantha Hepburn, Solicitor, Cullinane Steele Lawyers, Levin.

2 June 2016
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Ten Questions - Fletcher Pilditch

Fletcher Pilditch has over 20-years' experience across a broad range of criminal, regulatory and public law litigation and is a barrister at Richmond Chambers in Auckland. He has particular expertise in white collar fraud and financial crime, aviation law, health and safety litigation, animal welfare, resource management enforcement, judicial review ... More about Ten Questions - Fletcher Pilditch.

2 June 2016
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Route to the bar long and tortuous

Colin Smith trained as a forest research field technician, drove a fertilizer truck for aerial sowing, worked in a secondhand shop and fished commercially for crayfish out of Mahia before thinking about his long-term future.He worked at a variety of jobs overseas in North America, London, Europe, around the Mediterranean, ... More about Route to the bar long and tortuous.

18 May 2016
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Ten Questions: Mark Henaghan

Mark Henaghan is a Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Otago. He is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.Professor Henaghan is a leading New Zealand authority involved in the cutting edge of international developments in family law. In addition to publishing ... More about Ten Questions: Mark Henaghan.

12 May 2016
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Ten Questions: Duncan Webb

Duncan Webb is a partner at law firm, Lane Neave in Christchurch.He is a former professor and judicial officer. He litigates in complex areas including professional negligence and responsibility, and insurance. He is recognised as New Zealand's leading expert in lawyer's ethics and professional responsibility.Why did you choose law as ... More about Ten Questions: Duncan Webb.

3 May 2016
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Ten Questions: Craig Tuck

Craig Tuck is a senior barrister involved in all areas of criminal practice. He is founder and Head of Law Aid International Chambers. He was admitted to the bar in 1996.Craig has always had a passion for international criminal law work having been involved in criminal justice since 1985. In ... More about Ten Questions: Craig Tuck.

21 April 2016
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The law gets us into everything

Kathryn Sarah (Kathryn) GuiseBornAuckland.Age28.Entry to lawGraduated BA/LLB from Otago University in 2010. Admitted in 2011.WorkplaceLawyer at Brown Partners, Auckland.Specialty areaAll areas of commercial law.From a medical family, and with a soft spot for moggies and cooking game shows, Kathryn Guise wasn't sure what area of law would suit her ... More about The law gets us into everything.

7 April 2016
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How multi-lingual globe-trotting glass artist conquered legal hurdles

Italian-born Dunedin-based barrister Adriana Pinnock's international road to law was complicated and littered with institutional obstacles, but she was determined not to be put off."Desperation drove me to law," says Adriana, a former president of the Criminal Bar Association, now with more than 30 years experience both prosecuting and defending ... More about How multi-lingual globe-trotting glass artist conquered legal hurdles.

10 March 2016
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NEW IN THE LAW: Rebecca Garden, Assistant Crown Counsel, Crown Law Office, Wellington

After practising for just three years, Rebecca Garden, age 26, has retained her enthusiasm for life as a lawyer, with a keen interest in the legal process.With her two younger brothers, Rebecca grew up between New Zealand and the United States as her parents moved between Wellington and Boston for ... More about NEW IN THE LAW: Rebecca Garden, Assistant Crown Counsel, Crown Law Office, Wellington.

17 December 2015
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Ten questions: Anna Jeffs, Private Investigator

Anna Jeffs is a licensed Private Investigator, Principal of Fox Private Investigators and member of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Investigators Incorporated. Anna Jeffs specialises in Private Investigation legal services and support for all lawyers, including Criminal, Civil, Family and Employment lawyers. Such services include locating witnesses and skip ... More about Ten questions: Anna Jeffs, Private Investigator.

8 December 2015
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Paddy Steele looks back

Aspects of Paddy Steele's life in the law have been told before, but the whole story is worth retelling: she is one of the few who remembers the profession as it was six or seven decades ago.Now an honorary member of the New Zealand Law Society, Paddy lives in comfortable ... More about Paddy Steele looks back.

8 October 2015
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John Hanning looks back

Wellington lawyer John 
Hanning, now 78, has 
been in legal practice for 54 or more years and is still hard at work.He calls himself a generalist and has worked in just about every category of the law, though working with IHC - for which he has been legal adviser since ... More about John Hanning looks back.

24 September 2015
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Shark and Katey man keeps on rocking

It's not every lawyer who has a guitar handy in his chambers and sings down the phone to illustrate his passion for Portuguese American Nuno Bettencourt, lead guitarist in rock band Extreme.Crime barrister and rock musician Ian Brookie, a co-founder of Auckland's Sentinel Chambers, has five guitars at home, or ... More about Shark and Katey man keeps on rocking.

9 September 2015
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Neil Gray looks back

Neil Gray, formerly 
senior partner and 
consultant at Chapman Tripp in its Wellington office, has been in legal practice for nearly six decades. He joined Chapman Tripp in 1955, was admitted in 1956 and became a partner in 1962.Over a varied career spent almost entirely with Chapman Tripp, Neil Gray ... More about Neil Gray looks back.

27 August 2015
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Bill Sheat looks back

New Zealand has a vital and varied arts world today but it has not always been so. Just a few decades ago the arts in New Zealand were largely the domain of the amateur, a pastime, a hobby, rather than a valid way of earning a living. Now we have ... More about Bill Sheat looks back.

20 August 2015
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Dame Alison Quentin-Baxter looks back

Dame Alison Quentin-Baxter's career in the law has taken her far beyond the conventional law office and onto the world stage. Her fascination with policy-making, her skill in facilitating the constitutional development of small island states, and a talent for the intelligent analysis of real-life problems and looking for a ... More about Dame Alison Quentin-Baxter looks back.

1 July 2015
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Knee job keeps award-winning MBIE lawyer out of saddle

Iain Michael (Iain) Feist Born Upper Hutt. Age 34. Entry to law Graduated LLB(Hons) from Victoria University 2003. Admitted 2004. Workplace Senior solicitor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Wellington. Specialty area Building law, including earthquake and weathertightness issues. After earlier building bike tracks in Portugal and recently ... More about Knee job keeps award-winning MBIE lawyer out of saddle.

4 June 2015
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Law started when he was six

By Jock AndersonMichael James (Michael) SmythBornLondon, England.Age43.Entry to lawGraduated LLB from Kingston University, London. Admitted in New Zealand 2002.WorkplaceMichael Smyth Approachable Lawyer, Auckland.Specialist areaEmployment law, general business law, sports law.At six Michael Smyth was impressed by all the funny men and women walking around in black capes and wigs in ... More about Law started when he was six.

21 May 2015
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Ukelele lady ready to make her mark as new Crown Solicitor

Natalie Emma (Natalie) Walker Born Auckland. Age 40. Entry to law Graduated LLB/BA (French, Spanish and Italian) from Auckland University in 1998 and LLM from University College, London in 2000. Admitted 1999. Workplace Crown Solicitor in Manukau, partner in Kayes Fletcher Walker, Auckland. Specialist area Criminal litigation, appeals, extradition and ... More about Ukelele lady ready to make her mark as new Crown Solicitor.

7 May 2015
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Hunting Brief's late night Blues gig

By Jock Anderson Simon James (Simon) Davies-Colley Born Whangarei. Age 29. Entry to law Graduated LLB from Auckland University 2008. Admitted 2008. Workplace Senior Lawyer in Jackson Russell's employment team, Auckland. Specialty area Litigation and disputes resolution. Simon Davies-Colley won’t forget the day of his Auckland shift from Minter Ellison ... More about Hunting Brief's late night Blues gig.

30 April 2015
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Sport keeps medical family "Black Sheep" busy

By Jock Anderson Christopher Thomas (Chris) Anderson Born Christchurch. Age 30. Entry to law Graduated LLB/BA from Canterbury University in 2009. Admitted 2009. Workplace Associate with Lane Neave, Christchurch. Specialty area Commercial, rural and residential property, business acquisitions and trust formation/management. Recently made an associate at Christchurch firm Lane Neave, ... More about Sport keeps medical family "Black Sheep" busy.

23 April 2015
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Outdoors man lured south by deer, duck and salmon

By Jock AndersonGregory Eric (Greg) MartinBornPort Elizabeth, South Africa.Age46.Entry to lawGraduated LLB(Hons) from University of Wales, Cardiff, 1998. Qualified as chartered company secretary in UK. Admitted in New Zealand 2007.WorkplacePartner based in White Fox & Jones Ashburton branch.Specialty areaCommercial, rural law, leases, trusts and property.Lawyering in Ashburton may be a ... More about Outdoors man lured south by deer, duck and salmon.

16 April 2015
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Finding inspiration and challenge in the Christchurch rebuild

By Jock Anderson Timothy Brian (Tim) Lester Born Christchurch. Age 32. Entry to law Graduated BA/LLB from Canterbury University 2005. Admitted 2005. Admitted in United Kingdom 2009. Workplace Senior Associate at Buddle Findlay, Christchurch. Specialty area General corporate, commercial and property law. Attempting to climb Britain’s three highest peaks in ... More about Finding inspiration and challenge in the Christchurch rebuild.

9 April 2015
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Litigator longs to give female-friendly looks a go

By Jock Anderson Angela Mary Elizabeth (Angela) Parlane Born Te Awamutu. Age 43. Entry to law Graduated LLB from Waikato University 1994. Admitted 1994. Workplace Barrister and solicitor on own account at Chancery Chambers, Auckland. Specialist area General civil litigation including insurance law, earthquake claims, professional negligence, leaky building, maritime, ... More about Litigator longs to give female-friendly looks a go.

26 February 2015
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How "girls can do anything" feminism carved mum's path to Bar

By Jock Anderson Brianna Claire (Brianna) Parkinson Born Waiuku. Age 41. Entry to law Graduated Canterbury University LLB 1997. Admitted 1998. Workplace Barrister sole in Southern Cross Chambers, Auckland. Specialist area Resource management, environmental, local government and public law. Inspired by her Epsom Girls’ Grammar School history teacher to take ... More about How "girls can do anything" feminism carved mum's path to Bar.

19 February 2015
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Iron Woman who quit lab-ratting for law

By Jock Anderson Natalie Louisa (Natalie) Gaskin Born Wellington. Age 33. Entry to law Graduated Victoria University of Wellington, 2005. Admitted 2006. Workplace Partner at Johnston Lawrence, Wellington. Specialist area Commercial and property law. Top Wellington-born triathlete Natalie Gaskin was in a cell biology class at Victoria University when she ... More about Iron Woman who quit lab-ratting for law.

12 February 2015
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The Curious Case of the Swingy Chair and What Happened Next

By Jock Anderson Helen Ione Katherine (Helen) White Born Kawerau. Age 47. Entry to law Graduated Auckland University LLB(Hons), BA (history major), 1990. Admitted 1994. Workplace Barrister sole practising from Auckland District Law Society Inc building. Specialist area Employment law. Most lawyers have one case that, for whatever reason, captures ... More about The Curious Case of the Swingy Chair and What Happened Next.

20 November 2014
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Gun law brief fancies a good head of steam

By Jock Anderson Nicholas James Berwick (Nicholas) Taylor Born Wellington. Age 44. Entry to law Graduated BA/LLB Auckland University 1996. Admitted June 1997. Workplace Barrister in Civic Chambers, Auckland. Specialist area Firearms law, including licence revocations, firearms returns, customs issues, import permits, in all courts throughout New Zealand. New Zealand’s ... More about Gun law brief fancies a good head of steam.

13 November 2014
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Triplets mum's Privy Council pinnacle a draw

By Jock Anderson Rebecca Anne (Rebecca) Edwards Born Christchurch. Age 44. Entry to law Graduated BA/LLB (Hons) Auckland University 1993, LLM Virginia University 1995. Admitted February 1994. Workplace Barrister in Bankside Chambers, Auckland. Specialist area Civil commercial litigation, focusing on contracts and commercial disputes. Finding herself expecting genetically identical triplets ... More about Triplets mum's Privy Council pinnacle a draw.

18 September 2014
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A model career captured by law

By Jock Anderson Tracey Jean (Tracey) Walker, Special Counsel Born Lincoln, England. Age 50. Entry to law Graduated LLB/BA from Auckland University, LLM University College, London. Admitted in 1988. Workplace Special Counsel in commercial litigation group and former partner with Simpson Grierson, Auckland. Specialist areas Communication issues including defamation, court ... More about A model career captured by law.

11 September 2014
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A full and rewarding life

By Jock Anderson Gregory John (Greg or Gregory) Shanahan, barrister and solicitor Born Wellington, grandson of Arrowtown constable Tom Shanahan and son of pioneering New Zealand diplomat Foss Shanahan. Age 65. Entry to law Graduated LLM with honours from Victoria University of Wellington. Admitted in 1973. Workplace Director of Anderson ... More about A full and rewarding life.

4 September 2014
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A barrister with many parents

By Jock Anderson Shannon Daniel (Shannon) Withers, barrister Born Washington DC, United States, the son of a New Zealand diplomat Education Los Angeles and New Zealand Age 35 Entry to law Graduated LLB from Auckland University. Admitted in 2010. Workplace Joined Vulcan Chambers, Auckland, in 2011. Auckland barrister Shannon Withers ... More about A barrister with many parents.

29 August 2014
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Making a positive difference for Christchurch people: Bronwyn Arthur

By Elliot Sim Bronwyn Arthur, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s (CERA) chief legal advisor, says the organisation has until mid-2016 to make as much difference as it can for Christchurch. In April 2016 the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 (CER Act) is revoked. As CERA was created by an Order in Council, it ... More about Making a positive difference for Christchurch people: Bronwyn Arthur.

22 August 2014
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CLANZ President Ian Hasell

Ian Hasell is the new President of the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ). He was elected unopposed in the April 2014 CLANZ committee elections. Mr Hasell succeeds Grant Adam, who has served as President for the past two years. He began his term at the CLANZ Annual General ... More about CLANZ President Ian Hasell.

22 May 2012
By NZLS

Chris Moore, Auckland Vice-President

The Law Society’s new Auckland Vice-President, Chris Moore, is also President of the Auckland branch and is the current Chair of the Property Law Section. Mr Moore was elected Auckland Vice-President in April 2012. Mr Moore, in fact, was the Auckland branch’s inaugural President, taking up the top position following ... More about Chris Moore, Auckland Vice-President.

14 February 2011
By NZLS

Very influential law-making role

George Tanner QC has had a "very influential role in New Zealand’s law making" Attorney-General Michael Cullen said on 25 June 2007 in farewelling him as chief parliamentary counsel. George Tanner joined the Parliamentary Counsel Office in 1981 and took over from Walter Iles as chief parliamentary counsel nearly 11 ... More about Very influential law-making role.

26 November 2010
By NZLS

The insatiable moonlighter

The best things in life often come unexpectedly to Judge Rosemary Riddell. She studied law just to see if she could pass and directing the film The Insatiable Moon was “a happy accident”. Rosemary Riddell is a District Court Judge in Hamilton who is also a director. Her feature length ... More about The insatiable moonlighter.

22 November 2010
By NZLS

Jonathan Temm viewpoints

The New Zealand Law Society’s 28th President took office in April 2010. LawTalk asked him how things are going so far. You’ve been President since April. How have you found the role in the past six months? Is it what you imagined? I had no preconceptions; I did not really ... More about Jonathan Temm viewpoints.

17 November 2010
By NZLS

Sir Geoffrey Palmer Interview

Sir Geoffrey Palmer is “delighted” to have been President of the Law Commission, he says on the eve of stepping down. That is especially the case “since I designed the original statute (establishing the Commission) and got it passed”. For that reason, he has felt a “peculiar satisfaction” being the ... More about Sir Geoffrey Palmer Interview.

15 November 2010
By NZLS

Ironman Judge Chris McGuire

New Zealand’s ironman judge, Chris McGuire, has made a successful comeback to competition, qualifying for the world championship at Kona, Hawaii, in October 2010. The Rotorua District Court Judge is one of two athletes who will represent this country in the 60-64 age group at Kona following his second placing ... More about Ironman Judge Chris McGuire.

15 November 2010
By NZLS

Amelia Evans at Harvard

Studying human rights law at Harvard Law School – but no savoury muffins Amelia Evans has a passion for social justice that she has struggled to reconcile with her interest and talent for entrepreneurship and business. These two pursuits finally come together in 2010 when Amelia left New Zealand to ... More about Amelia Evans at Harvard.

15 November 2010
By NZLS

Moore and Willis families

Two new members of the legal profession are continuing proud family traditions. LawTalk congratulates the Moore and Willis families. When Toby Moore is admitted to the bar in Nelson on 15 October he will join four generations of his forebears and a select group of lawyers for whom the practice ... More about Moore and Willis families.

15 November 2010
By Lindsay Lloyd

Quake doesn‘t spoil wedding day

The admiration of Katherine Ewer’s five other partners in Christchurch firm MDS Law as to her considerable intellectual and sporting attributes soared even higher through the way she calmly handled matters on “earthquake day”, 4 September, which was also her wedding day. By 8:30am guests had received a text to ... More about Quake doesn‘t spoil wedding day.

15 November 2010
By NZLS

Lawyer delegate to Film Festival

Wellington film and entertainment lawyer Michael Stephens has been appointed New Zealand’s International Delegate to the 2010 Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) by the festival’s organising committee. The SIFF is one of the largest film festivals in Asia. First held in 1993, the SIFF was held biennially until 2001 and ... More about Lawyer delegate to Film Festival.