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Aaron Rodney Nicholls suspended from practice on an interim basis

The Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) has suspended Auckland lawyer Aaron Rodney Nicholls from practice on an interim basis from 17 April 2024. The Standards Committee sought an interim suspension order in respect of Mr Nicholls after laying charges which alleged misappropriation of client funds and deceitful conduct.

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Legal Workplace Environment Survey shows progress, but challenges remain

The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa says survey results which show a decline in sexual harassment within law practices over the last five years are a step in the right direction, but that reluctance to report is an ongoing issue.

Law Society responds to Independent Review recommendations for legal and structural change

The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has today released its response to the recommendations made in the Independent Review Report. After consultation with its Council members and the profession, the Law Society has in principle accepted most of the recommendations, including recommendations to establish a new…

Statement re Hong Kong

The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa (New Zealand Law Society) notes with concern the announcement that the Hong Kong SAR Police have recently issued arrest warrants for eight individuals living overseas, including two lawyers, and have placed bounties of HK$1million on each of their heads for…

Rule of Law a key priority for Law Society

As part of its extensive advocacy work, the New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has a number of law reform committees which cover all areas of law. These influential committees provide critical advice and input when law change is being considered, and encourage the involvement and engagement…
Law Society welcomes acknowledgement of concerns over lawyer wellbeing

Law Society welcomes acknowledgement of concerns over lawyer wellbeing

The President of the New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa, Frazer Barton has welcomed a letter highlighting concerns over the wellbeing of lawyers across the country. 
Welcome relief for duty lawyers

Welcome relief for duty lawyers

The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa is delighted that duty lawyers across New Zealand are set to receive a 17 per cent pay rise, following an announcement by the Legal Aid Services Commissioner this week.
Frazer Barton re-elected as Law Society President

Frazer Barton re-elected as Law Society President

Frazer Barton has been re-elected as New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa President for another 12 month term, the Law Society has confirmed today.

Legal and structural change recommended in Law Society’s Independent Review Report

The Independent Review Report released today by the Law Society has recommended that legislative and structural change is required and recommended the establishment of a new independent regulator and an overhaul of the system for handling complaints about lawyers.

Independent Review Report received by Law Society Board

The Board of the New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has received the report from the Independent Review Panel.

Update on Court operations in Northland 1 Feb 2023

Chief District Court Judge Heemi Taumaunu has agreed to extend the local solution framework currently in place in the Auckland Metro District Courts to the Northland region.
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