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The Retiring Lawyer – Is There An Age Discrimination Issue Here?

An Australian case involving one of the Big Four accounting firms has raised the issue of retirement age for lawyers as well as accountants. Given that most large law firms have a mandatory retirement age provision, the case involving Deloittes will have firms thinking. According to many, the rules relating to professional service partnerships with […]

Welcome to the All-New Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp is not only moving offices to the swanky new Commercial Bay development in Auckland – but today it has also unveiled its new image with new branding and a new website. Clients & Markets Director, Kate Packer said in a press statement today, “How we present ourselves is important for our sense of […]

SFO welcomes court decision enforcing its secrecy requirements

The Serious Fraud Office has welcomed a court decision confirming the confidentiality of material that was inadvertently disclosed by the agency to the defendants in the National Party donations case. The material was disclosed recently during the course of the agency’s compliance with its normal disclosure obligations. The SFO acted with an abundance of care […]

Court of Appeal Hear Grace Millane Murder Accused’s Trial Miscarried

The man found guilty of the murder of Grace Millane is having his appeal against conviction and sentence, arguing that the manner in which the trial was heard was miscarried. The man, who has name suppression, has life sentence with a minimum sentence of 17 years for the ‘rough sex’ murder case that transfixed both […]

Tompkins Wake Expands With Addition of Mark Lowndes’ Firm

In a surprise move, well known corporate lawyer and name partner at his own firm, Mark Lowndes, is to merge his practice with Tompkins Wake in Auckland. Lowndes team is set to join Tompkins Wake Tompkins on 1 September. Lowndes founder Mark Lowndes, Director Kerri Dewe, and Associate Reuben Payne will join Tompkins Wake’s Auckland […]

Law firm uses AI to slice months off insurance claims

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has rolled out an artificial intelligence-infused solution that cuts the time taken to assess a client’s entitlement to a superannuation disability insurance claim from months down to the span of the client’s initial phone call. Developed by Microsoft partner, Arinco, the system saves time for the client while also freeing up the […]

Law Firms Moving to Auckland’s Latest Hot Site

The Commercial Bay development has attracted some of the major law firms to its waterfront location this month. Currently Chapman Tripp are moving into the space, where PriceWaterhouseCoopers are anchor tenant in a building that is more than 90 per cent leased but which has been seriously delayed by construction problems and then the pandemic. […]

Minters Move – MinterEllisonRuddWatts Moves to Commercial Bay Offices

Leading law firm, MinterEllisonRuddWatts relocates its Auckland office to a new purpose-built work space in the PwC Tower at Commercial Bay today. The firm’s Auckland office, comprising 245 people, occupies three and a half floors of the new PwC Tower, joining other leading professional services firms in the 39-level office development. Chief Executive, Andrew Poole […]