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Insurance Lawyer Wins Big In Mental Health Claim

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Warkworth insurance law specialist Tim Gunn has successfully battled the country’s largest insurer in a case that has demonstrated the obstacles faced by those suffering from mental illness when progressing claims with insurers. Tim Gunn works from his own specialist insurance law practice, having worked for and against insurance companies nationally, but works principally as …

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James Hardie’s significant downsize in New Zealand unlikely to stall $200 million plus class action

James Hardie’s significant downsize in New Zealand unlikely to stall $200 million plus class action 3

Powered by LawFuel – James Hardie’s release to the Australian Stock Exchange yesterday – that it ultimately intends to “cease all manufacturing of products in New Zealand”, at the cost of some 120 Kiwi jobs – is unlikely to stall the class action brought by over 1,000 leaky home owners.  Adina Thorn, the lawyer leading …

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Born in a Pandemic – New Defence Law Group Focused on Delivering Better Results For Maori Defendants

Born in a Pandemic - New Defence Law Group Focused on Delivering Better Results For Maori Defendants 4

“..the justice system was beginning to consider the impact of colonisation on offence rates. .” Christopher Stevenson A new defence lawyers group, the Defence Lawyers Association New Zealand, is the only such group set up solely for defence lawyers and will help lawyers deal with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The group’s co-founder, …

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The Kiwi Lawyer Boldly Going Where No Woman Has Gone Before

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Going Boldly Where No Woman Lawyer Has Gone Before . . The Space Lawyer New Zealand’s booming space industry has produced one of the world’s first Space lawyers. Rachel Moore & Kate Green spoke with Dr Maria Pozza Maria Pozza is New Zealand’s only space lawyer. Far from talking to aliens, she spends her time, …

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Leading Lawyer’s Franchise Honours Leads to Australian Lectureship

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Stewart Germann has been a leading franchise lawyer for many years, but he has also recently qualified as a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), being the only internationally recognised professional accreditation programme for franchise executives. He is also to lecture in a subject that to a large extent has been neglected by New Zealand’s tertiary institutions …

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Bar Association Welcomes Decision on Meth Sentencing

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Revamp of guidelines for meth sentencing welcomed The New Zealand Bar Association welcomes a Court of Appeal decision which gives detailed guidance on sentencing people convicted of offences related to the importation, manufacture and supply of methamphetamine. The court accepted submissions by both the New Zealand Bar Association and the New Zealand Law Society that …

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Budding human rights lawyer wins Māori Issues Moot

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Powered by LawFuel – University of Auckland – Points of law arising from the 2017 Court of Appeal decision in Ngaronoa v Attorney-General, which challenged the decision to bar all prisoners from voting in parliamentary elections, set the scene for this year’s Māori Issues Moot, held earlier this month. Nineteen students from Auckland Law School …

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Game On For Australian Litigation Funders and Class Action Lawyers

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Class actions are on the rise in Australia after the Royal Commission into misconduct in the financial sector, but also with more ‘litigation funding action’. The first half of 2018 saw 29 class actions filed in Australia, 35 in the second half and a further 18 for the first half of 2019, according to figures …

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Bob Jones on the Perils of the Open Plan Office

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Sir Robert Jones – New Zealand Green Party leader James Shaw has established a Parliamentary first in embracing an open plan office with his staff. He suggests other Cabinet Ministers should follow suit. Being in the office space business I know a bit about this but will probably be accused of talking my own book in …

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