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Launch of Rich NZ Law Foundation Sees Maori & Community Law Projects Among First Grants

The launch by Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias of the $38 million Borrin Foundation aims to ‘maximize’ the effect of the largest law-related bequest in New Zealand, according to trustee and LawFuel ‘Lawyer of the Year’ David Goddard QC. The launch of the foundation, whose full title is the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation, was …

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Resource Management Law Association President James Gardner-Hopkins Resigns

President of the Resource Management Law Association, James Gardner-Hopkins, has resigned prior to the end of his term. A message from the RMLA Executive Leadership team announced the surprise resignation, which was made on February 16. No reason for the resignation was provided. Mr Gardner-Hopkins is a leading environmental and resource management lawyer who previously …

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The Trashing of Russell McVeagh’s Recruitment Efforts

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Russell McVeagh’s recruitment and summer clerk programme has taken a major hit with the recent revelations regarding the complaints made by interns at Wellington in 2016. Promotional content such as the video below talking about “taking the fear out of joining the workforce”, according to Russell McVeagh HR Director who speaks about the unique offering …

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The Law Firm Sex Abuse Issue – Is the “Clerking Culture” To Blame?

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The mounting media storm surrounding the Russell McVeagh sex-intern scandal has seen Radio New Zealand and others interview key players, including Victoria University Vice Chancellor Grant Guilford, who told the Nine to Noon’s Kathryn Ryan that the Police had kept the allegations made against at least two senior male members of the firm open. No …

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NZ Law Society on Russell McVeigh Summer Clerk Issue

The New Zealand Law Society is unable to confirm whether or not a complaint has been made related to the allegations of sexual misconduct towards students in a summer law clerk programme at Russell McVeagh. Law Society President Kathryn Beck says while the Law Society will investigate all complaints received, the governing legislation does not …

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NZ Immigration Law: “Storm in a teacup- Workers in demand have always been able to be recruited offshore”

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Property developers Fu Wah have been in the news lately for moves to recruit construction workers from China. The Beijing-based construction company is applying for short-term work visas for 200 + workers to complete the fit-out of new luxury Auckland hotel Park Hyatt by March next year. The Opposition are trying to paint this as …

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No Early Return to Form For NZ Equity Capital Markets – Chapman Tripp ECM Report

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Chapman Tripp – 13 February 2018 More vibrant equity capital markets may be on the horizon for New Zealand – but not this year, Chapman Tripp says. The firm today released its annual Equity Capital Markets – trends and insights report, which tips 2018 to be a transitional year to healthier capital markets from 2019 …

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Russell McVeagh supports LGBTII inclusion – NZ Falcons RFC

The leading law firm has announced it has signed on as a sponsor of the NZ Falcons RFC, a gay and inclusive rugby club which aims to enable players to come together to participate and enjoy rugby in an open and supportive environment. Russell McVeagh HR Director Lesley Elvidge says the firm has been supporting …

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Law Recruitment Changes Ahead: New Government Changes NZ Legal Recruitment Outlook

With a change in government for the first time in nearly a decade, a legal recruitment firm says changes in hiring trends are likely as the programmes of the Labour-led alliance get underway. McLeod Duminy Legal Careers says the focus on corporate and property lawyers prevalent in the first half of 2017, is already giving …

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Provincial NZ Law Firm Offers $25000 To Attract Lawyers – It Worked Before, Why Not Now?

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Law firms seeking lawyers to work in the provinces are taking aggressive steps to recruit staff, with reports that one law firm is offering new solicitors up to $25,000 cash deposit for a house to attract quality staff. A Hasting-based law firm has made the offer, with the advertisement looking for a senior and junior …

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