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11 January 2013
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Canterbury-Westland has 10% of NZ lawyers

New Zealand Law Society information shows that at 8 January 2013 there were 1180 practising lawyers in the area covered by the Law Society's Canterbury-Westland branch. This was 10.3% of all New Zealand-based lawyers (11 434). Most Canterbury-Westland lawyers are located in Christchurch (the 3rd-highest number in New Zealand) Timaru ... More about Canterbury-Westland has 10% of NZ lawyers.

19 June 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

New Youth Court buildings for marae

Courts Minister Chester Borrows has announced the construction of a purpose-built facility for Youth Court hearings at Christchurch’s Ngā Hau e Whā marae. “The new temporary youth courtroom will help us deliver the best possible response to youth offending in Christchurch by minimising contact between youth and adult offenders and ... More about New Youth Court buildings for marae.

28 May 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Employment Law Seminar

The Canterbury-Westland Branch of the New Zealand Law Society will be holding an employment law seminar on 20 June. The employment law update will be on the Massey Case Trial Periods and the new S103A. Tim McGin Brad McDonald and Dean Kilpatrick will speak on these issues at the Burnside ... More about Employment Law Seminar.

20 April 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Guiding your clients through rural succession planning

Canterbury-Westland lawyers with clients living in rural areas have the opportunity to participate in a special one-hour webinar aimed at clarifying the complex issues around rural succession planning. Succession Planning for Rural Practitioners will be presented on 8 June for one hour from 11:00am. It will look at how practitioners ... More about Guiding your clients through rural succession planning.

16 April 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Anderson Lloyd and Kensington Swan set up Christchurch venture

Anderson Lloyd and Kensington Swan say they have formed an alliance in Christchurch. The alliance will be confined to the provision of legal services relating to the rebuilding of Christchurch. A statement released on behalf of the two firms says that between them they will offer eight resource management partners ... More about Anderson Lloyd and Kensington Swan set up Christchurch venture.

12 April 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Junior practitioner winery tour

Canterbury-Westland Branch junior practitioners are invited to a winery bus tour on Saturday 5 May. This is a fun tour and will cover three wineries and a BBQ for a fee of $50. The bus will leave from Trevinos 22 Riccarton Road promptly at 1045am in the morning with attendees ... More about Junior practitioner winery tour.

16 March 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Associate judges' jurisdiction - seminar

The Christchurch Junior Practitioners Committee invites all practitioners to a seminar on associate judges’ jurisdiction. Associate Judge Osbourne and Associate Judge Matthews will address a variety of topics on Monday 16 April at Cambridge Court No 2 99-101 Cambridge Tce. The topics covered will include: New discovery rules. Movement to ... More about Associate judges' jurisdiction - seminar .

27 February 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

The Great Debate

The Canterbury – Westland Branch invites practitioners high and district court judges to The Great Debate –a debate between senior and junior lawyers. Chaired by Associate Judge Osborne the night’s moot will be: Enthusiasm v experience – do junior lawyers do it better? It will be centred around the fact ... More about The Great Debate.

16 February 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Update on Rangiora courthouse released

The Ministry of Justice has released an update on progress with the Rangiora District Court which was closed in late November 2011 after engineering experts warned there was a high risk of partial or full collapse in a significant seismic event. The ministry says Rangiora District Court cases will continue ... More about Update on Rangiora courthouse released.

3 February 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Courts Minister happy with progress

Courts Minister Chester Borrows visited Christchurch on 2 February and says the recovery of justice services in Christchurch is making excellent progress. Mr Borrows visited seven Ministry of Justice facilities including the successful District Court operation at Ngā Hau e Whā marae in the eastern suburbs and the site of ... More about Courts Minister happy with progress.

17 January 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Branch cocktail function

Canterbury-Westland branch members are invited to meet the NZLS President and the Board at a cocktail function. The free event will be held at the Westpac Hub Addington (adjacent to the CBS Canterbury Arena) on 10 February 2012 between 5.15pm and 7pm. If you wish to attend please complete this ... More about Branch cocktail function .

16 January 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Christchurch hosts majority of leaky homes

Information released by the Department of Building and Housing's Weathertight Homes Resolution Service shows that there were 194 active claims covering 110 properties in the Canterbury-Westland branch region at 8 January 2012. The majority of these (178 claims on 94 properties) were in the Christchurch city council region. There was ... More about Christchurch hosts majority of leaky homes.

16 January 2012
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Mental health law conference

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry Psychology and Law has released the dates of the annual Mental Health Law presentations in Canterbury. It will be held in Christchurch on Tuesday 10 July 2012. The program is presently being finalised but again will be topical and relevant to people ... More about Mental health law conference.

8 December 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Extension of application arrangement for legal aid providers affected by the Canterbury earthquakes.

The Ministry of Justice has extended the application arrangements for legal aid providers who have been affected by the Canterbury earthquakes. Canterbury lawyers now have until 30 June 2012 to provide work samples for legal aid provider applications. Recognising that some providers were unable to access their files and records ... More about Extension of application arrangement for legal aid providers affected by the Canterbury earthquakes..

6 December 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Increase in demand for insurance lawyers prompts course

An increase in demand for insurance lawyers due to the earthquakes and resulting damage has prompted the University of Canterbury to offer a special one-semester course in 2012. The course will allow practising lawyers to obtain a “Certificate of Proficiency” or a “cultural” enrolment in insurance law at the. Canterbury ... More about Increase in demand for insurance lawyers prompts course.

1 December 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Rangiora District Court to be temporarily closed

The Ministry of Justice has announced that the Rangiora District Court will be temporarily closed while earthquake strengthening work is carried out. The closure is effective from 1 December 2011 and the ministry says Rangiora District Court business will transfer to "existing sites across Christchurch". The ministry says current indications ... More about Rangiora District Court to be temporarily closed.

11 November 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Cavell Leitch Law takes Law Award

Christchurch law firm Cavell Leitch Law has won the Marsh Insurance Law Award at the 2011 New Zealand Law Awards. The awards - in their seventh year - were presented in Auckland on 10 November. Another Christchurch firm Lane Neave Lawyers won the Legal Personnel Employer of Choice award for ... More about Cavell Leitch Law takes Law Award.

9 November 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

UC law academic named Fulbright Visiting Scholar in NZ Studies

University of Canterbury law academic Dr John Hopkins has been named a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in New Zealand Studies for 2012. Dr Hopkins will research the Administrative Procedure Act and the US system of federalism and teach a course on comparative global constitutionalism from a Pacific viewpoint at Georgetown University ... More about UC law academic named Fulbright Visiting Scholar in NZ Studies.

2 November 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Judge Michael Green dies

Retired District Court Judge Michael Green has died in Auckland. Judge Green and his wife Joan had moved from their home in Christchurch after the February 2011 earthquake. He began his career in the law in Timaru after receiving an LLB from Canterbury University. He is survived by Joan and ... More about Judge Michael Green dies.

18 October 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Leader workshops 2012

The Association of Dispute Resolvers Leader has posted advance notice of 2012 mediation workshop dates on its website. The dates for the workshops are as follows: Auckland 20-24 March 2012 & Auckland 6-10 November 2012 Wellington 19-23 June 2012 South Island 14-18 August 2012 For expressions of interest contact the ... More about Leader workshops 2012.

17 October 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

University of Canterbury to host Professor Andrew Ashworth

The Faculty of Law University of Canterbury will host the New Zealand Law Foundation’s 2012 Distinguished Visiting Fellow Professor Andrew Ashworth. Professor Ashworth is visiting New Zealand in February and March 2012. During his time in New Zealand he will give public lectures on: 1. The fundamental right to liberty ... More about University of Canterbury to host Professor Andrew Ashworth.

14 October 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Changes to speed up urban planning in Christchurch

Local authorities and developers will be able to make land available for post-earthquake residential development with certainty due to changes to the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement says Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee. "The Government believes that process needs to be sped up and modified to accommodate the events of ... More about Changes to speed up urban planning in Christchurch.

12 October 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

95% of region's resource consent applications processed on time

The Canterbury-Westland councils processed 95% of their resource consent applications on schedule in the year ended June 2011. This is on par with the national average of 95%. 9% of the regions application deadlines were extended through the use of section 37. Nationally during 2010-2011 36 154 resource consent applications ... More about 95% of region's resource consent applications processed on time.

7 October 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Report on subdivisions results in proposals to amend RMA

A report into approvals of subdivisions in Christchurch and Kaiapoi badly affected by Canterbury's earthquakes has resulted in the Government proposing changes to the Resource Management Act to better manage the risk of natural hazards. The fact finding report by consultants Hill Young Cooper and Resource Management Group Limited investigated ... More about Report on subdivisions results in proposals to amend RMA.

4 October 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

DBH technical report into building collapse released

The Department of Building and Housing has released its technical report from its investigation into the collapse of three large multi-storey Christchurch buildings - Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC) Forsyth Barr and Hotel Grand Chancellor. The investigation has been conducted by leading New Zealand engineering consultants and their findings peer reviewed ... More about DBH technical report into building collapse released.

4 October 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

DOL to survey Canterbury employers

The Department of Labour will be contacting Canterbury employers requesting information to aid future business planning. Up to 2000 employers are being surveyed from the end of September through October and asked about the impact of the earthquakes how businesses have responded what challenges they faced and which support services ... More about DOL to survey Canterbury employers .

28 September 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Christchurch council proposes bylaw

Christchurch City Council is proposing the development of a new bylaw to address any potential issues with the possible re-location of brothels and accompanying signage advertising commercial sexual services. Many of the large known brothels other than small owner-operated brothels are located in the Central City. Most of these brothels’ ... More about Christchurch council proposes bylaw.

22 September 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

NZLS repeats warning to Christchurch homeowners

Reports of Christchurch residents settling insurance or property-related matters without awareness of their full entitlements has caused the New Zealand Law Society to reiterate its warning to homeowners. The Law Society says settlement agreements are being made to the detriment of Christchurch homeowners with earthquake damaged properties. Some have accepted ... More about NZLS repeats warning to Christchurch homeowners.

20 September 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

New court sentencing reports

The Canterbury-Westland region will be expected to implement a single report for presentation of information required under the Sentencing Act 2002. The West Coast will begin from 1 March 2012. Christchurch starts on 31 March 2012. The Department of Corrections' Community Probation Services (CPS) says it has implemented a new ... More about New court sentencing reports .

8 September 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Webinar will look at practical implications of gift duty repeal

Gift duty will be repealed from 1 October 2011 but lawyers are being warned that they shouldn’t automatically advise clients to forgive any outstanding debts owed to them by a family trust. Doing so could result in clients becoming ineligible for means-tested benefits in the future including the residential care ... More about Webinar will look at practical implications of gift duty repeal.

30 August 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Guidelines for lost conveyancing and trust account records

The New Zealand Law Society's Property Law Section and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) have jointly published a guideline for conveyancing records lost or destroyed in the Canterbury earthquakes. The guideline provides information on replacing lost documents for conveyancing transactions yet to be registered and for addressing lost supporting documentation ... More about Guidelines for lost conveyancing and trust account records.

29 August 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Pressure growing in caseload for some Christchurch courts

The Ministry of Justice says that compared to pre-22 February earthquake levels total active cases across all jurisdictions in Christchurch are currently 16% higher. In its latest Christchurch Earthquake Response summary the ministry says that while utlilising temporary and permanent facilities on a multi-jurisdictional basis is ensuring that caseloads are ... More about Pressure growing in caseload for some Christchurch courts.

23 August 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Another lawyer to assist earthquake victims families

The Government has announced it will appoint a third lawyer to assist families of 22 February Canterbury earthquake victims. The decision comes after the Attorney-General Chris Finlayson met on Sunday with some families of Canterbury earthquake victims to hear concerns about their level of representation in the Royal Commission of ... More about Another lawyer to assist earthquake victims families .

19 August 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

9.8% of New Zealand lawyers in Canterbury-Westland branch

New Zealand Law Society information on practising certificates on issue at 1 August 2011 shows that Canterbury-Westland branch has 9.8% of New Zealand's lawyers. Of the 1093 practising certificates held by Canterbury-Westland lawyers 650 are held by men and 443 by women - meaning 59% of Canterbury-Westland lawyers are men. ... More about 9.8% of New Zealand lawyers in Canterbury-Westland branch.

19 August 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Red Zone letters of offer in the mail

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the first 3000 of about 5000 property owners whose houses were zoned red on 23 June will begin receiving government letters of offer for their properties over the next couple of days. “We set ourselves an ambitious goal of mid-August to get offers ... More about Red Zone letters of offer in the mail.

17 August 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Crown acquisition of insured residential Red Zone properties

The New Zealand Law Society’s Canterbury-Westland branch is advising all lawyers in the branch area that a number of documents prepared for the basis for the Crown purchase of insured residential red zone properties are now available. The documents can be downloaded from the New Zealand Law Society’s website here. ... More about Crown acquisition of insured residential Red Zone properties.

3 August 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Professional women's dinner, Christchurch

Christchurch women lawyers are invited to attend the annual Professional Women’s Dinner. This year’s event is to be held at Hintons (three minutes from the Christchurch International Airport). There will be a cash bar with two-course-dinner and canapes provided. Captain Kalo Lalahi regimental medical officer for the 2nd/1st Royal New ... More about Professional women's dinner, Christchurch.

2 August 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Govt to contribute to legal fees for red zone residents

The government has developed further details of its offer to buy the properties of insured Canterbury homeowners in the residential red zone including legal support. Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has had announced that the package includes a $3.83 million contribution to the legal costs of homeowners’ in the ... More about Govt to contribute to legal fees for red zone residents.

28 July 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Christchurch lawyer appointed to the Gambling Commission

Christchurch lawyer Abigail Foote has been appointed to the Gambling Commission. The Gambling Commission is an independent statutory decision-making body. It hears casino licensing applications and appeals on licensing and enforcement decisions made by the Secretary of Internal Affairs in relation to gaming machines and other non-casino gambling activities. The ... More about Christchurch lawyer appointed to the Gambling Commission.

26 July 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Climate change and business conference

It is still possible to register for the Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business conference in Wellington. The conference will be held at the Wellington Convention Centre 1-2 August 2011. The seventh annual conference will focus on best practice business responses to international and domestic policy developments. These will include ... More about Climate change and business conference.

26 July 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Workshop on National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management

The Ministry for the Environment is running workshops on the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. A public workshop will be held in Christchurch on 1 August from 1pm–330pm at the Lincoln Events Centre 1 Williams Street North. The Ministry has advised the workshops will be of particular interest to ... More about Workshop on National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.

21 July 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Canterbury up-date before noon tomorrow

The regular weekly earthquake recovery update media conference will be available online tomorrow. Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton will join a representative from the Earthquake Commission to discuss the latest progress at 11am tomorrow. Footage of the media conference will ... More about Canterbury up-date before noon tomorrow.

21 July 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Satisfactory alternative solution: Equivalent Capacity Mesh

The Department of Building and Housing has issued an interim solution to the lack of grade 500E reinforcing mesh fabric in the country. Changes to the B1 Compliance Document for the Canterbury earthquake region require that concrete slabs-on-ground constructed in accordance with NZS3604:1999 on good ground be reinforced with a ... More about Satisfactory alternative solution: Equivalent Capacity Mesh.

5 July 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Chief High Court Judge gives update on Christchurch High Court recovery

In an open letter to practitioners the Chief High Court Judge Justice Helen Winkelmann has provided information on recovery plans for the Christchurch High Court. Justice Winkelmann says the plans were discussed at a meeting in Christchurch on 17 June which was attended by all Christchurch High Court judges senior ... More about Chief High Court Judge gives update on Christchurch High Court recovery.

27 June 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Expressions of interest sought for three Canterbury Visiting Justice positions

The Ministry of Justice is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons who would like to be considered for appointment as Visiting Justices in the Canterbury region. Under section 19(2) of the Corrections Act 2004 the Governor-General may on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice appoint any Justice ... More about Expressions of interest sought for three Canterbury Visiting Justice positions.

23 June 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Brownlee provides details of red, orange, green and white zones

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the announcement of zones of land damage in greater Christchurch is the most up-to-date information that can be provided. "The government will continue to provide the public with timely and accurate information on the state of the land and what it means for ... More about Brownlee provides details of red, orange, green and white zones.

15 June 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Asset planning webinars

Canterbury-Westland lawyers are invited to attend a NZLS CLE Ltd webinar on asset planning - the impact of the Ministry of Social Development's means assessment. Live to your computer on 21 July the seminar delivered via the internet will address questions surrounding what the Ministry of Social Development takes into ... More about Asset planning webinars.

15 June 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Unit Titles Act seminars

NZLS CLE Ltd is providing lawyers with the opportunity to learn more about the Unit Titles Act 2010. This heralds a significant change in the property market and along with the explosion of unit title developments a significant numbers of residents come under the ambit of this Act. They along ... More about Unit Titles Act seminars.

15 June 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Seminars on evidence for family lawyers

The NZLS CLE Ltd are hosting a series of seminars and video-conferences on Evidence for Family Lawyers at the end of this month. The Family Court has become riddled with hearsay opinion propensity and irrelevant evidence leading to unnecessary delays expense frustration and irritation on the part of other counsel ... More about Seminars on evidence for family lawyers.

10 June 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Christchurch City Council’s responsibilities will change

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act will be used to modify provisions in the Local Government Act 2002 and the Energy Companies Act 1992 changing Christchurch City Council's annual planning and accountability responsibilities. Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the primary goal of this order in council will be to ... More about Christchurch City Council’s responsibilities will change.

19 May 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Building Code document changes will alter Canterbury requirements

Changes are being made to Building Code documents to increase the seismic hazard factor for Canterbury and to require stronger foundations for buildings. Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Department of Building and Housing has decided to increase the seismic hazard factor for the design of all buildings ... More about Building Code document changes will alter Canterbury requirements.

9 May 2011
By Canterbury-Westland Branch

Webinar gives key information on raising and challenging personal grievances

Name branch employment law practitioners have an opportunity to hear from the Chief Employment Court Judge during a special NZLS CLE Ltd webinar on 3 June 2011. “Raising Personal Grievances and Challenges – getting it right” will be held at 1:00pm. The 1-hour webinar will link all registered participants to ... More about Webinar gives key information on raising and challenging personal grievances.