The British government continues to promote the online lasting power of attorney service despite criticism from the legal profession. This week the Law Society of England and Wales raised further concern over the service which enables citizens to create what New Zealand law terms an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)... More about United Kingdom government moves forward with online legal services.
Finlayson at Quintet meeting (10 July 2014)
Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC is in London to attend the sixth annual "Quintet of Attorneys-General" meeting. The Quintet is a meeting of the Attorneys-General of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, England and Wales, and the United States. Its objective is to share experiences and ideas, in particular on complex and cross-border... More about Finlayson at Quintet meeting.
Bitcoin is part of current financial environment (10 July 2014)
Got your head around the legal issues surrounding social media? So, now, what're your thoughts on crypto-currency? If you haven't heard by now; it is definitely a real thing, one which is cementing a place in the world’s financial environment. In fact, in a speech on 5 July 2014 Geoff... More about Bitcoin is part of current financial environment .
NZ will host global mediation conference in 2016 (9 July 2014)
New Zealand will host the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) bi-annual conference in 2016. The conference will be a joint undertaking of IAM and the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). It will be the first time the IAM conference has been held in the Asia-Pacific region. IAM... More about NZ will host global mediation conference in 2016.
IBA conference planned for Tokyo (9 July 2014)
The International Bar Association (IBA) says it will be holding its annual conference from 19-24 October 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Early registration is now open and closes on 1 August 2014. The IBA conferences are claimed to be the largest gatherings of the international legal community in the world. The... More about IBA conference planned for Tokyo.
Juror satisfaction survey results in September (9 July 2014)
Courts Minister Chester Borrows says a juror satisfaction survey was carried out from 5 May to 13 June 2014 and a report will be completed by September 2014. Mr Borrows provided the information in response to a parliamentary question for written answer by Independent MP Brendan Horan. He says the... More about Juror satisfaction survey results in September.
The lawyers' lawyers need lawyers (8 July 2014)
“Even lawyers’ lawyers need lawyers these days” is a joke doing the rounds in China as the government clamps down on lawyers who defend human rights. Law is a profession where the work often involves conflict and intense emotions. The courageous committment of many lawyers around the world can lead... More about The lawyers' lawyers need lawyers.
Patent Regulations 2014 Cabinet paper released (8 July 2014)
IPONZ has made the Cabinet paper on the Patent Regulations 2014 available. It says it expects that the regulations will be published in early to mid-August 2014. The Patents Act 2013 will come into force on 13 September 2014. It replaces and repeals the Patents Act 1953. The paper provides... More about Patent Regulations 2014 Cabinet paper released.
Standard clauses provided for Treaty settlement bills (8 July 2014)
The Parliamentary Counsel Office has released details of standard clauses that are used in new Treaty of Waitangi settlement bills. Attorney-General and Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson QC decided on 22 January 2014 that standard clauses were to be used in new Treaty settlement bills covering redress... More about Standard clauses provided for Treaty settlement bills.
First peer-to-peer lending licence issued (8 July 2014)
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) says it has issued its first peer-to-peer lending service licence, to Auckland-based Harmoney. The licence has been issued under the provisions of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013. Peer-to-peer lending involves an intermediary, the peer-to-peer lending service, bringing borrowers and lenders together, and charging a... More about First peer-to-peer lending licence issued.