Kiwis in Australia have protested against Australian laws which preclude New Zealanders from disability care, welfare, social housing and other benefits.  As an Australian who has lived in New Zealand since 1997 I feel obliged to explain these laws.


As I sat alone in a café writing out my New Year’s resolutions, Socrates walked in. He paused at the door to straighten his toga and then, to my surprise, approached me (more…)

Some people think that if the criminal justice system is a dog, defence lawyers are the fleas on its back. (more…)

While litigators regard Friday afternoon as a casual preamble to the weekend, if not part of the weekend itself, for many property lawyers it is a time of real peril. As 4pm looms, the interests of purchaser, vendor, bank and lawyer can collide in a jumble of instructions, undertakings, settlement statements, penalty interest and litigation (or at least threatened litigation given the absence of litigators on Friday afternoons). (more…)


Notes from a recent seminar for practitioners on ethical rules relating to litigation. (more…)

I have been appointed as a member of the Christchurch Crown Prosecution Panel.

The international response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, imperfect though it has been so far, nevertheless demonstrates that the world has learned some lessons since the invasion of Iraq a decade ago. While President Barack Obama is being portrayed as bridesmaid to Statesman Putin’s bride, the United States’ response to the Syrian atrocities has at least some merit. (more…)

He was, according to his biographer, a great and remarkable man: ‘Endowed with pre-eminent personal beauty of the most virile type and standing six feet three inches high… (more…)

stored in: Fiction

The clock mocked the Lawyer as Monday afternoon set in. And that insatiable presence stared from the screen, its curser thumping. (more…)

The Sensible Sentencing Trust has now launched its ‘Judge the Judges’ website. A spokeswoman for the Trust said that the site is not just about ‘naming and shaming’ judges but educating the public on how the court system works. (more…)