Being wrong can lead to professional embarrassment, self-doubt, criticism and complaints. Lawyers would be less prone to anxiety, stress and depression if they were allowed to be wrong: paper delivered to the Conference of Legal Regulators.

Click here for a copy of the paper: On Being Wrong


I have never seen or heard of any judge ever being rude to counsel or even moderately unkind. This is regrettable. If the justice system is to be truly efficient, every judge should always be extremely rude to every counsel.


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…)


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…)

dreamstime_xs_30657464Some people think that if the criminal justice system is a dog, defence lawyers are the fleas on its back. (more…)

‘I wanted my lawyer to be a bulldog,’ the client said to me. ‘But you’re more like a chihuahua.’ (more…)

And then it dawns upon me, or rather whacks me in the head: I was wrong. (more…)


Notes from a recent seminar for practitioners on ethical rules relating to litigation. Click to download PDF: Awkward Advocacy

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