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. Click to download PDF: Awkward Advocacy

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

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…)

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…)

CWFI have been appointed a trustee of the Christchurch Writers Festival Trust. The festival is a biennial celebration of writers and books which is next due to be held in Christchurch in 2014. Go to the website for more details: http://chchwritersfest.co.nz/  or like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chchwritersfest.



Nick Davidson QC recently celebrated 25 years at the Bar. This is an abridged version of a speech delivered by Marcus Elliott of Canterbury Chambers at a recent function to honour his achievements. (more…)

Haiti has made some progress since its capital was flattened by the 7.0M earthquake on 12 January 2010, but many of its chronic problems with the rule of law, education, women’s rights, illness and poverty endure. (more…)

The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission concluded its work in November. A copy of its final report can be found at: http://canterbury.royalcommission.govt.nz/

The Royal Commission has finished hearing evidence about the collapse of the CTV Building. Closing submissions will be delivered on 5 and 6 September.