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…)
And then it dawns upon me, or rather whacks me in the head: I was wrong. (more…)
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…)
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…)
I 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.
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.
The Royal Commission’s hearing into the collapse of the CTV Building begins on 25 June. Videos of the hearing can be found at: