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


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…)

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…)

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.

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…)