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  • Trust lawyer struck off over missing $10,000

    Trust lawyer struck off over missing $10,000



    An Auckland lawyer has been struck off the roll after taking $10,000 from a family trust.

    Mary Frances Hackshaw was struck off on Friday after being found guilty of misconduct in relation to how she managed the trust for the children of a deceased man.

    The New Zealand Law Society's national prosecutions manager Mark Treleaven said Hackshaw was required to hold $10,000 in trust, with annual interest being paid to the deceased man's son."The funds ultimately...
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  • lawyer appears before disciplinary tribunal

    lawyer appears before disciplinary tribunal


    A high-profile Auckland lawyer has appeared before the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal in Auckland today facing numerous charges of inaccurate legal aid invoicing. Charl Hirschfeld is facing more than 10 charges brought by the Wellington Standards Committee. Mr Hirschfeld has numerously featured in the top five of the "legal aid rich list" and earned $2.8 million in the 18 months to December 31, 2007, according to figures released under the Official Information Act....
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  • Disgraced lawyer struck off

    Disgraced lawyer struck off

    A life ban for a lawyer accused of stealing $3 million from clients was "the only appropriate penalty", the Law Society says. John Milne, a lawyer from Dunedin, is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office over the long-term fraud allegations. Today, a Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal decided to strike him off its roll of barristers and solicitors. Milne appeared at the tribunal in Christchurch this morning after four professional misconduct charges were brought by the Otago St...
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  • Peter Dallison struck off roll of barristers

    Peter Dallison struck off roll of barristers

    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that Peter Robert Dallison be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors. This follows Mr Dallisonís admission of a charge of serious misconduct under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 which was brought by the Nelson Standards Committee of the New Zealand Law Society. The Law Society took action against Mr Dallison after he acted for clients who wished to purchase a property in Auckland. He did not provide the...
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  • Coroner issues warnings to media

    Coroner issues warnings to media

    The Bay of Plenty Coroner is calling for the issues around the reporting of suicide to be urgently addressed. Dr Wallace Bain says coroners, the media and the communities of New Zealand need clearer direction. Dr Bain is concerned about a recent editorial in the Medical Journal which greatly criticises the calls for more openness, saying it can lead to copy-cat suicides. He wants the Government to urgently evaluate the recent change to media guidelines and its impacts, however in the past few d...
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  • Judge Harvey's Injudicious Remarks Sink Him Again

    Judge Harvey's Injudicious Remarks Sink Him Again

    Auckland District Court Judge David Harvey has once again put his hooves in his mouth at the NetHUI conference at Auckland's Sky City. In talking about copyright law, Harvey spun a tweet "We have met the enemy and he is [the] US".
    The comment resulted in Judge Harvey having to disqualify himself from the trial of Kim Dotcom in the U.S.'s pursuit of the MegaUpload tycoon for alleged intellectual property law breaches. Reporter Russell Brown, to whom the comments were purportedly made, ...
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  • Sympathy for Hart's no show at hearing

    Sympathy for Hart's no show at hearing

    Sympathy was expressed today for high-profile defence lawyer Barry Hart who failed to front up to his own disciplinary hearing. Several members of the New Zealand Justice forum and the legal proffession cited Mr Hart's poor health and the disparity in his treatment by comparing his case to others, where fees described by the Court as "grossly excessive have resulted in no penalty from the Law Society for the lawyer concerned.

    Last year, the Financial Markets Authority backed...
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  • Gisborne lawyer Atareta Poananga struck off

    Gisborne lawyer Atareta Poananga struck off

    Former Maori Party candidate, Gisborne district councillor and Tairawhiti Health Board member Atareta Poananga has been struck off as a lawyer after falsifying 20 signatures while processing Treaty of Waitangi claims. Ms Poananga admitted four charges before the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal - two of forgery and false declaration, and two of misconduct relating to the period 2008 to 2010. Chairman Judge Dale Clarkson said striking Poananga off the roll of barristers and solici...
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  • Trust lawyer struck off over missing $10,000
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    An Auckland lawyer has been struck off the roll after taking $10,000 from a family trust.

    Mary Frances Hackshaw was struck off on Friday after being found guilty of misconduct in relation to how she managed the trust for the children of a deceased man.

    The New Zealand Law Society's national prosecutions manager Mark Treleaven said Hackshaw was required to hold $10,000 in trust, with annual interest being paid to the deceased man's son."The funds ultimately...
    08-07-2016, 11:50 PM
  • lawyer appears before disciplinary tribunal
    by admin

    A high-profile Auckland lawyer has appeared before the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal in Auckland today facing numerous charges of inaccurate legal aid invoicing. Charl Hirschfeld is facing more than 10 charges brought by the Wellington Standards Committee. Mr Hirschfeld has numerously featured in the top five of the "legal aid rich list" and earned $2.8 million in the 18 months to December 31, 2007, according to figures released under the Official Information Act....
    16-12-2013, 07:06 PM
  • Disgraced lawyer struck off
    by admin
    A life ban for a lawyer accused of stealing $3 million from clients was "the only appropriate penalty", the Law Society says. John Milne, a lawyer from Dunedin, is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office over the long-term fraud allegations. Today, a Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal decided to strike him off its roll of barristers and solicitors. Milne appeared at the tribunal in Christchurch this morning after four professional misconduct charges were brought by the Otago St...
    30-04-2013, 09:31 PM
  • Peter Dallison struck off roll of barristers
    by admin
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that Peter Robert Dallison be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors. This follows Mr Dallisonís admission of a charge of serious misconduct under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 which was brought by the Nelson Standards Committee of the New Zealand Law Society. The Law Society took action against Mr Dallison after he acted for clients who wished to purchase a property in Auckland. He did not provide the...
    06-03-2013, 11:06 AM
  • Coroner issues warnings to media
    by admin
    The Bay of Plenty Coroner is calling for the issues around the reporting of suicide to be urgently addressed. Dr Wallace Bain says coroners, the media and the communities of New Zealand need clearer direction. Dr Bain is concerned about a recent editorial in the Medical Journal which greatly criticises the calls for more openness, saying it can lead to copy-cat suicides. He wants the Government to urgently evaluate the recent change to media guidelines and its impacts, however in the past few d...
    06-11-2012, 05:03 AM
  • Judge Harvey's Injudicious Remarks Sink Him Again
    by courtwatcher
    Auckland District Court Judge David Harvey has once again put his hooves in his mouth at the NetHUI conference at Auckland's Sky City. In talking about copyright law, Harvey spun a tweet "We have met the enemy and he is [the] US".
    The comment resulted in Judge Harvey having to disqualify himself from the trial of Kim Dotcom in the U.S.'s pursuit of the MegaUpload tycoon for alleged intellectual property law breaches. Reporter Russell Brown, to whom the comments were purportedly made, ...
    19-07-2012, 02:09 PM
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