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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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  • NZ lawyer censured after assault charge

    NZ lawyer censured after assault charge

    A Thames former lawyer and police officer has been censured by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal after being convicted on a charge of male assaults female (MAF).

    Dugal Matheson was first found guilty of the charge in the Hamilton District Court in 2013. The incident occurred in 2011, when Matheson still had a practising certificate.

    Matheson appealed to the High Court, and his appeal was dismissed on 3 June last year.
    A report released by the New...
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  • Down on the Law Society Farm

    Down on the Law Society Farm

    The fox was put in charge of the hen house as the Law Society’s prosecution played out this week against Auckland Human Rights Barrister Evgeny Orlov in an Auckland District Court room. The Tribunal panel is expected to strike Orlov off for making ‘scandalous’ complaints against then-High Court (and current Court of Appeal) Judge Rhys Harrison However, nothing was to be left to chance after legal blogger Stephen Franks recently criticised the inordinate time and expense of the 6 year prosecuti...
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  • Court of Appeal Judge Accused of Creating Fiction

    Court of Appeal Judge Accused of Creating Fiction

    The judge at the heart of a Law Society tribunal case this week has another antagonist tugging at his robe. Barrister Evgeny Orlov went on trial in Auckland this week for comments he has made about Justice Rhys Harrison for handing over a child to a known paedophile and alleged slights against foreign born New Zealanders. Last week legal blogger Vince Siemer filed two affidavits with the Supreme Court in support of applications to appeal separate rulings Harrison J made on allegedly non-ex...
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  • Lawyer Lynching Labelled Show Trial

    Lawyer Lynching Labelled Show Trial



    Political oppression against those who exercise their freedom to express critical views of judges is set to play out in an Auckland District Courtroom on 2 September 2013, where the New Zealand Law Society is seeking to have human rights barrister Evgeny Orlov debarred for privately criticising Court of Appeal Judge Rhys Harrison.

    The prosecution has been on foot for five years, has cost Society members over $200,000 and is largely unknown to the public despite


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  • Law Society slams spy agency bill

    Law Society slams spy agency bill


    The Law Society has made a stinging attack on proposed law changes governing the GCSB spy agency, saying they effectively transform it from a foreign intelligence agency to a domestic one without any justification being given.
    InternetNZ has also raised serious concerns about the bill before Parliament, saying its powers are too broad.Submissions on the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Bill closed on Friday, and hearings on it will begin early next
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