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Thursday, 16 August 2018

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GOVERNANCE AND POLICY LESSONS FROM RUSSELL McVEAGH REVIEW: Jodie Flowerday, Senior Policy Advisor at the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of Canterbury, discusses the Russell McVeagh Review from a governance and policy perspective, noting the finding that governance failings contributed to the firm's treatment of harassment and bullying.

NEW DEFENCE OF RESPONSIBLE COMMUNICATION ON A MATTER OF PUBLIC INTEREST: Bell Gully Partner Tania Goatley and Solicitor Harriet Young discuss the recent case of Durie v Gardiner, where the Court of Appeal recognised a new defence of “responsible communication on a matter of public interest” to defamation claims arising from mass media publications.

Industry Developments

FORMER EMPLOYMENT COURT CHIEF JUDGE ON MEDICAL INCAPACITY IN EMPLOYMENT: Graeme Colgan, who is a Barrister and Employment Law Specialist, wrote a Letter to the Editor after reading last week's article about Medical Incapacity in Employment and as grounds for dismissal. Graeme also raises a consequential issue which has the potential to complicate this already tricky area of the law.

FINANCIAL ADVISER CHANGES PROPOSED IN COMMITTEE REPORT: MinterEllisonRuddWatts' Partner Jeremy Muir and Senior Associate Andrew Suggate discuss the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee's Report on the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill. All businesses involved in the provision of financial advice, financial services or financial products should take note, they write.

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PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS OF ROAD RAGE: THE NEW REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY?  Dr Tony Mander, Consultant Psychiatrist, discusses the potential for road rage to be "the new Repetitive Strain Injury" and whether a psychiatric diagnosis can stem from such an incident, in the context of civil claims. Being the victim of a road rage attack - would it necessarily result in a psychiatric diagnosis?

LEADERSHIP TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR COMPOSURE IN THE WORKPLACE: Leadership Coach and Business Psychologist Jasbindar Singh discusses how leaders can learn how to keep their composure in the workplace, even if confronted with a "trigger" situation. What we do know is that keeping our composure serves us better, not just in the moment, but longer term, she writes.

Thursday, 9 August 2018


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GET IT RIGHT OR PAY THE PRICE - IS YOUR FIRM COMPLIANT WITH ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING LAWS? Stephen Drain, Partner in Forensic Services at PwC Auckland New Zealand, discusses the need for law firms to have a dynamic Anti-Money Laundering Risk Assessment in order to ensure adequate compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act, which now applies to lawyers.

ENQUIRIES INCREASING ABOUT TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT OVER MEDICAL INCAPACITY: Lane Neave Associate Hannah Martin discusses a topical issue in employment law - medical incapacity - and where employers stand under the law when such long-term incapacity prevents an employee from performing the job they were hired for.

Industry Developments

DATA IS YOUR FIRM'S CORE BUSINESS: WILL YOU GOVERN IT? Annelies Moens, global privacy expert and Privcore Managing Director, discusses why data and its governance is important to most, if not all, organisations and is something that leaders and managers must embrace.

MAKING PRIVATE OFFERS UNDER FINANCIAL MARKETS CONDUCT ACT:  MinterEllisonRuddWatts Partner Jeremy Muir discusses private offers under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013, how they are distinguished from regulated offers, and requirements for structuring a private offer.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH AN INCOMPETENT, NON-EMPATHETIC BOSS:  Christa Ludlow, Principal Consultant of Weir Consulting, discusses how to deal with a non-empathetic boss who lacks an understanding of your job but demands increased productivity. The scenario: My boss has never actually done my job, doesn’t understand what it involves and has unrealistic expectations. 

STRIKE A WORK/LIFE BALANCE BETWEEN A HIGH PRESSURE JOB AND PARENTHOOD: Andrea Christie-David, Managing Director at Leor In Home Early Learning, lawyer and mum of three, discusses how parents can maintain a work/life balance. When you become a parent, it's at that point you realise that the productivity you knew before you had children was basically a trial run, she writes.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

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KATHRYN BECK CALLS FOR FEMALE TARGETS ON COMPANY BOARDS: Legalwise News NZ interviewed the New Zealand Law Society president about mandatory female quotas on company boards, after Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter suggested the Government might consider "incentivising" private companies to increase female representation on boards.

NEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS IN WORKPLACE:  MinterEllisonRuddWatts Partners Megan Richards and Gillian Service discuss the Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill which will come into force on 1 April 2019. The new law will amend several key pieces of legislation to support survivors to stay in paid employment, they write.

Industry Developments

NEW CODE OF CONDUCT FOR TRANS-TASMAN PATENT ATTORNEYS: Kate McHaffie, Principal at AJ Park Law, discusses the new Code of Conduct for New Zealand and Australian patent attorneys, whom are now subject to a joint regulatory system. The Code brings welcome clarity for the profession, and hopefully provides clients with assurance that their IP advisers are held to a high standard, she writes. 

WATER SECTOR SET FOR MAJOR SHAKE-UP: Simpson Grierson Partners Padraig McNamara and Jonathan Salter discuss Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta’s speech to the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Conference in Christchurch last month, which suggested significant changes might be on the way for New Zealand’s water sector.

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CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE IS THE NEW MARKETING: Strategic marketing communications executive Leticia Mooney, of Brutal Pixie, discusses how customer experience has been dubbed “the new marketing” and why it’s key to business success. We all think that we deliver great service; unfortunately, it’s never as good as we think it is, she writes.

A CAUSATIVE LINK BETWEEN WORK STRESS AND DEPRESSION? Dr Tony Mander, Consultant Psychiatrist, discusses the role of stress in psychiatric claims and whether depression suffered during work stress could be attributed to such stress. If an individual becomes depressed in the setting of work stress is there a causative link? 



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