Special reports

  • Auckland housing, a crisis for some, bonanza for others

    The Reserve Bank in its most recent Financial Stability Report warned that the “increasingly stretched Auckland market is at risk of a damaging correction, especially if economic conditions deteriorate. House prices now exceed nine times gross income in Auckland, placing it among the most expensive cities in the world”. But how is the situation impacting Auckland’s legal industry? Sasha Borissenko reports.

  • Centre of excellence

    New Zealand’s highly competitive capital demands the best of law firms, and as Ben Abbott finds, excellence in Wellington means being something greater than just local.

  • Strike while the iron’s hot

    Property practices in Auckland law firms are being inundated with work off the back of a booming hot real estate market.

  • Succession planning

    As many baby boomers delay retirement while the next generation of leaders knock at the partnership door, succession planning has never been more crucial for law firms.

  • Speaking my language by Kathryn Crossley

    Increasing Chinese investment in New Zealand has presented significant opportunities, but language barriers have highlighted the lack of Chinese-speaking lawyers in local firms.

  • ​Helping Businesses Work : New Zealand’s employment law landscape by NZ Lawyer

    The employment law landscape has been a dynamic one over the past 12 months, to say the least. NZ Lawyer caught up with some of the practice area’s top practitioners and each one told us that it’s been an incredibly busy year, what with Law and Colbert v Woodford House and Iona Boards of Trustees shaking up statutory minimum remuneration issues, and Terranova Homes and Care v Service and Food Workers Union bringing concerns around gender-based pay discrimination to a head. Here’s an overview of what’s happened, what’s happening, and a sneak peek at what’s yet to come.

  • Whanganui River deed of settlement initialled by

    The Crown and Whanganui Iwi negotiators have initialled the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement and Te Awa Tupua Framework Document which, if agreed to by Whanganui Iwi members through a ratification process, will settle historical Treaty of Waitangi claims relating to the Whanganui River

  • Where to sue? by

    The High Court's recent decision in The Hibernian Catholic Benefit Society v Hagai has added to the vexed question of the respective jurisdictions of the High Court and the Employment Relations Authority. Russell McVeagh senior associate, Kylie Dunn, investigates

  • Opinion: England's new defamation legislation sets benchmark by

    Quayside Chambers media-law barrister, Ali Romanos, argues England's new defamation provisions provide an (almost) ideal template for New Zealand

  • Mark von Dadelszen: High Court amending charitable trusts by