What's new

We all know how this goes. It’s Christmas or a birthday and you are not sure about the gift to give to that special person so you buy a voucher. When you pay your money to the shopkeeper and give the voucher to the recipient you do not imagine that you and the person who received the gift will be caught up in the murky world of company receiverships or collapses. The current Dick Smith situation highlights a major gap in the consumer protection market and raises interesting issues about the ethics of a retail store accepting money from a customer in exchange for a voucher when the owners of the company are aware that the company is in trouble and may fail.
Seven members of the New Zealand Law Society's Women's Advisory Panel have now been appointed.

No one likes to leave a perfectly good job, but, sometimes, conflict at work makes you feel there's no other option.

And if you've been subject to workplace conflict, it's easy to feel like you're the only one who has had to endure such terrible work conditions.

But, you're not alone.

A time to build up, a time to break down. A time to dance, a time to mourn. A time to cast away stones. A time to gather stones together. To everything - turn, turn, turn. There is a season - turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under heaven. (Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds)
Nationwide mediation and dispute resolution specialist, FairWay Resolution Limited has launched a building and construction dispute resolution service. FairWay’s new service will further extend its current provision of dispute resolution services between builders, other contractors involved in building houses and home owners. The service is a quick and inexpensive alternative to going to court.
The Family Dispute Resolution Act 2013 (“the Act”) provides for four possible outcomes when parties seek to have Family Dispute Resolution mediation. These outcomes are prescribed by section 12 of the Act.
FairWay appeared before the Health Select Committee at Parliament on Wednesday 4th November and made an oral submission on why the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill could be further strengthened, and its goals supported, through the inclusion of a dispute resolution provision. Jennifer Dickinson Mahony represented FairWay in making the submission.
The recipient of the inaugural $10,000 FairWay Resolution Anne Scragg Scholarship for 2015 is Matthew Gale from Auckland. Currently a Master of Laws candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, Matthew’s entry for the award entitled “Mediation and the Civil Justice Gap” explored the interplay between courts, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and the challenges associated with a surging tide of people looking for justice.
By now everyone in the judicial branch in every state knows that we are experiencing an explosion of unrepresented persons appearing in the courts of general jurisdiction of this country. We know that they impose major burdens on judges, court staff, and on court processes.