McShite and Associates wins prestigious law award

A repost from 2013 in honour of last night’s New Zealand Law Awards. (I have no idea who won anything last night, but I’m sure you were all very worthy)

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The Noblest Profession

Sometimes I think the legal profession gets a rough ride. People love to hate lawyers, even though many of us work hard and are decent people. Most firms do some pro bono work, and lawyers can be found on the boards of most charities or good causes. If Jesus was alive today I am utterly…

If You’re In Wellington I’ve Some Bad News

I know Wellingtonians stressed out about the wild weather don’t need any more bad news, but you need to be told. According to the Law Society, 2153 lawyers working in Wellington hold practising certificates. That accounts for 19.8% of all practising certificates held by New Zealand resident lawyers. But it’s even scarier than that, Wellington…

Outrageous!

The NZ Herald appears to be insinuating that lawyers should not be entitled to receive preferential treatment when it comes to our drink driving laws. I am outraged. Outraged! I don’t like what the paper’s trying to suggest. Lawyers are central to the development and drafting of law. So it makes perfect sense for us to…

How To Write A Legal Letter

It has become obvious to me that many of my colleagues in the legal profession have a real problem with the way they write. And it’s getting worse. If you’ve read a letter from a lawyer lately you probably felt some disappointment about the wordsmanship. Where have all the “notwithstandings” and “hereinafters” gone? Is there…