Articles: Civil Dispute Litigation

I've got a dispute - how do I resolve it?

When it comes to dispute resolution, there are many available options. Choosing the right option for your dispute is crucial to ensuring you can resolve your dispute in the most time and cost effective manner.

There are three main types of dispute resolution procedures:


Hate Speech - What is it?

The term ‘hate speech’ does not appear in any New Zealand legislation. A general definition could be:

Any form of communication that is threatening, abusive or insulting to a serious degree against a group or a member of a group on the basis of a shared characteristic of that group such as religion, national origin, skin colour, race, etc.


Dog Walkers Beware!

The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Low v New Plymouth District Council has important repercussions for both dog owners and anyone who looks after dogs for others.


What is a Legal Executive?

A Legal Executive is a person who works as a trained assistant to a lawyer in a legal environment and belongs to the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. A Registered Legal Executive is one who is registered with the Institute and is a member of the Institute.


Witness Intimidation

It sounds like the plot of a bad movie. Retail assistants rat on cheapskate boss. Boss hires local gang members to pay them a visit and “suggest” they should withdraw their case. Coming soon to a cinema near you!

Except this actually happened. In real life. In 21st Century New Zealand.