In-house lawyers might like to consider including in their employment contracts a provision that recognises they are officers of the court and that these duties override their duties to their client organisation. With that in mind, Kensington Swan employment law partner, Anthony Drake, has drafted the following provision:
The calibre of in-house lawyers nominated for the CLANZ awards continues to astound the judges – with this year’s winners outstanding members of the profession.
The CLANZ AGM was held during the 26th annual conference Agents of Influence in Napier last week, at the AGM changes were made to the CLANZ committee.
New committee members include: Sally McKechnie, Katie Elkin, Katie O’Sullivan, and Rachel Cunningham. The full committee, and positions are listed below.
Privacy is a topic that can no longer be ignored: in the digital age, personal data presents both exciting opportunities as well as significant risks for organisations.
The level of in-house lawyer social media knowledge is varied with a wide variation of social media knowledge and an appetite for external lawyers to provide more information about the platform.
Registrations are filling fast for what promises to be the best CLANZ conference yet – Agents of Influence to be held at the Napier War Memorial Convention Centre on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May. The programme promises to deliver valuable intelligence to help you be the best in-house lawyer you can be and to use your influence wisely.
An except from the CLANZ – Bell Gully Essential Guide on legal privilege for in-house lawyers is available here. CLANZ premium members have online access to the entire Essential Guide, which provides tailored guidance for in-house lawyers.
Each year CLANZ presents four generous award prizes at its annual conference, thanks to the support of its award sponsors.
Nominations are now open in each category and CLANZ encourages all organisations and law firms to think about nominating the in-house lawyers they work with. The three personal awards come with training and development funds or resources worth $5,000 each and the community award gains $7,000 for the community organisation.
AUT Law School invites CLANZ members to a public lecture by Lord Phillips of Worth Matraver on The Impact of Human Rights on Domestic Courts as part of the 2013 New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow Programme.
It is essential that all in-house counsel hold current practising certificates to help ensure that their internal communications relating to legal advice are protected by legal adviser privilege. However, the mere fact of holding a practising certificate does not mean that all communications involving that person will be protected by privilege.