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  • To Zoom or not to Zoom

    Faced with a 10 week High Court trial beginning on 8 June 2020, our client had to make a difficult call. We were in level four Covid-19 lockdown. Our client wanted to mediate. However, lockdown restrictions meant that we could not mediate in person. To go ahead we would need to mediate by Zoom. More…

  • To settle or not to settle

    Soggy school books and bad behaviour has led to a double win for the Ministry of Education. A leaking high school in Botany, Auckland was the subject of lengthy trial in 2018 between the Ministry of Education and the builder Hawkins (more properly known as H Construction North Island Limited, which is now in liquidation).…

  • Are you a difficult person?

    Beware – difficult people pop up everywhere. As litigators, we can spot them.  The difficult person responds to a straightforward insurance issue with a lengthy email referencing the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta and other irrelevant material with lots of underlining, capital letters and exclamation marks.  They are not focused on the solution.  They…

  • All Blacks leadership guru Gilbert Enoka tours NZ with Rice Speir

    Rice Speir had the privilege of presenting Gilbert Enoka at North Island and South Island functions for our clients to celebrate dealing with adversity and mental resilience. Enoka is the All Blacks’ leadership manager.  He has a long history of success as a mental skills coach with New Zealand’s corporate and sporting elite and is internationally…

  • Can’t See the Wood for the Trees

    Queenstown Lakes District Council was found to not be liable for damage to motel units caused by a falling tree, which was on council land. The District Court concluded that the council did owe a duty of care to undertake inspection and maintenance of the trees on the council’s reserve, but had not breached its…

  • Independent review of the April 2017 Edgecumbe flood

    On 6 April 2017, the Rangitāiki River breached a stopbank at College Road, Edgecumbe resulting in the flooding of much of the township. Around 15 houses were rendered permanently uninhabitable, and more than 250 other homes had to be evacuated to allow for the required repairs. On 10 April 2017, the Bay of Plenty Regional…