Work of ADLS Committees recognised with a wonderful end-of-year celebration

Recently, ADLS held its annual “Thank you” evening for Committees – a chance for ADLS to show its appreciation for the work done by Committee members throughout the year.


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ADLS President Joanna Pidgeon stressed the invaluable importance of the work of the Committees to ADLS and the profession – raising issues that are encountered in practice, advocating for clients, drafting submissions, attending meetings, engaging with the courts and other organisations, writing LawNews articles that help keep other practitioners abreast of changing laws and practice, and helping educate the profession through CPD.

It has been a big year for ADLS following the election of the new government, and Ms Pidgeon noted the many formal (and informal) consultations that ADLS has been invited to participate in, and that our Committees have made no less than 16 submissions in the last Committee year. She was also proud of the strong engagement that ADLS continues to enjoy with the courts and other organisations, such as the Law Commission, NZLS, LINZ, REINZ, the Real Estate Authority, the NZLS Property Law Section, the Refugee Status Branch, universities around the country, and the Ministry of Justice.

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While it is always hard to single out a few Committee achievements to mention on such an occasion, Ms Pidgeon did wish to acknowledge the contribution of former Documents & Precedents Committee Convenor, Tim Jones, who has been convening a subcommittee revising the Agreement for Sale and Purchase of Real Estate in advance of the release of its 10th edition early next year. The Documents & Precedents Committee, now convened by Jacqueline Parker, has also been kept busy with changes to the Overseas Investment Act, and updates to forms as a result of the new Land Transfer Act.

The Criminal Law Committee (convened by Vice President, Marie Dyhrberg QC) also had a busy year with submissions on the Evidence Act, the Corrections Amendment Bill, as well as consultations on the Audio Visual Link Pilot project and the Family Violence Court.

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Ms Pidgeon also made mention of the work of Fiona Hall and the CPD team in relation to ADLS’ AML/CFT Toolkit series of seminars, which has been an excellent resource for practitioners and has received rave reviews.

Amongst other highlights for the CPD Committee and team were outstanding feedback from both the Christchurch and Auckland audience for this year’s Cradle to Grave conference, a successful half-day conference on unit titles and bodies corporate run with SCA (NZ), two fully-subscribed instalments of the Cross-Examination Workshop, the excellent “Your Legal Business” series, and “Leading Your Career” workshops being run in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

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The ADLS Newly Suited Committee has continued to go from strength to strength, hosting the annual Meet the Judiciary and Meet the QCs events, and regularly contributing articles to LawNews highlighting issues encountered by new practitioners, such as “How to deal with too much work”, “Managing difficult client relationships”, and the recent “Putting your best foot forward – etiquette at professional events.”

Ms Pidgeon also acknowledged ADLS’ collaboration with the Equal Justice Project (EJP). “Our Committees have enjoyed the participation and input of the EJP students sitting on our Committees. We greatly appreciate their contributions and look forward to them becoming members of our profession.”

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“As President, and as a Committee member myself, I would also like to thank the ADLS staff for the support they provide to each Committee member and the excellent service they provide to the larger membership,” Ms Pidgeon continued. “The ADLS events team should also be mentioned for their hard work in creating such fabulous events for the members to enjoy. As you will see in the photos, there is a real warmth and collegiality that shines through at each and every event.”

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“We are looking forward to working with you and supporting you in the year ahead.” 

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