The Law Down Under Podcast

The Law Down Under Podcast with Barrister Chris Patterson, where we give you insights into the law in New Zealand and Australia, its application and future. Each episode features a new guest who will stimulate your interest in the law and give you a greater understanding of the legal issues that help shape our justice system. We thank you for tuning in and enjoy the podcast.

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November 24 2021 Health Law

In this episode of the Law Down under Podcast, we interview Emeritus Professor Ron Paterson about his book The Good Doctor and his career in tertiary education and public service roles. We talk about what drew him to health law and a career teaching at the University of Auckland. Ron has been a lecturer and then professor at the University of Auckland for over two decades, and has done extensive research in complaint resolution, inquiries, healthcare quality and the regulation of the health profession. We then talk about his career in public services roles, particularly as Ombudsman and Health and Disability Commissioner, and what those roles taught him for the government policy advisory reviews he has been involved in and led. This is a captivating chat with one of the most qualified and experienced people in health law and policy. This is a must-listen episode for those interested in health law, particularly in the COVID 19 era. I hope you enjoy this episode with Ron Paterson.

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November 19 2021 Tech to Innovate the Law and Promote Access to Justice

In this episode of the Law Down Under Podcast, we interview barrister Steve Keall about the projects he has recently launched with the aim of making the law more accessible and efficient in New Zealand. We discuss his cost calculation website and app ‘Two Bees’ and the reasoning behind creating it. We also discuss the book he recently published, Civil Litigation for Non-Lawyers, authored by Martin Dillon, and his learnings as a civil litigation and dispute barrister that drew him to take on the project. Steve is constantly working on different projects with the aim of bettering clients’ and lawyers’ experience in accessing justice. We talk about the online CPD platform he is currently working on and what Steve sees for the future of the profession. This is a fascinating dive into the ways that people within the profession are innovating, through technology, to make justice more accessible. This is a must-listen for those interested in the role of lawyers and technology in enhancing access to justice. I hope you will enjoy the podcast.

 

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November 02 2021 Defamation Law

On today's episode of the Law Down Under Podcast, we interview Dr Matt Collins AM QC. Matt is a senior fellow at the Melbourne Law School, Queens Counsel, author and vice-president of the Australian Bar association. Dr Collins has been appearing as counsel in the appellate and trial level of many of the most significant defamation and free speech cases in Australia of the past generation. We talk about his practice at the Bar and defamation law and how it has evolved through the rise of the internet and media, and what that might mean for the future. This is a fascinating talk with Matt Collins about his amazing career practising at the Bar and appearing in several Royal Commissions. This is a must-listen episode for those interested in how defamation and free speech law are evolving Down Under. I hope you will enjoy the podcast.

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September 07 2021 Taxing the Digital Economy

In this episode of the Law Down Under Podcast, we interview Professor Craig Elliffe about his new book Taxing the Digital Economy and how international taxation is changing in the digital era.

We talk about his shift from tax partner in private practice to academia and teaching Tax Law and Policy at the University of Auckland. Craig Elliffe is skilled in International Tax, Tax Law, Trusts, and Dispute Resolution. Craig has done extensive research in tax law, particularly international tax, corporate tax and tax avoidance. We talk about the ever-changing nature of Tax Law and what this means for the future. We discuss the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project which provides the membership agreed solution to resolve the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy.

This is a fascinating look into an important part of the law that affects so many in this digital era. This is a must-listen episode for those interested in how tax law is changing and the importance of understanding international tax. I hope you enjoy this episode with Professor Craig Elliffe.

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May 27 2021 Selected Topics in Family Law

On this episode of the Law Down Under Podcast, we interview Professor Mark Henaghan about how the law of relationship property has developed and whether it is delivering its intended outcome of a fair division on separation.  We also discuss compensation for any disparity in earnings and lifestyle, law reform and the law's potential to improve access to justice.  Professor Henaghan has been at the forefront of family law research and teaching for nearly four decades. 

We talk about how the Courts, from the Family Court through to the Supreme Court of New Zealand, have interpreted and applied the law, the Law Commission's review and recommendations, as well as the practical challenges facing the parties who find themselves in need of assistance to resolve their differences.  We also discuss the role of law schools in the teaching and training of future lawyers. 

This is a captivating look into one crucial part of our law that affects anyone in a relationship and how the law plays its part in providing a means to avoid disputes and resolve disputes once they arise.  This is a must-listen episode for those interested in the role of law schools, relationship property and access to justice.  I hope you will enjoy the podcast.

 

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April 29 2021 Technology in the Courtroom

On this episode of The Law Down under Podcast, we interview District Court Judge and author Dr David Harvey about how information technology has changed how New Zealand Courtrooms now operate and technologies potential to improve access to justice. Judge Harvey has been at the forefront and coalface of technology use within Courtrooms for nearly three decades.

We talk about the key developments, the pace of change, and the arguments for better-utilising technology within our Courtrooms.  This is a fascinating look at how technology can play an essential part in attempting to solve the growing problem of justice needing to be more accessible to those who need it.  This is a must-listen episode for those interested in Courtroom information technology and access to justice.  I hope you will enjoy the podcast.

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