The Attorney-General, Hon. David Parker, announced today the appointment of ten new Queen's Counsel. NZBA President, Paul Radich QC has offered his congratulations to them for their significant achievement in reaching Silk status.
The High Court has given leave to the Bar Association to intervene in an important case where the eventual outcome will be of significance in the area of legal aid.
Fawcett v Legal Services Commissioner is currently on appeal from a decision of the Legal Aid Tribunal. At issue is whether work administering a legal aid file comes within the definition of “legal services” under the Legal Services Act 2011. This is a critical point because only the provision of legal services can be funded under the legal aid scheme.