LEAVE STRESS

Recent legislative changes in New Zealand introducing 10 days paid leave for victims of domestic violence, are likely to throw up some thorny issues on both sides of ‘The Ditch.” The innovative initiative rightly has been lauded as a welcome boon to New Zealand’s victims of domestic abuse, particularly given the high rates of home-spun [...]

October 10th, 2018|Domestic Violence, Employment Law, Family Law|

BOOM BUSINESS FOR LAWYERS

A lot of criminal and family lawyers are these days complaining that a big chunk of their practice is now being spent dealing with civil protection order applications under Queensland's Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act. It seems a conspiracy of events and consequential political and policy considerations has created a booming new niche area [...]

February 15th, 2018|Business, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Family Law|

BETWEEN MAIN AND DESSERT

“So what did you think of the Baden-Clay decision?” It was the question I’d been dreading all night. As soon as it hit the dinner table seven pairs of accusing eyes turned my way, waiting for the slightest slip-up. “Well…” A smart guy once gave me some handy advice – “worry about the deal you’re [...]

April 7th, 2016|Criminal Law, Domestic Violence|

A CALL TO ALL GOOD MEN

It’s high time for good men to stand up and do something about domestic violence. Last year domestic violence was the leading cause of death and injury in women under 45 in this country. It reportedly accounted for 40 per cent of police time, and cost the economy $13.6 billion. The Easter period alone marked the [...]

February 26th, 2015|Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Family Law|