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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Episodes

Monday Aug 08, 2022

On today’s episode of The Law Down Under podcast, we interview the Honourable Paul Heath QC, who specialises in insolvency law. Paul was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1998.  He has served as a Law Commissioner as well as a New Zealand High Court Judge for 16 years. He is currently a member of Bankside Chambers in Auckland and Singapore.  He is also an Associate at South Square in London, where he practises as an arbitrator and mediator in domestic and international disputes. We discuss Paul’s expansive career before delving into his specialist area of insolvency law, focusing particularly on cross-border insolvency. We review some of the mechanics of corporate insolvency and conclude by evaluating New Zealand’s approach to cross-border insolvency. I hope you enjoy this episode with Paul Heath QC.

Friday Jul 22, 2022

On today's episode of the Law Down Under Podcast, we interview Profs Bin Li and Tania Sourdin from the University of Newcastle Law School. Prof Li is an expert on all things law and technology, working to shed light on how new technologies are used within the justice sector and how they impact dispute resolution processes. Prof Sourdin is the Dean and Head of Law School, and has had an extensive career focusing on justice, litigation, conflict avoidance and dispute resolution. In this episode, we discuss how these interests were sparked and the sort of technology that is being introduced into the justice sector. We take a look at justice apps and what they really offer for the legal industry, for self-represented litigants and legal education, as well as what their limitations may be. Finally, we discuss where Profs Li and Sourdin see the future of digital technology use in the justice sector going. This is an unmissable episode for all those interested in the role technology plays in the justice system. I hope you enjoy this episode with Profs Bin Li and Tania Sourdin.

Friday Jul 15, 2022

In today’s episode of The Law Down Under Podcast, we interview Dr Lucas Lixinski, a Professor at the Faculty of Law and Justice at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Lucas is a highly qualified international law expert, focusing his work on international cultural heritage law and international human rights law. In this episode, we discuss the role of cultural heritage law in protecting cultural identity in times of transition. We discuss some international organisations which exist to protect and promote cultural heritage. Lucas has recently published book “Legalised Identities” which comprehensively covers this area of law and contains several outtakes that are relevant to both the Australian and New Zealand contexts. We discuss the ANZAC corpses as heritage and events like the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior and the importance of underwater heritage. We end the podcast by discussing the idea of cultural heritage as pragmatism. This is must listen to episode for anyone interested in international cultural heritage law and its application here Down Under. I hope you enjoy this episode with Dr Lucas Lixinski.

Friday Jul 08, 2022

On today’s episode of The Law Down Under Podcast, we interview Professor Megan Davis. Professor Davis is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and is a renowned constitutional lawyer and public law expert. She works nationally and internationally as an advocate for indigenous rights. As the five year anniversary of The Uluru Statement of the Heart approaches, we discuss the significance of the statement, as well as Megan’s substantial involvement as the person to give the first public reading. We also discuss the relevance and implications of the High Court’s decision in Mabo. This is a must-listen episode to hear from an expert in this area of the law and on what Australia’s constitutional reforms may include. I hope you enjoy this episode with Professor Megan Davis.  

Friday Jun 17, 2022

On today’s episode of The Law Down Under Podcast, we interview a Law of the Sea (including Human Rights at Sea) expert, Dr Natalie Klein. Dr Klein is a professor at UNSW, Sydney, where she teaches and researches in areas of international law, in particular the law of the sea and international dispute settlement. We discuss what drew Natalie to this area of the law, as well as what the law of the sea generally encompasses and its impact on Australia and New Zealand. Further discussed is maritime security, including the most pressing threats, law enforcement and options for legal reform.  Natalie provides insight into the area of Human Rights at Sea and the possible impact of the Geneva Declaration for Human Rights at Sea which is currently undergoing public consultation.  We also discuss the law of sharks which is the topic of a book she co-authored. This is an unmissable episode for all those interested in the law of the sea. I hope you enjoy this episode with Dr Natalie Klein.

Monday May 30, 2022

On today’s episode of The Law Down Under Podcast, we interview Adrian Corbould, a a partner and accredited specialist in contested wills and estates, heading the team at Turnbull Hill Lawyers in New South Wales. Adrian has a plethora of experience in Will Disputes, Contested Wills, Challenged Wills, Family Provision Claims and Inheritance Disputes in New South Wales. He is also the host of the successful video series ‘Battle of the Wills’. This episode discusses Adrian's career development, from serving in the Army to having primary carriage in one of the most frequently cited cases involving adult child claimants in estate disputes. Further discussed is Adrian’s video series ‘Battle of the Wills’, in particular, what drove Adrian to host this series, what he has learnt from it and what its future may be. We also discuss the key recommendations from the New Zealand Law Commission’s report on succession law and its recommendation that a new Act titled:  Inheritance (Claims Against Estates) Act be introduced in New Zealand to replace the existing suite of legislation that govern succession law in New Zealand.  This is a must-listen episode for those interested in hearing from a leading Wills and Estates litigation lawyer in New South Wales. I hope you enjoy this episode with Adrian Corbould.

Monday May 30, 2022

On today’s episode of The Law Down Under Podcast, we interview Vicki Ammundsen, the director of Vicki Ammundsen Trust Law and an expert in trust and estate law. Vicki is a highly-regarded conference and webinar presenter with extensive experience in the creation and management of client trusts. She has published numerous books and created the blog ‘Matters of Trust’. This episode discusses many of the aspects of Trusts and the issues arising from them. Further discussed is the role of trusts in modern family and business management and Vicki’s thoughts on the future of trust law in New Zealand. This is a must-listen episode for those interested in trust and estate law. I hope you enjoy this episode with Vicki Ammundsen. 

Monday May 16, 2022

On today’s episode of The Law Down Under Podcast, we interview commercial mediator Mark Kelly. Mark is highly-regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading commercial mediators. Resolving commercial disputes through the court system can be time-consuming, expensive, complex and uncertain.  Mediation offers an alternative platform to obtaining a resolution rather than one that is handed to the parties by a Judge or an arbitrator. In this episode, we talk with Mark about what exactly mediation is, why he transitioned from counsel to becoming a mediator, as well as some of the more technical aspects of mediation and negotiation generally. I hope you enjoy this episode with Mark Kelly. 

Sunday Feb 13, 2022

On today's episode of the Law Down Under Podcast, we interview Emma Priest. Emma Priest is an experienced criminal defence lawyer. We talk about Emma’s early career in private practice and as a Crown Prosecutor. As a Crown Prosecutor, Emma conducted hundreds of indictable prosecutions including appearing as Counsel in over 50 jury trials, prosecuting some of the most high profile drug, sexual and violent crime. After 11 years Emma moved to the defence; starting at the Public Defence Service and then joining the independent criminal bar 7 years ago. On today’s podcast we talk about, the project Emma co-founded ‘The Good Lawyer’, burnout and stress for criminal lawyers including due to COVID, legal aid, training of young lawyers and the lessons Emma has learnt during her 20 years in the law. This is a must-listen episode for those interested to hear from one of New Zealand’s most tenacious criminal defence advocates. I hope you enjoy this episode with Emma Priest.

Friday Jan 28, 2022

On this episode of the Podcast, we interview Queens Counsel and Author Clive Elliott.  We discuss Clive’s legal career, interest in art and his new book The Power of Wellbeing.  Clive provides an insight into first home of South Africa and becoming a New Zealander, his career as an IP specialist, contribution to the independent bar, passion for the arts and what inspired his new book.  We discuss the key themes of his book.  In particular, our underlying social contract requires rewriting and how General Wellbeing should form the basis of a new paradigm.  We discuss Clive’s thoughts on what we can learn from the Covid-19 pandemic, what objectives should be set for society, building a fair and equitable society, wellbeing in action and practical advice for living better.

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