James Farmer

Legal Commentary

America's Cup Part 3A

Last week, I expressed my concerns about the damage being done to Team New Zealand’s hard won reputation because of the coincidental request by it of the Government and/or the Auckland Council for a “hosting fee” for the holding of the next America’s Cup Event in Auckland and the revelation (by TNZ) that it had been offered over $100 million by Abu Dhabi and by Sochi in Russia (neither being noted for premium yacht racing) to shift the Event to their location.  The Mayor of Auckland was reported as saying that the request for a fee (over and above the funding of the infrastructure costs of holding the Event expected to be between $140 million and $190 million) “came out of left field” and was mentioned by Grant Dalton for the first time on 19 November. More...

America's Cup Part 3

I have twice before written a commentary on the America’s Cup.   I feel qualified to do this, having served as a director of Team New Zealand from 2004 to 2013, been a member of the Challenger Commission for the Valencia Regatta (2007), a member of the International Committee that investigated safety rules following the death of an Artemis sailor, Andrew Simpson, in San Francisco and other related activities. More...

Pro Bono Publico as an Aid to Living a Balanced Lifestyle

It is some considerable time since I have written a piece for what was referred to by senior counsel in the High Court in Wellington recently as “Jim Farmer’s blog”.  This was cited by him, in presenting the appeal by NZME and Fairfax against the Commerce Commission’s refusal to allow a merger of those companies on public benefit grounds, as being an example of the many sources (other than his clients) through which the “news” can be obtained.  If this assertion is true, then my apologies to the New Zealand public for being deprived of the news for so long. More...

Terence Arnold Retires From the Supreme Court Bench

Retirement from the Bench at the age of 70 is compulsory.  It has become customary for a retiring Judge – at least in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court – to have a final sitting which is addressed by the Attorney General (or the Solicitor General in his stead) and by the Presidents of the New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Bar Association or their representatives.  The retiring Judge then replies. More...

From Violence to Redemption

Domestic (and other) violence rightly gets a lot of press these days.  It is now identified as one of the largest social problems in New Zealand with suggestions that we are among the worst countries in the world in this respect.  The message is loud and clear: “It is not OK” is the catch cry and who could responsibly take issue with that.   More...

Drugs, Sports and Society

I have just attended the 26th annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association [ANZSLA], held this year in Wellington from 12-14 October 2016.   Around 150 lawyers, most of them from Australia but all involved with Sport, were there and an enjoyable occasion it was.   My thanks to the Attorney-General Chris Finlayson who, in opening the Conference, gave my racing yacht GEORGIA a plug as we prepare for the annual Coastal Classic race from Auckland to Russell this weekend. More...

Are Our Law Schools Churning Out Too Many Lawyers?

Let me answer this question up front.  Yes. More...

Equiticorp 20 Years On

On 12 July 1996, Justice Robert Smellie delivered Judgment in the High Court at Auckland in the case of Equiticorp Industries Group Limited (In Statutory Management) v. The Crown (since reported in summary form only because of the length of the Judgment in [1996] 3 NZLR 586).   This followed a trial which started on 21 November 1994 and which finished on 21 December 1995 after 204 sitting days but which then continued with 8 “call back” days over the next 6 months in which the Judge sought further submissions on specific points.  This was – and still is – the longest trial in New Zealand’s legal history. More...

The Year in Retrospect

Many journalists find reviewing a year that has just ended irresistible.   The temptation to point out the obvious is in reality a pointless exercise, even for the benefit of those who suffer short term memory loss.  However, the temptation is not confined to journalists and so I will make a few observations about 2015 and, apart from shortly recounting my own experiences, endeavour to identify some developments in the legal system that appear to have taken some hold. More...

A Good Year for the Farmer Legal Family

Following last month's report of older son Leo's elevation to partnership at Meredith Connell and other achievements in the Court room, younger son Hugo has just been awarded the prestigious Rex Marsh Award for the best published legal article. More...

Recent Posts

  1. America's Cup Part 3A Chris Goode 11-Dec-2017
  2. America's Cup Part 3 Chris Goode 04-Dec-2017
  3. Pro Bono Publico as an Aid to Living a Balanced Lifestyle Chris Goode 08-Nov-2017
  4. Terence Arnold Retires From the Supreme Court Bench Chris Goode 10-Apr-2017
  5. From Violence to Redemption Chris Goode 15-Mar-2017
  6. Drugs, Sports and Society Chris Goode 18-Oct-2016
  7. Are Our Law Schools Churning Out Too Many Lawyers? Chris Goode 25-Aug-2016
  8. Equiticorp 20 Years On Chris Goode 07-Jun-2016
  9. The Year in Retrospect Chris Goode 19-Jan-2016
  10. A Good Year for the Farmer Legal Family Chris Goode 30-Oct-2015
  11. Having a Balanced Life Style - Part 4 Chris Goode 21-Sep-2015
  12. A Balanced Life Style (Part 3), Prisoners' Voting Rights, Top Gun, 7000kms in a Corvette, John Maynard Keynes and Atticus Finch Chris Goode 05-Aug-2015
  13. Biographies Chris Goode 13-Apr-2015
  14. The Cost of Justice Chris Goode 13-Mar-2015
  15. The Increase in Unrepresented Litigants and Their Effect on the Judicial Process Chris Goode 11-Feb-2015
  16. Evidence - Notes of Presentation to Continuing Legal Education Seminar November 2014 Chris Goode 01-Dec-2014
  17. Corporate Governance and Directors' Liability Chris Goode 19-Aug-2014
  18. Paper Presented on 2 August 2014 at the Competition Law & Policy Institute of New Zealand 25th Annual Conference Chris Goode 05-Aug-2014
  19. Life in the Fast Lane Chris Goode 06-Jun-2014
  20. 2014 - Roaring Past Chris Goode 04-Jun-2014
  21. Commentary on Paper Delivered by Professor Andrew I Gavil at Commerce Commission Conference Chris Goode 19-Nov-2013
  22. America's Cup Wrap Up Chris Goode 04-Oct-2013
  23. Happiness, Living a Balanced Life and Legal Practice - Part II Chris Goode 15-Aug-2013
  24. America's Cup 2013 Chris Goode 01-Jul-2013
  25. Why the Rules of Evidence Matter in Civil Cases Chris Goode 12-Mar-2013
  26. The High Court in Review Chris Goode 08-Oct-2012
  27. "Criticism of Supreme Court needs to be put in context" as published in the New Zealand Herald 11 May 2012 Chris Goode 23-May-2012
  28. Recent Reform Reports Chris Goode 03-Apr-2012
  29. Happiness, Living a Balanced Life and Legal Practice Chris Goode 09-Jan-2012
  30. In Defence of the Supreme Court Chris Goode 12-Dec-2011
  31. Cross Examination Notes Chris Goode 11-Nov-2011
  32. The passing of three leaders of the Bar Chris Goode 14-Sep-2011
  33. Commentary on my commentary on Morse Chris Goode 14-Sep-2011
  34. How good is our Supreme Court? Chris Goode 08-Aug-2011

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