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A Good Year for the Farmer Legal Family

Friday, October 30, 2015

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.

From Law Talk 876 (23 October 2015)

Abortion Law Analysis Wins Award

Auckland lawyer Hugo Farmer is the winner of the Rex Mason Award for 2014.  Mr Farmer won for his article "An analysis of NZ's abortion law system and a guide to reform".

New Zealand's longest-established legal writing award, it is given for an article adjudged the best appearing in any New Zealand legal publication in each calendar year.

The prize was established in 1973 to commemorate Henry Greathead Rex Mason ( 1885 -1975), one of New Zealand's longest-serving MPs and Attorney-General and Minister of Justice in the first and second Labour governments.

The award is managed by the New Zealand Law Society's Wellington branch, and this year's judges were Justice Sir William Young (nominated by the Chief Justice), Brenda Midson (Editor of the New Zealand Law Journal) and Professor Mark Hickford (Law Dean at Victoria University).

The $1,000 prize will be presented to Mr Farmer at a ceremony on 12 November 2015.

A solicitor in Russell McVeagh's litigation department, Mr Farmer is also a graduate teaching assistant at Auckland University.

About time Jim stopped resting on his laurels.......

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