Entries by Robert

Christmas 2017

Pohutukawa in summer bloom – The New Zealand Christmas Tree (credit: Merle Bishop) We wish you a wonderful Christmas and New Year! We are grateful for your continued support and collegiality. Your generosity and encouragement helped to ensure our past year was both stimulating and fruitful. We hope we were able to repay you in […]

New Zealand Law Society – Auckland Branch Council Elections

Thanks to all the Auckland Branch members who supported my election to the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) – Auckland Branch Council. I look forward to working with the other Council members over the coming term and the Auckland Young Lawyers Committee. The following is an interview with the NZLS Auckland Branch, as its newest […]

Elections, Shipwrecks, Seabed Mining & Genetically Modified Organisms

I have had a demanding hearing schedule since the beginning of 2016. Having recently come up for air, I thought it would be worthwhile sharing some of the highlights of the last 18 months. It is also an opportune time for me to shamelessly engage in a little electioneering, as I am standing for the […]

Christmas 2016

Pohutukawa in summer bloom – The New Zealand Christmas Tree Whether you are in the southern hemisphere’s summer or the northern hemisphere’s winter at this time of year, we wish you a wonderful Christmas! In the New Year we will be providing a news update looking at significant legal issues arising from 2016 and coming […]

International Environmental Law: The Practitioner’s Guide to the Laws of the Planet

The omnibus International Environmental Law: The Practitioner’s Guide to the Laws of the Planet was recently published by the American Bar Association. The purpose of this book is to provide practitioners with a comprehensive and practical guide to international environmental law and its implementation in twenty-six key jurisdictions spanning the globe, including New Zealand. Clients […]

Winter 2014

Winter is proving to be a rather mellow affair, at least temperature wise. I was surfing in a summer wet suit until recently, while the ski fields in the south cross their fingers for snow. However, things are always relative. It is also winter in Brazil, where I am told anywhere between 17 and 27 […]

New Appointment

Two articles regarding Robert Makgill’s appointment as an adjunct litigation instructor for The College of Law. “Recently The College of Law New Zealand has been experiencing unprecedented growth in enrolments in its Professional Legal Studies Course or ‘profs’ as it is known. A call was put out to the profession in order to recruit additional […]

Offshore Oil & Gas update

The government today announced that exploratory drilling for oil and gas will not be publicly notified. The reasons behind the government’s decision, and its implications for industry and the public, are extensively discussed in the upcoming NZLS CLE seminar on offshore Oil & Gas: exploration and development within the EEZ. Don’t miss this very topical […]

Summer 2014

I hope you had a great summer break. I spent my summer surfing, relaxing with family and steadfastly ignoring a pile of papers that various publishers probably think have been completed. Now that I am back to work this is bound to come back and haunt me. Anyway, welcome to my first news post as […]