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Kate Davenport KC

Re Beddoe applications for Trusts & Trustees – Kate Davenport QC

In this recent article recent article for Trusts & Trustees, Kate takes a look at the court’s role in assisting trustees and Re Beddoe orders (where second proceedings were characterised as charges and expenses, and leave to appeal not required). She begins by explaining Re Beddoe applications in general, outlining key procedural elements and sets out in which types of cases these applications are likely to be successful and then reviews the law relating to Re Beddoe applications and applications for directions in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia – and comments on the role that judges play in assisting trustee decision-making. According to Kate, the Re Beddoe application, which takes its name from the case Re Beddoe, “is a specific type of application…

External Publications 20 Jun, 2017

Gender approach in the legal profession

Kate Davenport QC speaks about the current gender approach in the legal profession in her recent LawTalk article. Throughout her comprehensive analysis, Kate refers to the July 2016 United Kingdom Bar Standards Board’s report on Women at the Bar and to the Summary of Josh Pemberton’s report on Experiences in Retention of New Zealand Junior Lawyers. Both reports reveal the fact that, in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, being a woman has negative effects both on developing a legal career and on the retention prospects of young professionals within the legal world. It is also apparent that young women lawyers have no real senior female role models to relate to. According to Kate, this is both a consequence of…

News 9 Sep, 2016

Kate Davenport QC praises new development for gender equity

The New Zealand Bar Association is setting up a new committee to look at how to get greater gender equity in briefing practices. As part of its work it will promote the equitable briefing policy which aims to maximise choices for legal practitioners and their clients, promote the full use of the Independent Bar and optimise opportunities for practice development of all counsel. Kate Davenport QC chaired the New Zealand Bar Association Equitable Briefing Policy Committee when the policy was established 7 years ago. She says that the aim of the policy is to try and encourage those people who brief the bar to widen the briefing pool “and to make a conscious effort, when they are thinking about briefing, to think:…

News 26 Apr, 2016

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