On 26 June, at the invitation of ANZ Bank Catherine presented to a group of 40 lawyers and accountants from NZ Law and NZ Chartered Accountants (NZCA) during their Combined Offshore Conference 2019. NZ Law and NZCA are associations of independent law and accounting firms with 55 and 30 members respectively across New Zealand.Read More
It was a tremendous privilege to be selected as a Judge again in 2019 for Asian Legal Business 15th Annual Japan Law Awards held on June 13th 2019. These prestigious awards pays tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams in Japan and around the region. I was representing The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Legal Services Committee and of course, Catherine O'Connell LawRead More
The Canterbury Westland District Law Society (New Zealand) republished an article about me “Catherine O’Connell Christchurch Lawyer in Japan” in the June 2019 issue of Canterbury Tales.
You can view the article here (Page 5 & 6)
Lovely to be featured in and article from Asia New Zealand Foundation's Media Centre in an article titled “The Kiwi lawyer leading the way in Japan’s legal profession.” - The Asia New Zealand Foundation is NZ’s leading authority on Asia.
It was a pleasure to be interviewed by Tao Lin, a journalist based here in Tokyo.Read More
Having to negotiate and formalize a contract is great news for a business. What it means is, you’re in business! But it also means you’ve come to a place where your choices and actions have real consequences down the track for how you grow, on-sell and wind-up your business.Read More
Q: What events trigger a contract amendment?
When the daily operations of business with your business counterparty deviates from what you originally agreed to with them in the contract, I recommend that you think about amending your contract to reflect the actual practice. An example is where you extend the term of the contract (say, from 1 year to 3 years) where, due to wishing to continue the good working relationship or if the project has extended beyond term.Read More
Japan Times featured me in their “UPDATES” column on November 19, 2018. I was asked the following questions. Click through to read more.Read More
My first law article in Japanese appears in the January 2019 issue of Business Legal Magazine (Bijinesu Houmuビジネス法務Vol 19 No 1). Published on November 21, 2018, my contribution is one of several articles for Business Legal Magazine’s annual “English Contracts” feature edition.Read More
Ending a relationship with a customer or client is never easy, but things can go a whole lot smoother if you give consideration to “break up” clauses in your contracts at the start of your business relationship - much like a “pre-nup” for business partnersRead More
Maybe it’s your first time to hire a lawyer ever, let alone that being the case in Japan. How do you go about it, what should you ask for, and what can you expect to receive from the lawyer you hire? Here are 5 Basic tips to help you when hiring your lawyer in JapanRead More
Getting a super suite of documents in place and taking time to think about the various elements in each document sets the right foundation for your businessRead More
I featured in the Asia Law Business Journal in July 2018Read More
A smart-looking agreement refects what the customer experience is like working with you and contracts are an extension of your brand into the marketplace.Read More
Speaking to people curious about working in the legal services industry in Japan is a passion of mine.Read More