Excerpt from article published at: http://www.lawsociety.org.nz
Crucial to get names right
Royal Reed is the managing director of Auckland-based Prestige Law, a multilingual law firm specialising in cross-cultural dispute resolution.
Ms Reed, who is originally from Taiwan, says it is crucial to get people’s names right.
“I have often seen judgments where the names have been put the wrong way round or mixed up, so it looks as if you are actually publishing a document about a completely different person. If this was about a wrongdoing and the names are incorrect the person who has done the wrongful action would be feeling relieved as the communication says someone else has ‘done’ the bad deed.
“When a name is put differently it doesn’t have to be a big mistake to be fundamentally different.”