The National Friends Panel is a New Zealand Law Society service. The Panel is made up of New Zealand lawyers who are willing to be contacted on a confidential basis by fellow lawyers with questions or concerns relating to practice issues.
Solving the problems of others is an integral part of being a lawyer. If you yourself are worried by something related to your work as a lawyer, if you’re having finding it hard to balance work demands with your family or friends, or if you have concerns totally unrelated to your work, you could find it helpful to discuss things with someone who understands the pressures of life as a lawyer.
These can include:
National Friends Panel members will listen to you on a completely confidential basis. They may be able to draw on their own experience to suggest a way to approach the issues which are troubling you, or they may be able to refer you to someone else. You will definitely have someone who wants to listen and to discuss things. The Panel members are not there to judge you – and they are not going to provide you with free legal advice: the National Friends Panel is there to provide support to members of the legal profession from other members of the legal profession.
Your contact with any member of the Panel will be totally confidential. The National Friends Panel is a means of putting lawyers in touch with experienced lawyers on a one-to-one basis.
A list of all members of the National Friends Panel is maintained on my.lawsociety, the Law Society’s website for lawyers.
Because it is important to preserve confidentiality, the National Friends Panel list is located in the members-only section of my.lawsociety. You will need to login, using your Lawyer ID (as on your practising certificate) and password.
National Friends Panel contact details are published online. The information is presented as a list, with Panel members shown by Law Society branch and then in alphabetical order. Each entry provides the following details of each panelist:
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Law Society’s National Friends Panel, please complete the form which can be found at http://my.lawsociety.org.nz/in_practice/practicing_well/national_friends_panel/registration_form. The form is kept in the members-only part of my.lawsociety as we want to ensure only genuine applications are made.
Further information on the New Zealand Law Society National Friends Panel may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (04) 472 7837.
The National Friends Panel is one of the services offered in Practising Well, the New Zealand Law Society resource to provide members of the legal profession with support and resources aimed at assisting their health and wellbeing.
Download the National Friends Panel factsheet (PDF, 65.2 KB).