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Practising Well

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The Practising Well initiative began in 2009 after LawTalk published articles to raise awareness that lawyers appeared to suffer disproportionately from depression and stress.

The initiative evolved to include preventative measures such as the promotion of general physical health and wellbeing and the establishment of professional support mechanisms.

Since then the Law Society has continued to work on developing resources aimed at enhancing the health and wellbeing of members of New Zealand’s legal community.

Member benefits

The Law Society provides members with support and resources to assist them in enjoying a fulfilling personal and professional life so they can “practise well”.


Law Society members have access to online resources on topics such as:

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Health and wellbeing

Practising Well resources are online.

Lifeline and the Law Society

New Zealand Law Society has entered a Memorandum of Understanding with Lifeline NZ to enable Law Society members and their families to access discounted counselling through Lifeline.

Members are charged based on a normal 60 minute session, for high quality, confidential counselling with one of Lifeline NZ’s qualified counsellors.

Currently a face to face service is only available in person in the Auckland region, but face to face services will be introduced into other regions throughout 2014. Skype face to face counselling applies throughout New Zealand.

Contact Lifeline Counselling on or phone 09 909 8750 for more information.

Business mentoring

The Law Society also has a Memorandum of Understanding with Business Mentors New Zealand, an organisation that helps small to medium practice owners (businesses with up to 25 employees) develop their business potential.

For a one off registration fee, Business Mentors New Zealand offers up to two years of business mentoring free of charge. Find out more at


Last updated on the 3rd June 2015