The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa is seeking feedback on draft guidance designed to support the legal profession to comply with new rules governing the behaviour of lawyers. The amended rules clarify the standards of behaviour expected of lawyers when engaging with clients, employees or any other people, with an emphasis on tackling bullying and harassment.
The guidance has been drafted to help lawyers understand their obligations under the rules, and the changes to the reporting obligations that have been introduced for prohibited behaviour, and to help protect and support those affected by this type of conduct. Changes to the Conduct and Client Care rules come into force from 1 July 2021.
The guidance is split into five sections and covers:
We would like your feedback on the draft guidance to understand if it is clear and if any further guidance may be required. Please complete the survey, or email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consultation will close on 16 July.
For a full list of frequently asked questions visit the Maintaining professional standards page.