New Zealand Law Society - Draft guidance supporting the implementation of new rules governing lawyers’ behaviour

Draft guidance supporting the implementation of new rules governing lawyers’ behaviour

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa is seeking feedback on draft guidance designed to support the legal profession to comply with new rules governing the behaviour of lawyers.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.

Consultation is now open on draft guidance

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:

  • reporting misconduct and unsatisfactory conduct
  • the clear expectations on law practices to have policies and systems to prevent and protect employees and other people it engages with from bullying, discrimination, harassment or violence, and a designated lawyer to report to the Law Society about this conduct
  • support for people affected by bullying, discrimination, harassment or violence
  • what to do if you are the subject of a report or complaint
  • terminating instructions in the event of bullying, discrimination, harassment or violence by a client

We would like your feedback on the draft guidance to understand if it is clear and if any further guidance may be required.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 ruleschangesfeedback@lawsociety.org.nz.

Consultation will close on 16 July.

Questions

Where can I find more information about the guidance?

For a full list of frequently asked questions visit the Maintaining professional standards page.

Where do I find the new rules?

On the legislation.govt.nz website.

How do I provide feedback?

Please complete the survey, or email your feedback to ruleschangesfeedback@lawsociety.org.nz.

How do I get further clarification on points in the guidance?

Email ruleschangesfeedback@lawsociety.org.nz.

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