New Zealand Law Society - Draft guidance supporting the implementation of new rules governing lawyers’ behaviour

Draft guidance supporting the implementation of new rules governing lawyers’ behaviour

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa sought feedback on draft guidance designed to support the legal profession to comply with new rules governing the behaviour of lawyers.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Consultation has now closed on the draft guidance

The guidance was drafted to help lawyers understand their obligations under the rules, and the changes to the reporting obligations that were 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 came into force on 1 July 2021.

Consultation closed on 16 July 2021

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 get further clarification on points in the guidance?

Email rulechangesfeedback@lawsociety.org.nz

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