New Zealand Law Society - Lawyer member for Lawyers Standards Committee - Otago

Lawyer member for Lawyers Standards Committee - Otago

New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa, Otago Branch

About the Law Society
The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa is the professional body for barristers and solicitors in New Zealand. The Law Society regulates all lawyers practising in New Zealand and is the membership organisation for practising lawyers. With 13 branch offices throughout the country, the Law Society is the Kaitiaki (guardian) of the practice of law in Aotearoa New Zealand and the consumers of legal services.

About the role
We are looking to appoint a lawyer member for a Lawyers Standards Committee from the Otago area.

Meetings are convened in person and applications are welcomed from practitioners practising in the Otago area. Lawyers Standards Committees consider and determine complaints about lawyers. Part 7 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 sets out the requirements for complaints and discipline, and sections 126 to 189 govern the functions, duties and powers of Standards Committees.

To be eligible for appointment as a lawyer member on a Standards Committee a person must have practised as a lawyer for a period or periods aggregating at least five years. Appointments are made by the Board of the New Zealand Law Society. Candidates must also be of good character and possess the skill, experience and judgement needed to deal with complaints and make appropriate decisions. 

There is preparatory work involved and meetings are usually monthly. This is a voluntary role although expenses will be reimbursed.

The New Zealand Law Society is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion and to recognising the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. We wish to ensure that Lawyers Standards Committees represent the society that the legal profession serves and encourage applications from a diverse range of backgrounds.

For further information about the role see the position description or contact Faith Campbell, Team Leader Southern at
If you would like to apply please complete the expression of interest form and submit this together with your current CV to stating “Lawyer Member Application” in the subject line.

Or send to:

Faith Campbell
New Zealand Law Society
Otago Branch
P O Box 565
Christchurch 8140
DX WX10074

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday 8 December 2023.

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