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Lawyer member for Lawyers Standards Committee - Hamilton

22 May 2020

About the Law Society
The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa (NZLS) 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 public, the profession and the law of Aotearoa New Zealand.

About the role
We are looking to appoint lawyer members for a Lawyers Standards Committee based in Hamilton. Meetings will be convened through video-link and applications are welcomed from practitioners practising in Waikato and the Bay of Plenty. 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.

Experience in dealing with unacceptable conduct in the workplace, either directly, or through the delivery of support or guidance, is likely to be an advantage.

There is some 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. Applications from candidates who are fluent in a second language are welcomed.

For further information about the role see the position description or contact Yvonne Szczuryk at the Lawyers Complaints Service on 07 838 0264 or by email at yvonne.szczuryk@lawsociety.org.nz .

If you would like to apply please complete the expression of interest form, application form and submit this together with your current CV to:

Yvonne Szczuryk
New Zealand Law Society
DX GP20007
PO Box 180
Hamilton 3240

Or email to: Yvonne Szczuryk at yvonne.szczuryk@lawsociety.org.nz stating “Lawyer Member Application” in the subject line.

Applications must be received by 5:00pm, 5 June 2020.

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Last updated on the 22nd May 2020