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Practising fee to rise by $100 for 2021/22 year

The amount paid by lawyers to practise in New Zealand is increasing by $100 for the 2021/22 year to $1140.

Appeal lodged seeking longer suspension

A Standards Committee has lodged an appeal seeking a longer period of suspension following the decision by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Tribunal to suspend lawyer John Paul Timothy Schlooz for four months. The Standards Committee filed misconduct charges in the Tribunal relating to abusive emails he sent to a litigant…
Law Society appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Law Society appoints new Chief Executive Officer

After a thorough recruitment process where candidates were considered from around New Zealand and internationally, Joanna Simon has been appointed the new Chief Executive for the New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa.

Law Society’s Annual Report published

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has published its Annual Report for the financial year 2019/20.

Lawyer censured for breaches of the Trust Account Regulations

A Standards Committee has determined that a lawyer’s breaches of the Trust Account Regulations (TA Regulations) were sufficiently serious to warrant a finding of unsatisfactory conduct.

Unwelcome personal comments to colleagues deemed unsatisfactory conduct

A Standards Committee has found there was unsatisfactory conduct by a lawyer, L, for conduct amounting to sexual harassment.
Consultation now open on draft Terms of Reference for Independent Review of the statutory framework for legal services

Consultation now open on draft Terms of Reference for Independent Review of the statutory framework for legal services

Help shape the future of the legal profession by providing feedback on what will be considered in the Independent Review.

Standards Committee appeals Tribunal decision

An appeal of the decision by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Tribunal not to allow hearsay evidence has been lodged by the Standards Committee that first considered the case.  The Standards Committee has decided to lodge an appeal following the Tribunal’s publication of its reasons for not allowing hearsay evidence…
New rules governing lawyers’ behaviour from 1 July

New rules governing lawyers’ behaviour from 1 July

New rules governing the behaviour of lawyers, with an emphasis on tackling bullying and harassment, will come into force from 1 July.

Decision on admissibility of hearsay evidence

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal (administered by the Ministry of Justice) has published its decision not to allow hearsay evidence in the case of a practitioner charged with eight charges of misconduct or (alternatively) unsatisfactory conduct. There is more information about the co-regulatory environment that we operate in on…
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