The New Zealand Law Society has released a new title in its Practice Briefing series, Guidance for lawyers undertaking pro bono work.
The guidance is for lawyers and law firms about the structuring of pro bono service arrangements. It is also relevant for lawyers wishing to undertake private work outside their employment - such as work for friends or organisations that a lawyer may be personally associated with.
No differentiation is made between fee paying or pro bono work under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006. The Law Society says care is needed to ensure that the provision of services is compliant with the Act.
"This will ensure lawyers are able to meet their ethical and regulatory obligations and that legal consumers receive the regulatory protections provided for under the Act."