Bullying and harassment in the legal profession
The New Zealand Law Society is committed to targeting and eliminating the culture of bullying and harassment which exists in some parts of the legal profession.
As well as taking direct action and establishing a number of initiatives, the Law Society will provide information and practical guidance for anyone who needs assistance.
- Workplace Environment Survey report
The findings of a national survey of New Zealand lawyers conducted in April 2018 to assess workplace environments in the legal profession.
- Letter to the New Zealand legal profession from Law Society President Kathryn Beck
This letter was sent to all practising lawyers on 30 May 2018. It is also published in the June 2018 issue of LawTalk.
- Information and practical guidance
Bullying and harassment and what can be done to prevent them.
- 0800 phone line for harassment support
Talk to trained Law Society staff about sensitive matters such as workplace harassment, the options available and the support you can access.
- Law Care Podcast
In this LawPod, Nick Butcher speaks with the New Zealand Law Society’s Gabrielle O’Brien about the new 0800 phone line called Law Care.
- Law Care Poster
A downloadable poster giving contact details for the Law Care 0800 service. This can be placed on the wall in staff areas. Copies may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Report unacceptable conduct
Submit a report to the Law Society if you have grounds to suspect another lawyer has engaged in misconduct.
- Template sexual harassment policy and guidelines
Download a Word template for use by the legal profession, adapted by employment lawyer Steph Dyhrberg.
- Regulatory working group
A working group to consider what improvements can be made to enable better reporting of harassment in the legal profession.
- Working group Terms of Reference
The terms of reference of the independent working group.
- Law School Best Practice Standards
Best practice standards for a safe and appropriate culture and environment for law students employed in law firms. Agreed by the Deans of the New Zealand law schools.
Last updated on the 11th December 2018