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 practise of law in Aotearoa New Zealand and the consumers of legal services.
We are looking to appoint lawyer members for a Lawyers Standards Committee predominately based in Wellington. Meetings are generally convened through video-link and applications are welcomed from both the Wellington region and nationwide. 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. Experience in legal areas such as civil litigation, employment, company and commercial, and criminal is likely to be an advantage. 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 some preparatory work involved and meetings are usually monthly. This is a voluntary role although expenses will be reimbursed.
The 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 Kirsten Corbett, Professional Standards Officer, by email at email@example.com.
If you would like to apply please complete the expression of interest form and submit this together with your current CV to Kirsten Corbett at firstname.lastname@example.org stating “Lawyer Member Application” in the subject line.
Applications must be received by 5:00pm, 8 December 2021