New Zealand Law Society - Lay Member - ERS Standards Committee - Wellington

Lay Member - ERS Standards Committee - Wellington

New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa, Wellington

About the Law Society

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.

About the role

We are looking to appoint a lay member for Central Standards Committee 1, an Early Resolution Service Committee based in Wellington.

The Early Resolution Service (ERS) was established to introduce a faster and more flexible resolution process for complaints considered less serious. When a complaint goes to ERS, the parties are either invited to explore resolution by negotiation, or the Standards Committee may make a finding of no further action.

Meetings are convened in person or through video-link and applications are welcomed from the Wellington area. Lawyers Standards Committees consider and determine complaints about lawyers. Each Standards Committee is required to have at least one lay member and appointments are made by the Board of the New Zealand Law Society.

You do not need to have any pre-existing expertise or knowledge of the law but must be of good character and possess the necessary skill, experience, and judgement to make a positive contribution to the consideration of complaints and the Standards Committee’s decisions.

If successful, you will be expected to attend regular fortnightly meetings. It is expected that the lay member will also be available to fill in for our other ERS Committee from time to time. In preparation for the meetings, we will send you information to read and consider. This is a voluntary role, although you will receive a nominal meeting fee of $135.00 and your travel 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 Standards Committees represent the society the legal profession serves and encourage applications from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Please note that if you have been admitted to the Roll of Barristers and Solicitors at the High Court you will not be eligible for this role.

For further information about the role see the position description or contact Sophie Kinsella by email at

If you would like to apply please complete the expression of interest form, application form and submit this together with your current CV to Sophie Kinsella at stating “Lay Member Application” in the subject line.

Applications must be received by 5:00pm, 18 March 2021.

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