New Zealand Law Society - Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions

New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa: Mentoring Programme

The Law Society Mentoring Progamme (programme) provides for the establishment of 1:1 relationships in order to facilitate the learning and development of the mentor and mentee.

Mentoring brings value at many levels for mentees, mentors and organisations. The Law Society is keen to increase the availability of mentoring to all New Zealand lawyers and is committed to ensuring that its mentoring systems, practices, procedures and protocols are designed to achieve positive outcomes for all lawyers participating.

Trust and confidence for both parties in a mentoring relationship is particularly important.

We want to ensure that the right measures are in place to build strong, effective and safe mentoring relationships. This includes a requirement that all participants declare any issues that may impact on their suitability for the programme.

As a first step in completing your application on Mentorloop, please read the following before confirming your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of the importance of this step.

Terms and Conditions

  1. I have read the Code of Conduct for the Mentoring Programme and understand I have an obligation to consider and declare conflicts of interest and respect confidentiality as outlined in the Code of Conduct and to conduct myself professionally at all times.
  2. I confirm that I have no current upheld or open complaint or investigation by the Law Society that relates to allegations of dishonesty, violence, harassment, sexual harassment, bullying or discrimination or threatening behaviour. I understand that the programme may make inquiries and seek confirmation of the declaration I have made in order to determine whether they may affect my suitability to be a mentor or mentee.
  3. I confirm that I am not currently the subject of complaint or investigation through another professional body or in my workplace concerning my conduct that relates allegations of dishonesty, violence, harassment, sexual harassment, bullying or discrimination or threatening behaviour.
  4. I acknowledge that I have an ongoing obligation during my participation in the programme to immediately disclose the Law Society any matter which may affect my suitability including any matter that may alter my answer to this declaration.
  5. I understand and accept that the Law Society’s Chief Executive has absolute discretion in determining who can participate in the Mentoring programme.

If you are unable to confirm any of the above statements, please email and we will follow up with a phone call.

Please note that if you identify an issue it does not automatically mean that you will be excluded from participating in the programme. We will work with you to determine the most suitable course of action.

This may include confirming you can participate in the programme, postponing your participation until an outstanding issue is resolved or determining that you should not proceed as a mentor or mentee in the programme for the time being. Below is more information on how this decision is made.

Exclusion from the programme

The Chief Executive of the New Zealand Law Society may refuse to appoint a person who has applied to be a mentor or mentee and/or remove a person appointed to the programme, if she is satisfied that—

  • the person has for any reason displayed an inability to perform the functions of a mentor/mentee; or
  • the person has neglected their duties, including in particular where the person 's attendance, conduct, or performance as a mentor/mentee has not been satisfactory; or
  • the person has engaged in admitted personal or professional conduct that the Chief Executive considers may bring the Law Society into disrepute; or
  • the person has been charged or convicted of a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment and the Chief Executive considers that the charge or conviction reflects on the fitness of the person to serve on the programme; or
  • a Standards Committee or the Disciplinary Tribunal has determined that the person has been guilty of misconduct or of unsatisfactory conduct in relation to a matter that reflects on the fitness of the person to serve on the programme.

Privacy Statement

The Law Society will use data collected in the registration process for the sole purpose of the Mentoring Programme to match mentors and mentees and provide details to the other programme participants, for other administrative purposes, and to contact registrants. The registration form collects and stores information through the Mentorloop software platform privacy-policy on behalf of the Law Society. The Law Society will hold the data securely and it will only be reported on an aggregate basis. Information about the Law Society privacy and information handling policy is available.

By registering for the National Mentoring Programme, you agree we can make your personal information, including name and email address available to mentoring users to facilitate appropriate matching of mentors and mentees.

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