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Flexible Working for Law Firms

Recorded November 2017

Flexible working is one of the most effective ways to increase diversity and productivity within legal practice. Alternative options to fulltime work are becoming more popular, and while there are many benefits, these arrangements often create challenges that need to be addressed.

This recording will provide practical guidance on how to create flexible working arrangements to engage a productive workforce as well as how to manage key challenges that are likely to emerge. Join us for practical solutions to challenges around flexible work including:

  • The types of flexible work in legal practice
  • Benefits of flexible work for legal practice
  • How to create flexible working arrangements
  • Employer’s legal obligations around flexible work
  • When do you have to agree to flexible work?
  • What are the challenges for legal services around flexible work?
  • How do you overcome these challenges?

What Happens Behind Closed Doors: the workings of the Standards Committee

Recorded October 2019

A mockumentary in the genre of “What we do in the Shadows” featuring a hypothetical standards committee would make a great TV show. This presentation will not be comedic, nor will it feature vampires, but what it will do is give you a better understanding of how Standards Committees work from the inside.  

All the presenters are past or present lay, legal, and administrative members of Standards Committees. They will show you what they deal with each month. They will share candid reflections and insights into the complaint process, how it evolves from incident complained about, to the first consideration of it, the investigation that may follow, and ultimately to a Committee decision. The session will highlight the different ways many lawyers deal with being complained about: both the good, and the bad.


Tiana Epati - President, New Zealand Law Society

Recorded September 2018

Tiana was one of a diverse group of speakers at the Inspirational Career Conference held on 21 September 2018, at the Cordis Hotel, Auckland. Inspirational women were asked to speak on the meaning of success in their lives and to offer the best career advice by sharing their life’s experiences.

Listen to Tiana's story

Lady Hale - Keynote Addresses

Recorded September 2018

Watch the keynote addresses by Lady Hale at the Future of Family Law and An Inspirational Career Conferences.

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Preventing and Dealing with Harassment and Bullying

Recorded April 2018

Employees have a right to a safe and healthy workplace which fosters a culture of professionalism. This recording looks at harassment and bullying, and workplace obligations. It will identify and discuss environmental red flags – the work hard, play hard mentality, power imbalances, and what should ring alarm bells.

It discusses the steps you can take, and tools that can be used to address these issues and minimise risk. It provides guidance for dealing with complaints, the investigation process, and the difficulties and sensitivities of dealing with sexual harassment claims, together with the importance of not being a bystander. It also looks at outcomes and pastoral care.


  • Steph Dyhrberg, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law, Wellington
  • Susan Hornsby-Geluk, Dundas Street Employment Lawyers, Wellington
  • Hamish Kynaston, Buddle Findlay, Wellington


DIA AML/CFT National Roadshow

Recorded April 2018

  • Carolyn Cody - Training, Liaison and Compliance Manager, Financial Intelligence Unit
  • Jamie Lynch - Senior Compliance Officer, AML/CFT Team, Regulatory Services, Department of Internal Affairs
  • Mike Stone - Manager, AML/CFT Team, Regulatory Services, Department of Internal Affairs

Lawyers and conveyancers will be covered under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 from 1 July 2018 onwards.

All lawyers and conveyancers are keen to learn more about how the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act will affect them.

This recording will help you determine whether activities you carry out are covered by the Act and what you need to do to be ready for 1 July and beyond.

As the regulator, the Department of Internal Affairs is running a series of in-person workshops throughout out March 2018 –  his recording covers the same content online for those who could not make it to a workshop.

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Recorded November 2017

Presenter: Kate Reid - Department of Internal Affairs 

Phase II of the AML/CFT Act extends the regime (in stages over two years) to include lawyers and conveyancers, accountants, real estate agents and high-value dealers. Lawyers and conveyancers are the first to be covered by the new provisions, and must be compliant with their AML/CFT Act obligations by 1 July 2018. The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) will be the supervisor.


Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Recorded February 2017 

Unconscious bias impacts every aspect of our lives, including the approach we take to and the decisions we make in the workplace. Studies show people can be consciously committed to egalitarianism, and deliberately work to behave without prejudice, yet still possess hidden preferences, prejudices and/or stereotypes.

Presenter: Carol Brown, CEO - Diversitas

CPD Reflective Practice

Recorded February 2017

The CPD Rules recognise that lawyers know their learning needs and will act to meet them. The Rules require lawyers to take responsibility for developing and maintaining a CPD plan. This includes undertaking, recording, documenting and reflecting on a minimum of 10 hours of activities each CPD year.

Presenters: Professor Neil Gold, Christine Grice


Practising on Own Account

Recorded November 2016

Are you considering Practising on Own Account, either alone or in partnership, in an incorporated practice or simply returning to NZ and considering your options but unsure of the process or if you meet the criteria?

Presenters: Paul Collins, David Murphy

Building Electronic Casebooks 

Recorded August 2016
The Court of Appeal is leading the move to electronic records and it is anticipated that a similar approach will be adopted by all the higher courts over time – in both the criminal and civil jurisdictions. 

Presenters: The Hon Justice Forrie Miller, Maryanne McKennie, Bronwyn McKinlay

Taking your research skills to the next level

Recorded May 2016
Securing the best results from your research is dependent on understanding the key steps to effective research. The goal is always to achieve better, faster and cheaper results. However, statistically most researchers fall short.

Researchers with over 25 years’ experience share their knowledge to help you take your research skills to the next level.

Presenters: Robin Anderson, NZLS Librarian, Wellington & Julia de Friez, NZLS Librarian, Christchurch

Women in the Law - career by design

Recorded April 2016
NZLS CLE Ltd is proud to support gender diversity in the legal profession.  We are delighted to showcase a full set of videos recorded at the extremely well received 2016 Conference – Women in the Law – Career by Design, chaired by Cathy Quinn.

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Unconscious Bias – how it affects women and men

Recorded October 2014
Mary Cranston, Retired Senior Partner and immediate past chair of US based multinational law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.  As the first woman to lead a Global 100 law firm and voted one of “the most 100 most influential lawyers in America” Mary has become a pioneer and champion of gender diversity in the workplace.
In this one-hour presentation Mary offers an exploration on the topic of unconscious bias.  She discusses:

  • her internal journey to become a leader – dealing with unconscious bias – her own as well as others’
  • gender stereotyping and cultural norms for women and men
  • what works for women in liberating them from unconscious bias.
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