The Rules for Conduct and Client Care have been amended and now require all lawyers practising on their own account to have effective policies and systems to prevent and protect against bullying and harassment and other categories of unacceptable behaviour.
This presentation, aimed at sole practitioners and small- to medium-sized law firms, will help ensure that you are able to create bullying and harassment policies that meet the requirements under rule 11.2 of the (amended) Rules for Conduct and Client Care.
The seminar will cover the importance of having effective health, safety, and wellbeing systems and robust policies in place, and will provide you with guidance for creating policies and practice that are tailored for your circumstances.
Changes to the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008 (RCCC) and the (Lawyer: Ongoing Legal Education Continuing Professional Development) Rules 2013 (CPD Rules) will come into force on 1 July 2021. These changes include clearer conduct and reporting obligations and allow for the introduction of a mandatory CPD component. The new rules will affect all lawyers and employees of law firms.
This live web stream recording is suitable for any lawyers dealing with employment law issues, some of the topics that will be covered include:
This Q and A webinar, hosted by the President of the Law Society, Tiana Epati, offers a unique opportunity to hear directly from six Heads of Bench, including the Chief Justice, on the impact of COVID-19 on the operation of the Courts. The Courts are deemed an essential service and enabling access to justice during pandemic has required creative and rapid problem solving across the profession. These challenges continue as the country moves into Level 3.
Justice Forrie Miller, Chair of the Judicial Steering Group, whose task is to identify critical constraints on the Courts under each Covid-19 Alert Level, discusses the challenges of staffing and social distancing and the impact of greater technological capacity on the ability of the courts to function under the restrictions.
The Chief District Court Judge Judge Taumanu discusses the significant backlog the District Court is facing and emphasises the human impact of this. His signals his intention for the Courts to undertake as much work of their usual work as possible under the Level 3 restrictions and is considering creative solutions to overcome workload issues.
Looking to the future, the Chief Justice notes that while this has been a difficult time for the profession, it has provided opportunities for innovation, to change aspects of the business as usual operating model – to take the good of the old and the new.
She notes there will be continuing challenges, in particular dealing with the backlog of cases and the human cost of this, which means the time to start developing a recovery plan is now.
Please note that this webinar is intended for the use of the legal profession and should not be passed on or circulated more widely. Anyone wishing to make use of this recording or its contents must first obtain the permission of New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa [email protected]
Recorded April 2020
Presenters: Rohan Cochrane and Gene Turner
This live web stream recording is suitable for any lawyers dealing with the remote signing and witnessing of documents, some of the topics that will be covered include:
Recorded April 2020
Presenters: Robbie Muir & Duncan Terris
This live web stream recording is suitable for lawyers dealing with property matters and will cover:
Recorded April 2020
Presenter: Julia Shallcrass
This live web stream recording is suitable for everyone in the profession and will cover:
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:
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.
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
Watch the keynote addresses by Lady Hale at the Future of Family Law and An Inspirational Career Conferences.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Recorded November 2016
Presenters: Paul Collins, David Murphy
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
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.
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: