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Bullying, Harassment & Bias

Designing Bullying and Harassment Policies for Law Firms

Recorded November 2021
Presenters: Paul Collins and Dr John Fitzgerald

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.


New Conduct & Client Care Rules

Recorded May 2021
Presenters: Michael Hodge and Katie Rusbatch

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.


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


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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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



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