You can read The Independent Review Panel discussion document here.
What is the Panel considering?
This Review is an opportunity to take a fresh look at the framework put in place by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 (the Act) and whether the current arrangements are working for consumers and lawyers. The Panel has a wide mandate and is considering several key questions, including:
- Is it appropriate for the New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa to exercise both regulatory and representative functions or should there be a new independent regulator?
- How should Te Tiriti o Waitangi be incorporated into the Act?
- Which providers of legal services should be regulated?
- Should the Act be amended to allow non-lawyers to have an ownership interest in law firms and to permit multidisciplinary practices?
- Should law practices be directly regulated in addition to individual lawyers?
- How can a positive and diverse culture within the legal profession be promoted?
- Are CPD requirements fit for purpose?
- Is a new model needed for handling complaints about lawyers?
ADLS Members are invited to have their say
ADLS encourages its Committee groups and members to get involved and share feedback on the issues and options outlined in the paper. The consultation period is open until Friday 12 August 2022. You can contribute by:
- Emailing a submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Completing a short survey on some of the key issues examined in the discussion document.
- Joining the Panel for one of three interactive webinars during July.
- Attend an in-person event around the country – further information will be made available once the events are announced.
The Review has the potential to directly impact and shape the way forward for ADLS, and all providers of legal services in New Zealand. I encourage you to have your say and get involved.
Marie Dyhrberg QC