Lawyers must follow certain standards of professional behaviour. These are set out in the Rules of Conduct and Client Care for Lawyers , and came into effect with the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 .
Under these rules, you can expect that, whatever legal services your lawyer is providing, he or she must:
You may complain about a lawyer who does not meet these standards.
Lawyers must have a practising certificate issued by the NZ Law Society. You can look up the NZLS Register to find out if the person you plan to consult holds a current practising certificate.
More information about what you can expect from your lawyer is available in the NZLS website, here .