Recently anointed Law Society President Jacqui Lethbridge has found herself in the unfortunate position of being the subject of publicity about ‘behaviour concerns’, just as the Law Society attempts to put bullying and harassment issues in the profession behind it.
And it is apparent that she is less than happy with a statement issued by the Law Society regarding the issue, based upon her own email regarding the matter to the Society she heads.
The Law Society issued a statement last week saying another review will be undertaken, this time about the culture in the Law Society. The review is to be undertaken by Mike Heron QC.
The statement said allegations about behaviour concerns had surfaced in the media, saying “the concerns do not relate to the behaviour of Law Society staff, the Vice-Presidents, or any former President,” thus pointing the finger at Ms Lethbridge, who has candidly admitted that she is the subject of the allegations.
She also strongly denies the allegations and said that some of the matters were raised by her and that she welcomes the Heron review of the organisation.
In her own statement, Lethbridge said that her presidency was one of fairness and transparency. Her statement said that she participated in and fully supported the Board’s decision to instigate a wide-ranging review of the NZLS’s working culture.