NZ's law firms to take part in survey after sexual misconduct scandal

The legal industry has been rocked by a sexual misconduct scandal.
The legal industry has been rocked by a sexual misconduct scandal. Photo credit: Getty

After the industry was rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct, lawyers across the country will now have the opportunity to tell all in a national survey.

The New Zealand Law Society has commissioned the survey from Colmar Brunton, which will be sent to more than 13,000 practising lawyers on April 6.

The 'Workplace Environment Survey' will ask those in the legal profession about sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace.

Lawyers will also have the opportunity to answer questions on their levels of stress and wellbeing at work. All survey responses will be confidential.

The legal profession has been rocked in recent weeks by accusations of sexual misconduct. An external review into top firm Russell McVeagh is now underway after incidents of sexual harassment surfaced earlier in the year. 

Law Society general manager representative Glenda Macdonald says the survey will help with efforts to make legal workplaces safer for everyone.

"We are determined to tackle the workplace culture problems and help the profession make lasting changes," she explained.

"It is important to build as comprehensive a picture of the situation as possible and we believe this survey will become an important baseline against which we can measure future progress."