Law Society under fire
The Law Society says there’s a very high threshold for suspending a lawyer or striking them off the register. The society is the industry regulator but has come under fire for not censuring the partner at Russell McVeagh who resigned over inappropriate comments made while drunk. Former lawyer Olivia Wensley told Newstalk ZB the man’s resignation without censure means he can still practise law and will emerge somewhere else. Law Society acting executive director Mary Ollivier says there are times where they can apply for interim suspension but the threshold is high.