Intervention Rule changes from 1 July 2015

Changes to the Intervention Rule will come into effect from 1 July 2015. From that date barristers will be able to apply to the New Zealand Law Society for approval to accept instructions directly from clients without an instructing solicitor, so long as that is not precluded by the forum or the type of work.  

The changes to the rule are the result of consultation following a requirement in the Lawyers Conduct and Client Care Rules 2008 that the Law Society review the intervention rule. 

After that consultation the Law Society's Council decided to continue intervention rule requirements in certain areas rather than complete abolition.

Rules 3.4 to 3.10 and 14.4 to 14.13 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Acts (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008 will be replaced under the new intervention rule.

Justice Minister Amy Adams has approved amendments and the implementation date of 1 July 2015. The Law Society's Council adopted the new rules on 10 April 2015 and approved an amendment to them. 

Full information can be found on the Intervention Rule webpage.