PRO BONO LEGAL ADVICE
I'm currently providing two types of pro bono legal advice free of charge to people throughout New Zealand.
Advice for people who signed confidentiality agreements following sexual harassment
The Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation is conducting a broad review of sexual harassment and bullying in New Zealand workplaces. The purpose of this review is gather feedback from members of the public on their experiences which will inform recommendations for improvement to reporting systems currently provided by government agencies. One of the issues the review is exploring is the use of confidentiality agreements which some employees sign following their reporting of sexual harassment to their employer.
I think it is vital that we have an understanding of people's experiences who have signed confidentiality agreements - this sort of research has never been conducted before. I am therefore willing to act on a pro bono basis for people who have signed confidentiality agreements and want to participate in this review but are unsure whether they can due to the terms of confidentiality agreement they have signed.
If you wish to participate in the review you can instruct me as your lawyer for the purposes of obtaining legal advice on whether the terms of the confidentiality agreement you signed prohibits or allows you to participate in the review. As your lawyer, the stringent rules around lawyer/client confidentiality will kick in. We can discuss your options which include you participating in the review directly or me collecting your feedback and passing it on in an anonymised form so that you don't have to disclose your identity. The Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation is seeking feedback until 31 March 2021 so please contact me before this date. My contact details are available here.
Advice for teenagers conceived from 2005 onwards with donated sperm
Under the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act, children conceived with the assistance of fertility treatment and donated sperm in a clinic can access information about the donor and any half-siblings they may have once they turn 18. However, the Act does recognise that some teenagers may wish to obtain this information earlier and enables teenagers aged 16 and 17 years old to apply to the Family Court for the release of this information.
If you are a donor conceived 16 or 17 year old and would like me to explain this process to you please feel free to contact me. If you decide to apply to the Family Court I can also represent you during this process. As your lawyer, the information you tell me is confidential and I will not disclose this to anyone without your permission, including your parent or parents. However, I do encourage you to speak to them about your views if you feel comfortable doing so or with a friend or family member you trust. They are more than welcome to accompany you to any meetings or Zoom calls with me. My contact details are available here.