Transforming legal workplaces through

advocacy and action

About us

The Aotearoa Legal Workers’ Union was formed in February 2019 to represent workers at legal workplaces in Aotearoa. It aims to:

  • Promote inclusivity, kindness and a sense of pride in the legal profession.
  • Provide a cohesive public voice for legal workers.
  • Stop the unfair treatment of junior lawyers.
  • Promote safe and healthy workplaces for legal workers in New Zealand.
  • Advocate for marginalised groups of legal workers, including junior lawyers, women, people in the LGBTQI+ community, tangata whenua, people of colour, and disabled people.

In order to achieve those goals, ALWU will:

  • Advocates for fair treatment and accountability in the profession.
  • Collects and publishes data to promote transparency about pay and working conditions in legal workplaces.
  • Conducts campaigns to reduce the power imbalance and pay gap between employers and workers.
  • Connects legal workers with qualified support, advocacy and representation on workplace issues.

Help ALWU make legal workplaces safe, healthy and enjoyable and give a little to ALWU here or join us.

Latest updates

Employment Information Survey Report
ALWU’s 2019 Employment Information Survey Report is now available. It summarises the findings of ALWU’s survey of legal workers that generated information about salaries, bonuses, entitlements to overtime and time off in lieu, working hours and happiness at work. You can read the report here.

Minimum wage campaign

ALWU’s current campaign is on compliance with minimum wage legislation. You can follow the campaign here.

“I think formation of this union is a fantastic advance for all legal workers and for improvement of the culture of our profession. I love the concept of promoting inclusivity and kindness and the fact that, for the first time, a collective voice can be raised for those that work in the legal industry. There has been too much isolation and powerlessness for legal workers who sit at the bottom of what has traditionally been a very hierarchical culture.”

Frances Joychild QC Barrister