Lawyer Terms and Conditions

The Lawyer Terms and Conditions were last updated on 28 February, 2018.

Kia ora and welcome to Consensus, New Zealand’s trusted community marketplace for legal services. These terms and conditions apply to you if you are a provider of legal services via Consensus.

Please note capitalised terms in these Lawyer T&Cs are defined at clause 30 below.

  1. Acceptance: If you Register a Profile, you accept these Lawyer T&Cs. They are the terms on which Consensus New Zealand Limited offers you access to, and use of, the Website (in addition to the Website T&Cs, the Privacy Policy and any other terms and conditions notified to you).
  2. How It Works: We help to facilitate your supply of Services to Clients via the Website, by allowing you access to Jobs that align with your expertise and to submit Proposals in relation to those Jobs. When a Client Accepts a Proposal you submit via Consensus, a contract for Services is formed between you and that Client. That contract will include your (or your Firm’s) Terms of Engagement, which the Client may review prior to Accepting your Proposal and which the Client will receive a copy of when they Accept your Proposal. We do not:
    1. provide Services to Clients or anyone else;
    2. participate in any way in contracts for Services entered into between you and Clients; or
    3. act as your agent or any Client’s agent.
  3. Eligibility: You may only Register as a Lawyer if you:
    1. hold a current Practising Certificate as a barrister or barrister and solicitor;
    2. are located in New Zealand; and
    3. can form a legally binding contract for Services with a Client which is enforceable by the parties to it,
    4. and, when you Register:

    5. you warrant the above matters to us; and
    6. you will provide to us a digital copy of your current Practising Certificate, which we will securely store.
    You may only continue to be Registered if you have provided to us a digital copy of a current Practising Certificate via Consensus. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you have a current Practising Certificate. If your existing Practising Certificate has expired and you have not provided us with your new one, we may suspend your Registration in our sole discretion.
  4. Charges: Consensus will charge you Registration Fees and Admin Fees for your Registration and use of Consensus. Registration Fees and Admin Fees are calculated and payable as follows:
    1. Registration Fees will be $99 (plus GST), payable monthly in advance by you to Consensus by online credit or debit card payment; and
    2. Admin Fees will be the amount which is equivalent to:
      1. 5% of the Legal Fee payable by a Client to you for a Completed or Cancelled Job (plus GST); plus
      2. 5% of the Disbursements payable by a Client to you for a Completed or Cancelled Job (plus GST),
      payable immediately on Acceptance of your Proposal.
    Before submitting a Proposal, you should review these Lawyer T&Cs to ensure you are aware of the Admin Fee you will incur. In the event that Consensus launches a new product or service, the fees for that product or service are effective at the launch of the product or service, unless otherwise stated. Payment will be made by online credit or debit card payment.
  5. General Lawyer Rules:
    1. Website T&Cs: You will comply with the Website T&Cs at all times.
    2. Rules: You will comply with the Conduct and Client Care Rules at all times.
    3. Good Faith: All Proposals submitted and communications made via Consensus will be submitted/made in good faith.
    4. Lawyer Responsibility: You are responsible for any actions taken through your Registration. Your Registration is not transferable and cannot be sold, leased, lent or traded without our express written consent.
    5. Personal Information: You agree to:
      1. your full name, contact details, qualifications and any other details about yourself or your practice that you add to your Profile from time to time being made available by us to Clients;
      2. information about you that you provide to us being profiled on other pages of the Website (including the home page) from time to time; and
      3. information about you, including your username, being made available to the New Zealand Law Society and any other relevant authorities.
    6. Jobs Confidential: You will not disclose to anyone the nature or content of any Jobs you review, except to any Associated Clients named in a Job in relation to which your Proposal is Accepted, and you must continue to the nature or content of any Jobs you review confidential including after your registration as a Lawyer is cancelled or terminated.
    7. Uploads: You must not upload anything to the Website which is illegal, offensive, stolen, or unsafe, or anything which infringes copyright or other intellectual property. Proposals you submit must not include URLs to any sites other than your Firm’s site or your professional LinkedIn page. Subject to our Privacy Policy, you agree that we may disclose your personal information to the relevant authorities, parties and/or the applicable intellectual property right holders (or their representatives) if we consider that you are in breach of this clause at any time.
    8. Unauthorised Access Prohibited: You may not use any unauthorised means (including automated methods) to access the Website or any of its content for any purpose.
    9. No Damage: You must not damage, interfere with or harm the Website, or any network or system underlying or connected to the Website, or attempt to do so.
    10. Exclusivity and Reporting: You must not amend or extend a contract for Services with a Client outside of Consensus, or otherwise seek to avoid liability for, or payment of, Admin Fees. Attempts by you to avoid the payment of Admin Fees may result in us suspending or terminating your Registration in accordance with clauses 13 or 14 (as applicable) at our sole discretion. If a Client attempts to amend or extend a contract for Services with you outside of Consensus, you will direct them to submit the request for amendment or extension via Consensus.
    11. Services: You must not use the Website to promote services other than the Services you are qualified to provide in accordance with the Conduct and Client Care Rules. You will be required to specify what these Services are when you Register. If you wish to change the nature of the Services you provide at any time, you must confirm to us that you are suitably qualified in accordance with the Conduct and Client Care Rules to provide those Services to Clients.
    12. Conflicts: By confirming that you and your Firm are not conflicted before gaining access to a Job, you warrant and represent to us, and to the relevant Client and any Associated Clients (if applicable), that you have (or your Firm has) conducted the appropriate Conflict Check(s) and that no conflicting interests or duties exist in relation to you or your Firm that would affect your or your Firm’s ability to act for the relevant Client and any Associated Clients (if applicable) or against any Involved Parties in relation to the Job. If you identify that you are conflicted, but you wish to request the informed consent of the Client, Associated Clients and/or Involved Parties (if applicable) to act before submitting a Proposal in relation to the relevant Job, you must:
      1. confirm the conflict via Consensus; and
      2. provide details of the nature of the conflict and the reasons why you consider it is appropriate for you to act to the Client, Associated Clients and/or Involved Parties.
      The Client, as well as any Associated Clients or Involved Parties, may then provide their consent to you acting and, once this consent has been received, you will be provided with access to the Job and may submit a Proposal thereafter.
    13. Proposals: Unless otherwise authorised by us first in writing, you may only access Jobs or submit Proposals which relate to the Services you are qualified to provide. Subject to the following clauses and the limitations of the Website’s functionality, how you respond to each Job you review is entirely up to you:
      1. Proposals, including Legal Fees and Disbursements, must be determined and submitted in accordance with your duties and obligations under the Conduct and Client Care Rules;
      2. you may not cancel, retract or otherwise rescind a Proposal once it has been submitted otherwise than in accordance with the Conduct and Client Care Rules; and
      3. you must only submit a Proposal if you intend to:
        1. enter into a contract for Services with the relevant Client (and Associated Clients, if any);
        2. provide the relevant Services you describe in your Proposal for the Legal Fee and Disbursements quoted; and
        3. Legal Fees and Disbursements included in Proposals must be GST inclusive unless the Client is not a New Zealand resident, and it is your responsibility to ensure that the Legal Fees and Disbursements included in a Proposal are correctly calculated and include GST.
    14. Warranty: By submitting a Proposal, you warrant and represent that you have the legal right, and the appropriate qualifications and expertise, to enter into a contract for Services with the relevant Client and any Associated Clients (if applicable) and to provide the Services specified in that Proposal.
    15. Acceptance: If you are notified that your Proposal has been Accepted, you must provide the Services in the manner specified in your Proposal and consistent with the Conduct and Client Care Rules.
    16. Bid Credits: If you are notified that your Proposal has not been Accepted, you will receive one Bid Credit. Your accumulated Bid Credits may be used by you to reduce the Admin Fees payable by you to us. One Bid Credit equates to $1.00 (plus GST).
    17. Bills: You will submit all Bills for Jobs to Clients via Consensus. When you submit a Bill, you must confirm whether the Bill is consistent with your Proposal and, if it is not, provide reasons (for the avoidance of doubt, this may include because the Job was Cancelled). You acknowledge we do not facilitate the payment of any Bills and it is a Client’s sole responsibility to pay Bills. We will not be responsible for late or non-payment of Bills. You acknowledge and agree that, if a Proposal you submit is not Accepted, you will not be permitted to submit a Bill to the Client in relation to the relevant Job for any Services you may have provided prior to Acceptance.
    18. Right to Remove: Neither Jobs nor Proposals are pre-screened by us. However, we reserve the right to remove any Job or Proposal that we deem to be unsuitable or in breach of these Lawyer T&Cs or the Client T&Cs.
    19. Tax: All tax obligations are your responsibility and the responsibility of Clients who Accept your Proposals.
  6. Registration:
    1. Warranty: You warrant that you have provided complete, accurate and current personal information when you Register as a Lawyer, including in relation to your qualifications, experience and expertise.
    2. Updates: You will maintain and update your personal information held by Consensus to ensure it is up-to-date.
    3. Verification: We may contact you to verify your details.
    4. Multiple Registrations Prohibited: You must not Register as more than one Lawyer, including via the use of multiple identities, personas or usernames (regardless of whether or not these are false).
    5. Suspension: Your Registration may be suspended by us in our sole discretion, including if we consider you no longer comply with clause 3 or if you do not log in to your Profile within 24 months.
    6. Supervising Lawyers: A junior Lawyer must be appropriately supervised by a Supervising Lawyer when using Consensus on behalf of their Firm. We may validate this by contacting the relevant Firm and arranging for the Supervising Lawyer to agree to these Lawyer T&Cs.
  7. Job Status: Once your Proposal is Accepted by the Client in relation to a Job:
    1. In Progress: The Job will remain In Progress until Completed, Cancelled or put On Hold.
    2. On Hold: You acknowledge that the Client has the right to put the Job On Hold once at any time for a period of no longer than two weeks. If the Client:
      1. removes the On Hold status of the Job before the end of the two weeks, the Job’s status will revert to In Progress; or
      2. does not remove the On Hold status of the Job before the end of the two weeks, the Job’s status will be automatically Cancelled.
    3. Cancellation: A Client may Cancel their Job at any time. If you have been unable to get instructions from a Client and you consider you are unable to act, or otherwise in accordance with the Conduct and Client Care Rules, you may notify the Client via Consensus that you intend to Cancel the Job if you do not receive instructions from from them within 5 Business Days of the notification being sent. If no instructions are received within that period, you may Cancel the Job via Consensus.
    4. Bill for Cancelled Jobs: If a Job is Cancelled after your Proposal is Accepted, you will be immediately entitled to submit a Bill via Consensus to the Client for portions of the Legal Fee and Disbursements set out in the Accepted Proposal. These payable portions will be determined by you in your sole discretion in accordance with the Conduct and Client Care Rules and will represent the extent of the Services completed to date in relation to the Job. Any partial refunds of Admin Fees will be determined in our sole discretion.
    5. Completion: When you consider that a Job has been Completed, you will notify the Client via Consensus and the Client may either:
      1. confirm their agreement that the Job has been Completed; or
      2. submit a Query in accordance with clause 8,
      within 2 Business Days of your notification under this clause. If the Client does not take either step, you will be immediately entitled to submit a Bill in accordance with clause 7.6.
    6. Bill for Completed Jobs: Once the Client has confirmed that a Job has been Completed in accordance with clause 7.5.1, or if the Client has not taken either step set out in clauses 7.5.1 or 7.5.2 within 2 Business Days of your notification, you may submit a Bill to the Client via Consensus for the Job.
    7. Narrations: Bills issued by you to Clients under clause 7.4 or 7.6 must contain Narrations.
  8. Queries: You acknowledge and agree that if a Client:
    1. considers that a Job is not being Completed in accordance with the Client T&Cs or they have concerns in relation to your performance;
    2. considers that a Job has not been Completed by you in accordance with the Client T&Cs;
    3. considers that a Deadline has not been met; or
    4. has concerns in relation to a Bill,
    5. the Client may submit a Query via Consensus or contact the Lawyers Complaints Service at any stage. You will be notified of a Query and will have 2 Business Days to respond to the Query setting out your response to it, and if:

    6. you do not respond within the period set out above, the Client may wish to refer the Query to the Lawyers Complaints Service; or
    7. you respond within the period set out above and:
      1. the Client is satisfied with the response, the Client may confirm that the Query has been satisfied via Consensus; or
      2. the Client is not satisfied with the response, the Client may refer the Query to your Firm’s complaints process (in accordance with the relevant Terms of Engagement) or to the Lawyers Complaints Service.
  9. Ratings and Feedback: You acknowledge and agree that a Client who has Accepted your Proposal may submit a Consensus rating in relation to you once your Job has either been Completed or Cancelled. The rating will be used to determine your rating on Consensus. A rating for a Completed Job (excluding Cancelled Jobs) may be accompanied by feedback. When a Client submits feedback to you via Consensus, it will only be shared with you by us and the Client will confirm whether they are comfortable with the feedback they provide being made available publicly by you on your Profile. You are under no obligation to make the feedback you provide publicly available on your Profile. Any feedback made publicly available on your Profile will be anonymised. For completeness and consistency with the Client T&Cs, feedback provided in relation to you by a Client will:
    1. not contain offensive, defamatory, retaliatory or inappropriate language or content;
    2. not contain personal or privileged information relating to you or your Job, or any contact details; and
    3. only relate to the Job which has been Completed,
    and we may require a Client to amend any feedback we consider to be in breach of the Client T&Cs or remove it in our sole discretion.
  10. Risk and Responsibility: You acknowledge and agree that:
    1. transactions you enter into with Clients and all contact between you and Clients via Consensus are entirely at your own risk;
    2. we do not warrant that any information about or provided by Clients to you via the Website is correct or error-free and we will not be responsible for your dealings with any Clients who may have Registered under false pretences;
    3. we provide no representations, warranties or guarantees to you that Jobs will be made available to you, that your Proposals will be Accepted or that your Bills will be paid by Clients;
    4. neither the submission of, nor your access to, any Job constitutes our recommendation or endorsement of:
      1. the Client who submitted the Proposal;
      2. the Job itself; and
    5. the Website is provided on an 'as is' and 'as available' basis.
    We give no undertakings, representations or warranties in relation to any Services advertised or offered, or Lawyers, on the Website. To the maximum extent permitted by law, we disclaim and exclude any warranties or guarantees.
  11. Liability: You agree that, to the maximum extent permitted by law, any and all liability and responsibility of us to you or any other person under or in connection with:
    1. these Lawyer T&Cs;
    2. your use of, access to, or inability to use or access the Website; or
    3. any Client’s or other Lawyer’s acts or omissions,
    is excluded regardless of whether such liability arises in contract, tort (including negligence), equity, breach of statutory duty or otherwise. Our liability and responsibility is excluded in respect of any and all loss or damage, whether direct or indirect, including (without limitation) loss of profits, loss of data, loss of business or anticipated savings, general and special damages, consequential loss and incidental loss.
  12. Indemnity: You agree to release, indemnify and keep indemnified us from and against all actions, claims, costs (including legal costs, expenses and Bills), losses, proceedings, damages, liabilities or demands suffered or incurred by us to any person arising out of or in connection with:
    1. your failure to comply with these Lawyer T&Cs;
    2. your failure to complete a contract for Services with a Client;
    3. your use of Messages and other functions made available to you via Consensus;
    4. any Proposal you submit via the Website; or
    5. content you post, submit, transmit, or make available via the Website.
  13. Breach: Without limiting any other rights or remedies available to us, we may:
    1. restrict or limit your access to or activities on the Website;
    2. remove any Proposals or any other content you submit;
    3. warn Clients or Associated Clients of your actions;
    4. issue a warning to you; and
    5. suspend or terminate your registration with Consensus,
    if you breach these Lawyer T&Cs. When limiting your activities on, or access to, the Website, we may consider any offsite or offline conduct we may become aware of that may put the Website or our systems at risk.
  14. Cancellation/Termination of Registration: You may cancel your Registration at any time by giving us 5 working days’ notice. We reserve the right to decline to Register you as a Lawyer, or to immediately terminate your Registration, without entering into any further discussion with you. Without limiting this, we may terminate your Registration if:
    1. a serious complaint or multiple complaints are received about you from any Client or other Lawyer;
    2. you breach these Lawyer T&Cs;
    3. you impersonate any other person or log in using another Lawyer’s (or Client’s) log in details; or
    4. we deem your behaviour to be unacceptable.
    In the event of termination, you agree that you will not Register, or attempt to Register, as a Lawyer again unless we have expressly consented to this in writing. If your registration is terminated, or if you cancel your Registration, your ability to use the Website will end.
  15. Login Details: You are responsible for keeping your login details, including your email address and password, secret and secure. Without limiting this, you agree not to:
    1. permit any other person to use your email address, password or Registration; or
    2. disclose, or provide to any other person, your email address, password or any other information in connection with your Registration that may allow them to gain access to your Profile.
  16. Emails and Other Communication: You acknowledge and agree that we may send you emails relating to your Registration, Jobs, Proposals, articles or other content we publish or any other information relating to the Website or your use of it, including to promote or market other ways Consensus or Consensus’ partners can assist you.
  17. Social Networking:
    1. You may Register directly via the Website or by logging into your account with a third party social networking service via the Website. If you choose to Register in this way, or to later link your Consensus account to your account with a social networking service, we will use the personal information you have provided to the social networking service (such as your name, email address, gender and other information you make publicly available via the social networking service) to Register your Profile. The information we collect from or through social networking services may depend on the privacy setting you have set with the relevant social networking services and the permissions you grant to us in connection with lining your account with the Website to your account with a social networking service. Other than what we may share with the social networking service as described below, the personal information a social networking service has about you is obtained by the social networking service independent of the Website, and we will not be responsible for it.
    2. We may also permit additional interactions between the Website and a third party website, service or other content provider, such as enabling you to share content to a third party social networking service. If you choose to share content, or to otherwise share information from or via the Website with a third party site or service, that information may be publicly displayed, and the third party may have access to information about you and your use of the Website (and we may have access to information about you from that third party). These feature may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on the Website, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Your interactions with third parties through a social networking service or similar features are governed by the respective privacy policies of those third parties.
    3. You represent that you are entitled to use your social networking service account for the purposes described herein without breach by you of any of the terms and conditions that govern the social networking service, and without obligating Consensus to pay any fees or making Consensus subject to any usage limitations imposed by such social networking services. You can disable the link between your Consensus account and your social networking service account at any time through the “Profile Settings” section of the Website when you are logged into your Profile. Your relationship with any social networking service is governed solely by your agreement with such social networking service. If your social networking service account terminates, then functions enabled through the link between your Consensus account and your social networking service account will terminate as well.
  18. Changes to Lawyer T&Cs: We may change these Lawyer T&Cs. Any significant changes will be notified to you on the Website and via email, generally with one week’s prior notice. We may make urgent changes immediately, including (and without limitation) in response to the incidence of any criminal behaviour or the identification of new security risks, and we will notify you of any such changes via email as soon as reasonably practicable. Changes will be effective immediately from the time at which the Lawyer T&Cs are amended on the Website. You must ensure you are familiar with the latest Lawyer T&Cs and your continued access to, and use of, the Website represents your agreement to be bound by the latest Lawyer T&Cs.
  19. Integrity: We will use our reasonable endeavours to ensure the availability of the Website, subject to any downtime required for maintenance. However, we take no responsibility for any system unavailability, or for any loss that is incurred as a result of the Website being unavailable. We assume no responsibility for the corruption of any data or information held by us.
  20. Disputes: As we are not a party to any transaction or contract for Services between you and a Client (and any Associated Clients), you agree not to involve, or attempt to involve, us in any dispute or in the resolution of disputes that arise between you and a Client (including any Associated Clients).
  21. Messages: We provide Message boards for the use of Lawyers and Clients to converse in relation to Jobs. The Message boards may not be used for any other purpose. We are not responsible for any of the opinions expressed in the Message boards. By posting a Message you agree to take full legal responsibility and liability for your comments, including for offensive or defamatory statements.
  22. Force Majeure: Without prejudice to clause 10, we have no liability for any lack of performance, unavailability or failure of the Website, or for any failure by us to comply with these Lawyer T&Cs where such failure arises from any cause reasonably beyond our control.
  23. No Waiver: If we do not exercise or enforce any right available to us under these Lawyer T&Cs, it does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
  24. Partial Invalidity: If any provision of these Lawyer T&Cs becomes, or is held to be, invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, and in any respect, that provision will be severed from the remaining Lawyer T&Cs, which will continue in full force and effect.
  25. Governing Law: These Lawyer T&Cs are governed by the laws of New Zealand. You submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New Zealand.
  26. Intellectual Property Rights: We (and our licensors or suppliers, as the case may be) own all proprietary and intellectual property rights in the Website (including text, graphics, logos, icons, video content and sound recordings) and the software and other material underlying and forming part of the Website. You may not, without our prior written permission, in any form or by any means:
    1. adapt, reproduce, copy, store, distribute, print, display, perform, publish or create derivative works from any part of this Website; or
    2. commercialise, copy, or on-sell any information, or items obtained from any part of this Website.
  27. Entire Agreement: These Lawyer T&Cs supersede all previous conditions, understandings, commitments, agreements and representations whatsoever whether oral or written, and constitutes the entire agreement, between you and us relating to the subject matter of these Lawyer T&Cs.
  28. Privacy: We collect, use and disclose personal information about you, as outlined in detail in our Privacy Policy.
  29. Privity: In accordance with Part 2 of the Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 (NZ), the parties acknowledge and agree that:
    1. your obligations set out in these Lawyer T&Cs confer benefits on each Client (including each Associated Client, as applicable);
    2. on the proper construction of these Lawyer T&Cs (which form a contract between us and you), your obligations are intended to create, in respect of the benefits conferred to Clients, obligations enforceable by Clients; and
    3. a Client or Associated Client may enforce those obligations directly against you.
    4. Definitions: Capitalised terms in these Lawyer T&Cs have the following meanings:
      1. Accept means a Client’s act of selecting a successful Proposal (and Accepted has an equivalent meaning).
      2. Admin Fee means the fee paid by a Lawyer to Consensus and used by Lawyers each time their Proposals are Accepted.
      3. Associated Client means a Client who is associated with a Job posted by another Client and who is also entitled to receive the Service(s) (for example, a Client’s partner who is also receiving advice).
      4. Awaiting Acceptance means the status of a Job once one Proposal has been submitted for it.
      5. Awaiting Proposals means the status of a Job immediately after it has been Posted.
      6. Bill means a Lawyer’s bill or invoice relating to the Legal Fee and Disbursements agreed for a Job provided to a Client via Consensus.
      7. Cancelled means the status of a Job when you or the Client cancels it after it has been Accepted and before it has been Completed (and Cancel has an equivalent meaning).
      8. Client T&Cs means the Consensus Client Terms and Conditions which apply as between each Client and Consensus.
      9. Client means a user of Services who Registers a Profile and may Post Jobs on Consensus.
      10. Completed means the status of a Job when the Lawyer confirms to the relevant Client via Consensus that the Job is done.
      11. Conduct and Client Care Rules means Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008 (NZ).
      12. Conflict Check means an investigation conducted by a Lawyer (or a Lawyer’s Firm) to ensure the Lawyer and/or Firm can act for a Client (and any Associated Clients, if applicable).
      13. Consensus means the trusted community marketplace bringing Clients and Lawyers together for the provision of Services, accessible at and owned and operated by Consensus New Zealand Limited.
      14. Deadline means the date by which a Lawyer who has been selected by a Client to complete a Job promises the Job will be Completed.
      15. Disbursements means all disbursements and other related costs (excluding Legal Fees and any court filing fees or expert witness fees that may be required) chargeable by a Lawyer to a Client relating to Services.
      16. Firm means the organisations owned, operated and/or employed by Lawyers.
      17. GST means goods and services tax pursuant to the Goods and Services Tax Act 1985 (NZ).
      18. In Progress means the status of a Job once a Proposal has been Accepted and while work is being done by the Lawyer.
      19. Involved Parties means any person who is not a Client or an Associated Client in relation to a Job, but who is involved in, has an interest in or otherwise relates to a Job.
      20. Job means the legal assistance required by a Client which is Posted on Consensus, for example (and without limitation) advice, the generation of documents or advocacy.
      21. Lawyer means a New Zealand qualified barrister and solicitor or barrister sole.
      22. Lawyer T&Cs means these terms and conditions which apply as between each Lawyer and Consensus.
      23. Legal Fee means a fixed fee (including GST, if any) for Services relating to a Job provided by a Lawyer to a Client, but excluding the charges which may be incorporated in Disbursements.
      24. Message means written correspondence between Clients and Lawyers provided via Consensus.
      25. Narrations means details of the work done by the Lawyer to complete (or partially complete) a Job.
      26. Not Accept means when a Client does not select a Lawyer’s Proposal (and Not Accepted has an equivalent meaning).
      27. On Hold means the status of a Job when a Client notifies the Lawyer via Consensus that that Job needs to be placed on hold due to a change in the Client’s circumstances.
      28. Posted means when a Job is made available by Clients for review on Consensus by Lawyers (and Post has an equivalent meaning).
      29. Profile means individual Lawyers’ and Clients’ pages on Consensus created when they Register.
      30. Proposal means a summary submitted by a Lawyer to a Client in relation to that Client’s Job detailing the proposed Services, Legal Fee, Disbursements and Deadline.
      31. Privacy Policy means Consensus’ policy regarding the use and conveyance of personal information via Consensus.
      32. Query means an opportunity for a Client to question (via Consensus) whether or not a Job has been or is being Completed in accordance with these Lawyer T&Cs and the Client T&Cs.
      33. Register means what Clients do when they want to use Consensus to Post Jobs at (and Registered, Registering and Registration have equivalent meanings).
      34. Registration Fee means the monthly subscription payable to Consensus in advance by each Lawyer to maintain a Profile.
      35. Services means any legal services provided by a Lawyer to a Client (and Associated Clients, if applicable) in relation to a Job.
      36. Supervising Lawye means a senior lawyer who supervises another Lawyer’s use of Consensus and who is employed by, or is an owner of, the Firm employing the relevant Lawyer to be supervised.
      37. Terms of Engagement means each Lawyer’s terms of engagement which apply as between the Lawyer (or the Lawyer’s Firm) and the Client in respect of an Accepted Proposal and which are provided to Clients with each Proposal.
      38. Website means the Consensus website accessible at
      39. Website T&Cs means the terms and conditions accepted by, and which apply to, anyone when they access the Website.
    5. Interpretation:
      1. References to “you” and “your” include you, and references to “we”, “us” and “our” are references to Consensus New Zealand Limited.
      2. A reference to:
        1. a person includes a body corporate, an association of persons (whether corporate or not), a trust, governmental or other regulatory body, authority or entity, in each case whether or not having a separate legal personality;
        2. including and similar words do not imply any limit;
        3. a reference to legislation includes that legislation as amended or replaced from time to time;
        4. a party is a reference to a party to these Client T&Cs, and includes that party’s permitted assigns; and
        5. $ or dollars are to New Zealand currency.
      3. The headings in these Lawyer T&Cs are for convenience only and have no legal effect.
      4. The singular includes the plural and vice versa.