16 Feb 2018

Stephanie Dyhrberg speaks out on law firm culture

From Morning Report, 8:23 am on 16 February 2018

The law firm at the centre of sexual misconduct complaints by law students doing internships says its focus was always on the welfare of the young women involved.

Victoria University has confirmed several of its students on internships at Russell McVeagh a top law firm in Wellington reported being sexually assaulted by lawyers two years ago. A senior partner at the Russell McVeagh Pip Greenwood told RNZ that staff had not been explicitly told about a zero tolerance of sexual misconduct at the time of the incidents.

Stephanie Dyhrberg is the convenor of the Wellington Women Lawyers Association, is an employment lawyer and worked at Russell McVeagh from 1990 to 1997. She tells Susie Ferguson of her experiences.

See also: Lawyer Elizabeth Hall initiates law firm harassment survey