27 Feb 2018

Sexual misconduct culture in law firms entrenched - lecturer

From Morning Report, 7:22 am on 27 February 2018

An Auckland law lecturer says it's an "open secret" in the law industry that a culture of sexual misconduct has existed across the sector "for decades".

In a Facebook post on Saturday, AUT senior law lecturer Khylee Quince said that some years ago a student had informed her of an alcohol-fueled incident after an evening seminar at Russell McVeagh. She said the event "culminated in a number of staff having sex on the boardroom table with several students".

In a statement released yesterday, the law firm said the incident had happened "more than 10 years ago", and that "due to the consensual nature of the event, a formal complaint was never made".

Guyon Espiner speaks to Ms Quince. She starts by explaining the reason why she felt compelled to speak out about the incident.