Requirements that have been established by law. The necessity for legal compliance can influence the nature of the practice and the development of the brief. Legal responsibilities are set out in:

* Acts (e.g., Fair Trading Act 1986, Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, Privacy Act 1993, Employment Relations Act 2000, Resource Management Act 1991, Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996)
* Standards (e.g., ISO standards – 9000, 14000 series, Standards New Zealand [SNZ] standards)

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