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Law Society Services

The Law Society's role

  • Maintain the integrity and reputation of the legal profession
  • Provide services supporting the effective development and operation of the profession
  • Be an authoritative professional voice on matters of law and issues affecting lawyers and the community
  • Facilitate a strong community of legal professionals

Law Society services

Core regulatory services

  • Maintaining public register of lawyers
  • Issuing practising certificates and certificates of character and of standing
  • Managing Lawyers Complaints Service
  • Managing processes for approval/notification of changes in modes of practice
  • Managing Financial Assurance Scheme, including trust account reviews
  • Managing the Fidelity Funds

Library and information services

  • National catalogue
  • Legal information online (library access)
  • Research and document delivery

Law reform

  • Making influential submissions on bills and discussion documents
  • Providing opportunities for all lawyers to be involved and have their say

Collegiality & networking

  • Branch social, sporting and educational events and support
  • Section membership, educational and social events
  • Committee membership

Advocacy on behalf of the profession


  • Law Points (weekly e-bulletin)
  • LawTalk (fortnightly print publication)
  • Branch and section publications and e-bulletins
  • Law Awareness pamphlets
  • Websites – main site, my.lawsociety, sections,branches, NZLS CLE Ltd
  • Public ‘Find a Lawyer’ database


  • Property Law Section
  • Family Law Section

Continuing legal education

  • NZLS CLE Ltd - extensive, top quality programme with first-rate presenters
  • Enrol and pay online

Support services

  • National friends panel and locum list
  • Practising Well – professional and personal support
  • In Practice – information on practice matters

Competency & professional development

  • Programme being developed to support high standards of competence

Last updated on the 15th July 2013