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Fees

If you are renewing your practising certificate, you are required to pay the fees due for the full year. This must be in a single payment, up front.

You can pay by credit card or cheque. Direct credit is also accepted, but care must be taken to reference the payment clearly to enable identification.

Fees for 2018/2019

See the total fees, levies and contributions for the current period: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

In summary:

  • Barristers and employed barristers and solicitors - $1192 exc. GST ($1370.80 inc. GST)
  • Barristers and solicitors practising on their own account (without a trust account) - $1572 exc. GST ($1807.80 inc. GST)
  • Barristers and solicitors practising on their own account (with a trust account) - $1892 exc. GST ($2175.80 inc. GST)

The Law Society does not issue receipts for payment of practising fees, levies and contributions. Once paid, please mark your own invoice as paid.

Prorated fees

If you apply for a practising certificate during the year, fees will be calculated on a daily basis and the Law Society will charge you from the date you are issued with a practising certificate (prorated fees).

Refunds

Please use the Application for a Refund of your Practising Certificate form to notify the Law Society that you wish to cancel your practising certificate and request a refund for the unused portion of your practising fees.

This form must be completed and signed by the person whose name is on the practising certificate. Please post original completed form to:

Registry
New Zealand Law Society
PO Box 5041
Wellington 

Fees rebate for part-time lawyers

If you are a part-time lawyer in private practice you may be eligible for a rebate on your practising fee. The rebate applies in arrears, and lawyers may apply for a rebate from 1 July of the practising fee paid for the previous full year from 1 July to 30 June.

To qualify for the rebate, you must show that:

  • your gross income (income before expenditure) from fees (or salary if you are an employee) for the tax year ended 31 March in that practising year was less than $40,000; and
  • this was your main source of income; and
  • you worked, on average, fewer than 20 hours a week in that period.

The refund will be 50% of the general practising fee and does not include levies for CLE and the Legal Complaints Review Office, the Inspectorate fee or any Fidelity Fund contribution.

Use the application for rebate of fees form to apply for a rebate on your practising fee.

Last updated on the 24th May 2018