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Lawyers Fidelity Fund

The Lawyers Fidelity Fund was established by the New Zealand Law Society as a requirement of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 (“LCA”), Part 10.

The Lawyers Fidelity Fund provides compensation to people who suffer theft of any money or property entrusted to lawyers or incorporated law firms while providing legal services or acting as solicitor-trustee.

The Lawyers Fidelity Fund is held in trust by the Society and is funded by lawyers in practice on own account, with the exception of those who elect not to receive money or other valuable property in trust.

  • The maximum amount which can be paid to an individual claimant is $100,000 (Regulation 11, Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Fidelity Fund) Regulations 2008).
  • The Fund may not be used to compensate anyone for money lost which a lawyer or law firm has been instructed to invest (section 322, LCA).
  • The Fund applies for all claims relating to theft by lawyers or law firms from 1 August 2008 (Regulation 2, Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Fidelity Fund) Regulations 2008).

If you or your legal adviser believe you have a claim against the Fund, you should complete the claim form and declaration. The completed claim form, declaration and any supporting documentation should be sent to:

Secretary to Lawyers’ Fidelity Fund
PO Box 5041,
Lambton Quay,
Wellington 6145

or

Secretary to Lawyers’ Fidelity Fund
Law Society Building,
26 Waring Taylor Street,
Welllington

Email inquiries@lawsociety.org.nz with any inquiry.

Solicitors Guarantee Fund

This fund was established under the Law Practitioners Act 1982. It continues to operate, but only applies to thefts by lawyers which occurred before 1 August 2008. The fund will be wound up by the Law Society when the Society is satisfied that all claims before that date have been received and fully dealt with. The Society is required to give public notice and an Order in Council must be made to declare the fund to be wound up.

If you believe you have a claim which relates to theft by a lawyer that occurred before 1 August 2008, you may make a claim against the Solicitors Fidelity Guarantee Fund. Unlike the Lawyers Fidelity Fund, the Solicitors Fidelity Guarantee Fund has no limit on the amount which may be claimed. However, neither fund provides for compensation in respect of money instructed to be invested.

Last updated on the 3rd June 2015