Lawyers are regulated centrally through the New Zealand Law Society. The Law Society Registry maintains a central register of lawyers and issues practising certificates, invoices for fees, etc.
The Registry is responsible for:
The NZLS is required to establish and maintain a public register of lawyers that can be accessed through its website.
The register must show:
While the rules allow for it, it is not envisaged that a lawyer’s home address, home and other contact phone number or work email address will be published.
Lawyers must advise the Society of any changes to their details shown on the register or as otherwise required for the society to carry out its regulatory functions. Firms must also update their details as necessary. Lawyers should also notify the Society when they change their name.
All holders of a current practising certificate can go online to check that their current contact and employment details are correct. Personal contact and professional profile details can be updated online, but lawyers will need to contact the Registry to update employment details.
To update your details on line you will need your User ID and password. If you need to confirm your login details contact the Law Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Various rules and regulations require lawyers and/or firms to notify the NZLS:
Notification forms can be downloaded and are available on request from the registry: call on 0800 22 30 30 or email at email@example.com. Completed forms can be mailed, emailed or faxed to the Registry.
Phone: 0800 22 30 30 (or +64 4 472 7837 if outside NZ)
Fax: +64 4 463 2989
Postal: PO Box 5041, Lambton Quay, Wellington 6145, New Zealand