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Hawke's Bay Branch

The Hawke's Bay branch of the New Zealand Law Society had its beginnings on 18 February 1886 when the Hawke's Bay District Law Society was founded. This became the Hawke's Bay branch of the Law Society on 1 February 2009.

Governance is by an elected Branch Council, consisting of the branch President, the Vice-President and seven Council members. The President, Alison Souness, represents the branch on the New Zealand Law Society's Council. 

The branch functions include:

  • representing and serving the interests of local Law Society members; 
  • upholding the fundamental obligations imposed by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 on lawyers who provide regulated services;
  • attending to representative functions, including promoting collegiality within the branch;
  •  assisting and promoting law reform.


The Hawke's Bay branch includes the centres of Dannevirke, Hastings, Havelock North, Napier, Tamatea, Taradale, Waipawa and Waipukurau.

Lawyers in Practice

At 1 October 2015 there were 213 practising lawyers in the Hawke's Bay branch area.

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Last updated on the 28th October 2015