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Taranaki Branch

The Taranaki branch of the New Zealand Law Society had its beginnings on 6 March 1879 when the Taranaki District Law Society was founded. This became the Taranaki branch on 1 February 2009.

Governance is by an elected Branch Council, consisting of the branch President and nine Council members. The President, Alex Laurenson, 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 Taranaki branch includes the following centres: Eltham, Hawera, Inglewood, Kaponga, Manaia, New Plymouth, Opunake, Patea, Stratford, Waitara.

Lawyers in Practice

At 1 October 2015 there were 140 practising lawyers in the Taranaki branch area. This was 1.2% of all New Zealand-based lawyers.

The average time in practice for Taranaki lawyers is 18 years and 10 months and 15.8% have been in practice for 5 years or less, which is slightly below the national average of 19.3%.

  Barristers Employed
In-house Sole Practice Unspec Total
Men 3 25 36 6 6 0 76
Women 4 29 18 8 3 2 64
Total 7 54 54 14 9 2 140

Last updated on the 18th July 2016