New Zealand Law Society - 2021 end of year closedown

2021 end of year closedown

All New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa offices and libraries will be closed for the holiday period from midday Friday 24 December 2021 until 8:30am Monday 10 January 2022.

If you need to contact a lawyer during this time, please use the Registry look up or Get Legal Help tool.

For urgent matters, you can contact us via 027 300 1029 and a member of staff will call you back if necessary. Otherwise, we will contact you when our offices reopen.

The New Zealand Law Society cannot provide legal advice.

For other matters, please check below to see if the information is provided:

How do I contact a lawyer?

If you need to contact a lawyer over the holiday period, please use the Registry look up on the front page of our website which has contact details for lawyers.

If you’re looking for a lawyer who can cover a specific area of the law, please use the Get Legal Help tool to search by practice area and location.

I can’t contact my lawyer, what should I do?

Unfortunately, the Law Society cannot provide contact details for lawyers other than those that are already publicly available. If your lawyer works for a firm, please call them. They may have an alternative lawyer available who can assist you. You could also use the Get Legal Help tool on our website to find an alternative lawyer if your matter is urgent. More information on common legal queries is available in the Community Law Manual.

I urgently need to find a family lawyer, what should I do?

Visit our Family Law Section to find information on lawyers who practise in the area of Family Law.

You can also use the Get Legal Help tool to search by practice area and location.

I urgently need to find a property lawyer, what should I do?

Visit our Property Law Section to find information on lawyers who practise in the area of Property Law.

You can also use the Get Legal Help tool to search by practice area and location.

I have an urgent police matter and need to find a lawyer, what should I do?

If you need to contact a lawyer, try using our Registry look up or Get Legal Help tool on our website.

The Get Legal Help tool allows you to search by practice area and location. Alternatively, you can find information on common legal queries in the Community Law Manual.

I need to contact an immigration lawyer what should I do?

If you’re looking for a lawyer who specialises in immigration law, use the Get Legal Help tool to search by practice area and location.

I need to find a will, how do I go about doing this?

If you don’t know the name of the lawyer who may hold the will, you can place a will notice with the Law Society advertising that you are looking for the will.

You can do this via your local Law Society branch or our national e-newsletter which is issued once a week to all practising lawyers in New Zealand. The first edition of LawPoints in 2022 will be issued on Thursday 27 January.

Please email advertising@lawsociety.org.nz from Monday 10 January if you wish to place a will notice. There is more information about will notices.

I’m a journalist wanting a response from the Law Society, who should I contact?

If you have a media inquiry, please email media@lawsociety.org.nz. The media inbox will be monitored over the holiday period. 

Can I lodge a complaint about a lawyer when your office is closed?

If you wish to lay a complaint about a lawyer, please complete the complaints form and email it to complaints@lawsociety.org.nz. We will acknowledge your complaint when our office reopens.

My firm has had a cyber attack, what should I do?

If the problem may infect other devices, please temporarily disable the connection. Please note down everything that’s happened, including when and how you noticed the issue, what’s been affected, e.g. website or email accounts, and any other relevant details. You can use CERT NZ’s online reporting tool to help you identify and diagnose the problem and next steps to resolve it.

Cyber attacks often target people by getting them to click a link or download something that gives the attacker access into a network or system. Staff are often at the frontline of attacks on legal workplaces — for example, phishing campaigns where an attacker pretends to be a trusted entity.

Please read guidance on how to keep your business safe and secure at CERT NZ and Business.govt.nz.

I’m a lawyer who’s really struggling over the break, is there anyone I can contact for help?

Our best advice during this time is to contact the Legal Counselling Service which is run by Vitae and supported by the Law Society. Counsellors are available every hour of every day and you can receive up to six free sessions.

Make sure you mention you’re accessing the "Legal Community Counselling Service".

Can I still participate in the Mentoring Programme during the break?

Yes, the mentoring programme runs 24/7 on a software platform and is open to all lawyers and people who are admitted but are not yet practising or are between roles and do not currently hold a practising certificate.

The programme is free to join, for more information email mentoring@lawsociety.org.nz.

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