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If you are renewing your practising certificate, you are required to pay the fees due for the full year. This must be in a single payment, up front.

We encourage payment by the following methods:

  • Direct credit: bank details are available on the invoice. Please clearly identify your payment with your ID number, name and invoice number.
  • Credit card when making your declaration.

While we do accept payment by cheque it is likely to result in delays given the ongoing effects of COVID-19. We therefore strongly recommend payment by the above electronic methods. If you do wish to make payment by cheque please post it to Registry, New Zealand Law Society, PO Box 5041, Wellington 6140. Please ensure you make allowance for any postal services delays.

Fees for 2020/2021

See the total fees, levies and contributions for the current period: 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

In summary:

  • Barristers and employed barristers and solicitors - $1192 exc. GST ($1370.80 inc. GST)
  • Barristers and solicitors practising on their own account (without a trust account) - $1572 exc. GST ($1807.80 inc. GST)
  • Barristers and solicitors practising on their own account (with a trust account) - $1892 exc. GST ($2175.80 inc. GST)

The Law Society does not issue receipts for payment of practising fees, levies and contributions. Once paid, please mark your own invoice as paid.

Prorated fees

If you apply for a practising certificate during the year, fees will be calculated on a daily basis and the Law Society will invoice you from the date your application is approved, or from the date nominated on your application form, whichever is the latest (prorated fees).


Please use the Application for a Refund of your Practising Certificate form to notify the Law Society that you wish to cancel your practising certificate and request a refund for the unused portion of your practising fees.

This form must be completed and signed by the person whose name is on the practising certificate. Please post original completed form to:

New Zealand Law Society
PO Box 5041

Fees rebate for part-time lawyers

If you are a part-time lawyer, you may be eligible for a rebate on your practising fee. The rebate applies in arrears, and lawyers may apply for a rebate from 1 July of the practising fee paid for the previous full year from 1 July to 30 June.

To qualify for the rebate, you must show that:

  • your total income from ALL sources (this includes income received from government superannuation and/or government benefits) for the tax year ended 31 March in that practising year was less than $50,000; and
  • you worked, on average, fewer than 20 hours a week in that period.

The refund will be 50% of the general practising fee and does not include levies for CLE and the Legal Complaints Review Office, the Inspectorate fee or any Fidelity Fund contribution.

Use the application for rebate of fees form to apply for a rebate on your practising fee.

Last updated on the 22nd May 2020