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Over half of in-house lawyer employers have team of one

14 June 2016

New Zealand organisations which employ lawyers are most likely to have a single lawyer on their staff.

At 1 June 2016 New Zealand's 2678 in-house lawyers could be found in 595 separate organisations, with 336 (56.5%) employing just one lawyer. Businesses were most likely to have an in-house team of one, with a single lawyer in 296 of the 439 businesses employing lawyers (67.4%).

The government and government-related organisations was the biggest employer of in-house lawyers, employing 55.0% of New Zealand-based in-house lawyers. Government legal teams, however, were larger with just 20.2% of government organisations which employed lawyers having a single lawyer.

There were 21 separate organisations which employed more than 21 lawyers – just 3.5% of in-house lawyer employers, but with 44.2% of all in-house lawyers working in them.

Employers of in-house lawyers, 1 June 2016

SectorFemaleMaleTotalOrganisations
Business/corporate6233981021439
- Proportion of Total38%38%38%74%
Government8955791474104
- Proportion of Total55%56%55%17%
Local government703710731
- Proportion of Total4%4%4%5%
Unions, associations50267621
- Proportion of Total3%2%3%4%
Total163810402678595


Organisations employing in-house lawyers by number of lawyers

Sector12-56-1011-2021+Total
Business/corporate29611610116439
 67%26%2%3%1%100%
Government2132211614104
 20%31%20%15%13%100%
Local government141411131
 45%45%3%3%3%100%
Unions, associations41321021
 19%62%10%5%0%100%
Total336175342921595
 56%29%6%5%4%100%


Number of lawyers working with organisations by size of lawyer team 

Sector12-56-1011-2021+Total
Business/corporate296326721531741021
 29%32%7%15%17%100%
Government211031562299651474
 1%7%11%16%65%100%
Local government143061245107
 13%28%6%11%42%100%
Unions, associations5401714076
 7%53%22%18%0%100%
Total33649925140811842678
 13%19%9%15%44%100%

Last updated on the 16th September 2019