New Zealand Law Society - Practising certificate renewals due by 1 July

Practising certificate renewals due by 1 July

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With just over one day to go before practising certificates for the year beginning 1 July 2017 need to be renewed, 10% of lawyers with current certificates have still to complete the renewal requirements.

New Zealand Law Society Registry Manager Christine Schofield says that at 10:00am on Thursday 29 June, 91% of lawyers who held a practising certificate had completed the required declaration and arranged for payment of practising fees and levies.

A further two percent had completed their declaration but were still to arrange payment.

Ms Schofield says that lawyers who do not intend to renew their practising certificate for the 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 year should advise the Law Society Registry by email at

"Staff in the Law Society's branches around the country are trying to personally contact all lawyers who have not renewed so far, to avoid an inadvertent failure to complete the process," she says.

The names of those lawyers who do not renew their practising certificates will be removed from the Register of Lawyers on 1 July 2017. If a lawyer wishes to renew after that date, they need to make a fresh application for a practising certificate.

Ms Schofield says lawyers with any questions are welcome to call the Law Society Registry on 0800 22 30 30 and a Registry staff member will be happy to answer any concerns or to walk them through the renewal process.