New Zealand Law Society - Grace Davies: Newly admitted

Grace Davies: Newly admitted

Our very own Registry Administrator Grace Davies was just admitted last Friday. We spoke to Grace about what admission was like, her role in Registry and what she likes getting up to in her spare time.

First of all, a big congratulations on being admitted last Friday. Tell us how was your admission.

I was really excited for the admission ceremony and it was great to have my family there to support me. It’s definitely one of my greatest achievements.

I'm proud of myself for sticking with my legal studies considering how much work was involved and how competitive it was in the first few years. I remember in the first year of university there was around 1000 of us enrolled and by second year we were cut down to 300.

Is there anyone you've looked up to along the way?

I wouldn’t necessarily say I looked up to anyone but there were definitely some people who I wouldn’t have made it through university without. I had a couple of lecturers who had a great way of communicating which made classes a lot more interesting to attend and the content easier to understand. But I definitely would not have made it through all the study sessions and exams without my amazing group of friends.

Can you tell me a bit about your role in Registry?

At the moment I mainly help with updating lawyers details and processing practising certificate applications. The practising certificate application process involves me looking over everything and making sure we've got all of the required information for people to be approved. Once they have been approved, I raise their practising fees and let them know that it's ready to be paid.

A lot of the applications we receive are from newly enrolled barristers and solicitors, so I actually know a lot of the names. I either went through law school with them or did PROFS with them. It's nice to see the familiar names coming through and seeing where they ended up.

With renewals coming up what should lawyers be starting to think about?

Just to keep an eye out for the emails from Registry. Renewing your practising certificate is quite simple, all you need to do is log in to the Registry and make a Fit and Proper declaration and ensure payment is processed by the deadline on 30 June.

If a practising certificate lapses the lawyer needs to apply again which can be a bit of a hassle for them.

What do you like to get up to outside of work?

One of my main hobbies is playing football. I used to play in high school but I took a break for a few years over the time I was at university. I re-joined a team in Wellington at the beginning of last year and I’m loving it.

At the moment we're doing some pre-season training to get ready for our first game at the beginning of April. I’m quite excited to see how we go this year.

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