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Lawyers In Practice Statistics: Company and Commercial Law

Information obtained from holders of current practising certificates shows that at mid-January 2011, 1,119 practitioners spent over 50% of their time working in company and commercial law.

This was 17.4% of all lawyers who indicated an area of practice where they spent over half of their time. Company and commercial law is the most important area of practice by number of lawyers specialising in it (ie, spending over half their time).

There were 4,548 lawyers (39.9% of all practising certificate holders) who spent some of their time working in company and commercial law. The number of lawyers specialising in company and commercial law varied by location, with the main population centres tending to have the highest proportion. In Auckland branch, 11.2% of all practising certificate holders spent over half their time practising company and commercial law, followed by Taranaki (10.1%) and Wellington (10.0%). The lowest proportions were in Gisborne (no branch lawyers spent over half their time practising company and commercial law), Marlborough (1.9%) and Hawke’s Bay (4.4%).

In Canterbury-Westland, 48.9% of all branch lawyers spent some time working in company and commercial law. Other branches with a relatively high proportion of lawyers spending some time on company and commercial law were Nelson (48.6%) and Hawke’s Bay (48.4%).

Branches where the lowest proportion of lawyers spent at least some time on company and commercial law were Gisborne (32.1%) and Wellington (35.7%).

Time spent working on company and commercial law, mid-January 2011

Branch 1-25% 26-50% 51-75% 76-100% Total % Branch
Auckland

849

531

224

327

1931

39.1%

Canterbury-Westland

286

184

52

43

565

48.9%

Gisborne

15

3

0

0

18

32.1%

Hawke’s Bay

64

35

7

3

109

48.4%

Manawatu

36

13

6

1

56

38.6%

Marlborough

14

4

1

0

19

36.5%

Nelson

39

22

7

2

70

48.6%

Otago

94

52

22

8

176

43.0%

Overseas

21

16

18

36

91

29.1%

Southland

35

19

5

2

61

44.2%

Taranaki

30

18

11

4

63

42.6%

Waikato BOP

235

121

52

26

434

43.4%

Wellington

433

234

106

153

927

35.7%

Whanganui

20

5

3

0

28

41.8%

TOTAL

2171

1258

514

605

4548

39.9%

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Last updated on the 11th May 2012