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Lawyers In Practice Statistics: Tax

Information obtained from holders of current practising certificates shows that at mid-January 2011, 235 practitioners spent over 50% of their time working in tax law.

This was 3.7% of all lawyers who indicated an area of practice where they spent over half of their time. Tax law is the eighth-most important area of practice in New Zealand by number of lawyers specialising in it (ie, spending over half their time).

There were 1,131 lawyers (9.9% of all practising certificate holders) who spent some of their time working in tax law. The number of lawyers specialising in tax law varied by location, with the main population centres tending to have the highest proportion. In the Wellington branch area, 3.5% of all practising certificate holders spent over half their time practising tax law, followed by Auckland (2.0%), Waikato Bay of Plenty (1.6%) and Canterbury-Westland (1.5%). The information shows that there were five branch areas where there were no lawyers who said they spent over half their time practising tax law: Gisborne, Marlborough, Nelson, Southland and Whanganui.

In Taranaki, 14.9% of all branch lawyers spent some time working in tax law. Other branches with a relatively high proportion of lawyers spending some time on tax law were Waikato Bay of Plenty (14.0%) and Nelson (11.8%).

Branches where the lowest proportion of lawyers spent at least some time on tax law were Gisborne (5.4%) and Manawatu (6.9%).

Time spent working on tax law, mid-January 2011

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

294

36

16

81

427

8.6%

Canterbury-Westland

107

11

4

13

135

11.7%

Gisborne

3

0

0

0

3

5.4%

Hawke’s Bay

25

0

0

1

26

11.6%

Manawatu

8

1

0

1

10

6.9%

Marlborough

4

0

0

0

4

7.7%

Nelson

17

0

0

0

17

11.8%

Otago

37

2

0

2

41

10.0%

Overseas

18

2

2

6

28

8.9%

Southland

14

1

0

0

15

10.9%

Taranaki

20

0

1

1

22

14.9%

Waikato BOP

115

9

3

13

140

14.0%

Wellington

144

21

12

79

256

9.8%

Whanganui

7

0

0

0

7

10.4%

TOTAL

813

83

38

197

1131

9.9%

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Last updated on the 11th May 2012