New Zealand Law Society - Fees

Fees

If you are renewing your practising certificate, the practising fees and levies are due in a single payment before the practising year begins on 1 July. We recommend that payments are made by 15 June to allow sufficient time for processing and the resolution of any issues.

If this is your first practising certificate, or you are reapplying after taking a break from the practice of law, the fees you will pay are prorated and calculated daily from the date of approval or a future date nominated by you. On completion of the approval process, payment instructions will be emailed to you. More information on the practising fee and levy calculations are set out below.

Payments can be made by credit card, direct credit or online banking.

Payment by credit card

We recommend this method of payment. Credit card payments are usually processed instantly and will provide an immediate record to confirm that payment has been received.

To pay by credit card:

  • Log in to Registry and go to the ‘Pay Fees’ screen, ensure the check box next to your name is ticked, then click the ‘Continue’ button.
  • On the ‘Payment Summary’ screen check the ‘total due’ is correct, then click the ‘Continue’ button.
  • Enter your credit card information and click the ‘Pay’ button.
  • Once the payment has been processed an ‘Online Payment – Confirmation’ screen appears – do not exit until you see this screen. You may want to keep a copy of this confirmation for your records.

Payment by direct credit or internet banking

Please allow several working days for this method of payment to be processed. Only include payment for renewal fees and levies, not other services such as seminars.

To pay by direct credit or internet banking deposit the payment into the New Zealand Law Society ASB account: 

12 3140 0119103 07

Please ensure that the following information is identified clearly:

Particulars:         [person’s name]

Code:                   [User ID]

Reference           [invoice number]

Invoice numbers change each year so please ensure that you have included the correct invoice number in the Reference field.

Fees for 2022/2023

Regulatory fees and levies are compulsory for all lawyers and enable the Law Society to meet its legal obligations to protect the consumers of legal services and uphold professional standards.

Compulsory fees payable by barristers and employed lawyers

 

Fee

GST

Total

Practising Fee

1290.00

193.50

1483.50

New Zealand Council of Legal Education Levy

19.00

2.85

21.85

Legal Complaints Review Office Levy

120.00

18.00

138.00

Total fees payable

1429.00

214.35

1643.35

Compulsory fees payable by barristers and solicitors practising on own account (without a trust account)

 

Fee

GST

Total

Practising Fee

1290.00

193.50

1483.50

New Zealand Council of Legal Education Levy

19.00

2.85

21.85

Legal Complaints Review Office Levy

120.00

18.00

138.00

Inspectorate Fee

430.00

64.50

494.50

Total fees payable

1859.00

278.85

2137.85

Compulsory fees payable by barristers and solicitors practising on own account (with a trust account)

 

Fee

GST

Total

Practising Fee

1290.00

193.50

1483.50

New Zealand Council of Legal Education Levy

19.00

2.85

21.85

Legal Complaints Review Office Levy

120.00

18.00

138.00

Lawyers Fidelity Fund Contribution

320.00

48.00

368.00

Inspectorate Fee

430.00

64.50

494.50

Total fees payable

2179.00

326.85

2505.85

Law Society membership is optional. Additional membership fees are listed below.

Additional membership fees

 

Fee

GST

Total

New Zealand Law Society Membership

0.00

0.00

0.00

Family Law Section - Membership Fee

213.04

31.96

245.00

Family Law Section - Membership Fee (New Practitioner)

100.00

15.00

115.00

Family Law Section - Membership Fee (Community Law Centre Employee)

100.00

15.00

115.00

Property Law Section – Membership Fee

180.00

27.00

207.00

Property Law Section – Membership Fee (Subsequent Member)

150.00

22.50

172.50

Prorated fees

If you apply for a practising certificate during the year, fees will be calculated on a daily basis and the Law Society will invoice you from the date your application is approved, or from the date nominated on your application form, whichever is the latest.

Lawyers ceasing practice during the practising year will be refunded fees pro-rated daily.

Barristers and employed lawyers

The schedule below is intended as a guide to the practising fees that might be payable by a barrister or an employed barrister and solicitor depending on when the application is approved.

Schedule of prorated fees for 2022/23

Week Commencing Total*
4/07/2022 $1,629.84
11/07/2022 $1,598.33
18/07/2022 $1,566.81
25/07/2022 $1,535.29
1/08/2022 $1,503.78
8/08/2022 $1,472.26
15/08/2022 $1,440.75
22/08/2022 $1,409.23
29/08/2022 $1,377.71
5/09/2022 $1,346.20
12/09/2022 $1,314.68
19/09/2022 $1,283.16
26/09/2022 $1,251.65
3/10/2022 $1,220.13
10/10/2022 $1,188.61
17/10/2022 $1,157.10
24/10/2022 $1,125.58
31/10/2022 $1,094.07
7/11/2022 $1062.55
14/11/2022 $1031.03
21/11/2022 $999.52
28/11/2022 $968.00
5/12/2022 $936.48
12/12/2022 $904.97
19/12/2022 $873.45
26/12/2022 $841.94
2/01/2023 $810.42
9/01/2023 $778.90
16/01/2023 $747.39
23/01/2023 $715.87
30/01/2023 $684.35
6/02/2023 $652.84
13/02/2023 $621.32
20/02/2023 $589.81
27/02/2023 $558.29
6/03/2023 $526.77
13/03/2023 $495.26
20/03/2023 $463.74
27/03/2023 $432.22
3/04/2023 $400.71
10/04/2023 $369.19
17/04/2023 $337.67
24/04/2023 $306.16
1/05/2023 $274.64
8/05/2023 $243.13
15/05/2023 $211.61
22/05/2023 $180.09
29/05/2023 $148.58
5/06/2023 $117.06
12/06/2023 $85.54
19/06/2023 $54.03
26/06/2023 $22.51

* Total includes practising fee, Council of Legal Education levy, Lawyers Complaints Review Office levy and GST.

Note:

  • The practitioner is not eligible to commence practice until the application is approved and the fees paid.
  • Fees are calculated from when the application is approved or when the person is proposing to commence practice (if this is after the date the application is approved)
  • Payment can be sent with the application.
  • If payment is not sent with the application, then an invoice will be sent.

Additional fees for barristers and solicitors practising on own account

A barrister and solicitor commencing practising on own account as sole practitioner, partner in a law firm or as a director of an incorporated law firm is required to pay the Inspectorate fee and Lawyers Fidelity Fund contribution prior to commencing practise. 

Lawyers who make an election under s317 and do not operate a trust account are not required to contribute to the Lawyers Fidelity Fund.

Schedule of prorated fees for 2022/23

Week Commencing Inspectorate Fee Fidelity Fund Total
04/07/2022 $490.44 $364.98 $855.41
11/07/2022 $480.95 $357.92 $838.87
18/07/2022 $471.47 $350.86 $822.33
25/07/2022 $461.98 $343.80 $805.79
1/08/2022 $452.50 $336.75 $789.25
8/08/2022 $443.02 $329.69 $772.71
15/08/2022 $433.53 $322.63 $756.16
22/08/2022 $424.05 $315.57 $739.62
29/08/2022 $414.57 $308.52 $723.08
5/09/2022 $405.08 $301.46 $706.54
12/09/2022 $395.60 $294.40 $690.00
19/09/2022 $386.12 $287.34 $673.46
26/09/2022 $376.63 $280.28 $656.92
3/10/2022 $367.15 $273.23 $640.38
10/10/2022 $357.67 $266.17 $623.84
17/10/2022 $348.18 $259.11 $607.29
24/10/2022 $338.70 $252.05 $590.75
31/10/2022 $329.22 $245.00 $574.21
7/11/2022 $319.73 $237.94 $557.67
14/11/2022 $310.25 $230.88 $541.13
21/11/2022 $300.76 $223.82 $524.59
28/11/2022 $291.28 $216.77 $508.05
5/12/2022 $281.80 $209.71 $491.51
12/12/2022 $272.31 $202.65 $474.97
19/12/2022 $262.83 $195.59 $458.42
26/12/2022 $253.35 $188.54 $441.88
2/01/2023 $243.86 $181.48 $425.34
9/01/2023 $234.38 $174.42 $408.80
16/01/2023 $224.90 $167.36 $392.26
23/01/2023 $215.41 $160.31 $375.72
30/01/2023 $205.93 $153.25 $359.18
6/02/2023 $196.45 $146.19 $342.64
13/02/2023 $186.96 $139.13 $326.10
20/02/2023 $177.48 $132.08 $309.55
27/02/2023 $167.99 $125.02 $293.01
6/03/2023 $158.51 $117.96 $276.47
13/03/2023 $149.03 $110.90 $259.93
20/03/2023 $139.54 $103.85 $243.39
27/03/2023 $130.06 $96.79 $226.85
3/04/2023 $120.58 $89.73 $210.31
10/04/2023 $111.09 $82.67 $193.77
17/04/2023 $101.61 $75.62 $177.23
24/04/2023 $92.13 $68.56 $160.68
1/05/2023 $82.64 $61.50 $144.14
8/05/2023 $73.16 $54.44 $127.60
15/05/2023 $63.68 $47.39 $111.06
22/05/2023 $54.19 $40.33 $94.52
29/05/2023 $44.71 $33.27 $77.98
5/06/2023 $35.22 $26.21 $61.44
12/06/2023 $25.74 $19.16 $44.90
19/06/2023 $16.26 $12.10 $28.36
26/06/2023 $6.77 $5.04 $11.82

Receipts

The invoice becomes your receipt when it’s paid. The Law Society does not issue a separate receipt.

Refunds

To request a refund for the unused portion of your practising fees please use the Application for a Refund of your Practising Certificate form to notify the Law Society that you wish to cancel your practising certificate.

This form must be completed and signed by the person whose name is on the practising certificate. Please send the completed form to: registry@lawsociety.org.nz.

Fees rebate for part-time lawyers

If you are a part-time lawyer, you may be eligible for a rebate on your practising fee. The rebate applies in arrears, and lawyers may apply for a rebate from 1 July of the practising fee paid for the previous full year from 1 July to 30 June.

To qualify for the rebate, you must show that:

  • your total income from ALL sources (this includes income received from government superannuation and/or government benefits) for the tax year ended 31 March in that practising year was less than $50,000; and
  • you worked as a lawyer, on average, fewer than 20 hours a week in that period.

The refund will be 50% of the general practising fee and does not include levies for CLE and the Legal Complaints Review Office, the Inspectorate fee or any Fidelity Fund contribution.

Use the application for rebate of fees form to apply for a rebate on your practising fee.

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