New Zealand Law Society - Fees

Fees

If you are renewing your practising certificate, you are required to pay the fees due for the full year. This must be in a single payment, up front.

We encourage payment by the following methods:

  • Credit card: when making your declaration in Registry.
  • Direct credit: bank details are available on the invoice. Please clearly identify your payment with your six-digit User ID number, name and invoice number.

Cheques are being phased out by many New Zealand banks, we ask that you pay by the above methods instead and apologise for any inconvenience.

Fees for 2021/2022

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

1140.00

171.00

1311.00

New Zealand Council of Legal Education Levy

22.00

3.30

25.30

Legal Complaints Review Office Levy

130.00

19.50

149.50

Total fees payable by Barristers sole and employed lawyers

1292.00

193.80

1485.80

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

 

Fee

GST

Total

Practising Fee

1140.00

171.00

1311.00

New Zealand Council of Legal Education Levy

22.00

3.30

25.30

Legal Complaints Review Office Levy

130.00

19.50

149.50

Inspectorate Fee

380.00

57.00

437.00

Total fees payable by Barristers and Solicitors practising on own account (without a trust account)

1672.00

250.80

1922.80

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

 

Fee

GST

Total

Practising Fee

1140.00

171.00

1311.00

New Zealand Council of Legal Education Levy

22.00

3.30

25.30

Legal Complaints Review Office Levy

130.00

19.50

149.50

Lawyers Fidelity Fund Contribution

320.00

48.00

368.00

Inspectorate Fee

380.00

57.00

437.00

Total fees payable by Barristers and Solicitors practising on own account (with a trust account)

1992.00

298.80

2290.80

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 2021/22

Week Commencing Total*
5/07/2021 $1,469.52
12/07/2021 $1,441.02
19/07/2021 $1,412.53
26/07/2021 $1,384.03
2/08/2021 $1,355.54
9/08/2021 $1,327.04
16/08/2021 $1,298.55
23/08/2021 $1,270.05
30/08/2021 $1,241.56
6/09/2021 $1,213.06
13/09/2021 $1,184.57
20/09/2021 $1,156.07
27/09/2021 $1,127.58
4/10/2021 $1,099.08
11/10/2021 $1,070.59
18/10/2021 $1,042.10
25/10/2021 $1,013.60
1/11/2021 $985.11
8/11/2021 $956.61
15/11/2021 $928.12
22/11/2021 $899.62
29/11/2021 $871.13
6/12/2021 $842.63
13/12/2021 $814.14
20/12/2021 $785.64
27/12/2021 $757.15
3/01/2022 $728.65
10/01/2022 $700.16
17/01/2022 $671.66
24/01/2022 $643.17
31/01/2022 $614.67
7/02/2022 $586.18
14/02/2022 $557.68
21/02/2022 $529.19
28/02/2022 $500.69
7/03/2022 $472.20
14/03/2022 $443.70
21/03/2022 $415.21
28/03/2022 $386.72
4/04/2022 $358.22
11/04/2022 $329.73
18/04/2022 $301.23
25/04/2022 $272.74
2/05/2022 $244.24
9/05/2022 $215.75
16/05/2022 $187.25
23/05/2022 $158.76
30/05/2022 $130.26
6/06/2022 $101.77
13/06/2022 $73.27
20/06/2022 $44.78
27/06/2022 $16.28

* 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 2021/22

Week Commencing Inspectorate Fee Fidelity Fund Total
5/07/2021 $432.21 $363.97 $796.18
12/07/2021 $423.83 $356.91 $780.74
19/07/2021 $415.45 $349.85 $765.30
26/07/2021 $407.07 $342.79 $749.86
2/08/2021 $398.69 $335.74 $734.42
9/08/2021 $390.31 $328.68 $718.99
16/08/2021 $381.93 $321.62 $703.55
23/08/2021 $373.55 $314.56 $688.11
30/08/2021 $365.16 $307.51 $672.67
6/09/2021 $356.78 $300.45 $657.23
13/09/2021 $348.40 $293.39 $641.79
20/09/2021 $340.02 $286.33 $626.36
27/09/2021 $331.64 $279.28 $610.92
4/10/2021 $323.26 $272.22 $595.48
11/10/2021 $314.88 $265.16 $580.04
18/10/2021 $306.50 $258.10 $564.60
25/10/2021 $298.12 $251.05 $549.16
1/11/2021 $289.74 $243.99 $533.73
8/11/2021 $281.36 $236.93 $518.29
15/11/2021 $272.98 $229.87 $502.85
22/11/2021 $264.59 $222.82 $487.41
29/11/2021 $256.21 $215.76 $471.97
6/12/2021 $247.83 $208.70 $456.53
13/12/2021 $239.45 $201.64 $441.10
20/12/2021 $231.07 $194.59 $425.66
27/12/2021 $222.69 $187.53 $410.22
3/01/2022 $214.31 $180.47 $394.78
10/01/2022 $205.93 $173.41 $379.34
17/01/2022 $197.55 $166.36 $363.90
24/01/2022 $189.17 $159.30 $348.47
31/01/2022 $180.79 $152.24 $333.03
7/02/2022 $172.41 $145.18 $317.59
14/02/2022 $164.02 $138.13 $302.15
21/02/2022 $155.64 $131.07 $286.71
28/02/2022 $147.26 $124.01 $271.27
7/03/2022 $138.88 $116.95 $255.84
14/03/2022 $130.50 $109.90 $240.40
21/03/2022 $122.12 $102.84 $224.96
28/03/2022 $113.74 $95.78 $209.52
4/04/2022 $105.36 $88.72 $194.08
11/04/2022 $96.98 $81.67 $178.64
18/04/2022 $88.60 $74.61 $163.21
25/04/2022 $80.22 $67.55 $147.77
2/05/2022 $71.84 $60.49 $132.33
9/05/2022 $63.45 $53.44 $116.89
16/05/2022 $55.07 $46.38 $101.45
23/05/2022 $46.69 $39.32 $86.01
30/05/2022 $38.31 $32.26 $70.58
6/06/2022 $29.93 $25.21 $55.14
13/06/2022 $21.55 $18.15 $39.70
20/06/2022 $13.17 $11.09 $24.26
27/06/2022 $4.79 $4.03 $8.82

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 post original completed form to:

Registry
New Zealand Law Society
PO Box 5041
Wellington 6145

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, 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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