New Zealand Law Society - Key dates for lawyers

Key dates for lawyers

31 March


  • All lawyers should log in to the “Personal details” screen in the Registry database to check that their email address and phone number are still correct. See making changes
  • Lawyers who do not intend to renew their practising certificate should contact

Mid to late May

  • Renewal information is sent to the email address on record for all lawyers and firm administrators.
  • Online renewal declarations and payments can be made. See frequently asked questions

13 June

  • Recommended that all payments are made before this date to allow sufficient time for processing and resolution of any issues. See fees

30 June

  • All current practising certificates expire.
  • Online renewal declarations and payments cannot be accepted after this date.

1 July

  • New practising certificates in force.
  • Lawyers who have not completed their online renewal declarations and/or paid the required fees by 30 June:
    • will not hold a current practising certificate
    • will not be able to provide legal services in the reserved areas defined by section 6 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act
    • will have their name removed from the public register
    • will not be able to renew their practising certificate online
    • will have to complete a new application form; pay a late renewal fee of $58 and be approved by the Law Society to hold a practising certificate. See practising certificate application