New Zealand Law Society - Renewing your practising certificate

Renewing your practising certificate

Lawyers must renew their practising certificate by midnight 30 June (NZST) to continue practising. From 1 July, lawyers who have not renewed will be removed from the public register. They will no longer be able to renew their practising certificate and will need to apply for a new practising certificate instead.

To renew your practising certificate, before midnight 30 June (NZST):

  • complete your 'fit and proper' declaration
  • pay fees and levies (allowing plenty of time for payment to be received and processed).

Log in to Registry

You can log in to Registry using your six-digit User ID (including any leading zeros), and password. Your User ID is noted on your practising certificate. You can also find it in emails we’ve sent you in the past about renewals or making your CPD declaration. 

If you don’t know your password, click 'Forgot password?' to send a password reset link to this email address.

Make your 'fit and proper' declaration

To make your ‘fit and proper’ declaration, log in to Registry and go to the ‘Fit & Proper Declaration’ screen. You'll need to answer the 5 yes-no questions.

You must complete your own declaration personally.

Read more about completing the declaration

Payment

It is the lawyer's responsibility to ensure their fees are paid by 30 June 2021.

You can pay by:

If your organisation is paying your fees please ensure the appropriate person has a copy of your invoice and allows enough time for payment to be received and processed by the due date.

Invoices and receipts

The invoice becomes your receipt when it’s paid, we don’t issue a separate receipt.

Lawyers and firm administrators are able to print invoices in Registry, from the ‘Tax Invoices’ screen. Only invoices dated May in the practising year relate to the current practising certificate round.

If your organisation would like to appoint an administrator to oversee its lawyers please contact Registry.

Accessing practising certificates

When you have renewed, go to the ‘Practising Certificates’ screen in Registry to access your new practising certificate. Your current practising certificate will remain visible until 1 July.

While you’re not required to print your certificate, you should confirm that it’s available so you know your renewal has been successful.

If your practising certificate is not renewed

If both payment and declaration are not complete by midnight 30 June (NZST), your practising certificate will lapse and you will be unable to practise from 1 July. You will then need to make an application for a new practising certificate. 

New practising certificates are in force on 1 July. Lawyers who have not renewed before this date are removed from the public register. Lawyers will be in breach of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 if they continue to practise without a valid practising certificate.

The Law Society may advise the Legal Services Agency, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), the courts and the profession of the names of lawyers known to have been in private practice and offering services directly to the public who have not renewed their certificates by the due date, and who have not advised the Law Society that they were ceasing practice.

If these people subsequently apply for and are issued with a new practising certificate, their names will be restored to the public register. The new practising certificate will only be effective from the date of issue and not from the date at which their previous certificate lapsed.

Law Society membership

Law Society membership is optional and currently free of charge. Members are entitled to special rates for NZLS CLE Ltd training, to be invited to local networking events and receive regional updates from us among other benefits. Most lawyers have elected to be members. If you have done so, your membership will automatically renew and it will appear with no cost on your invoice.

To join, or if you no longer want to be a member of the Law Society, or one of our sections, please email registry@lawsociety.org.nz

Sections membership

Being a member of the Law Society also allows you to join our sections. Sections give you access to member-only resources, discounted conferences and seminars, and regular updates with information relevant to the practice areas, among other benefits.

There are three specialist sections of the Law Society:

Each section provides its members with resources and membership benefits.

If you are a current member of the Family Law Section or Property Law Section, the renewal of your membership will be included on your invoice. If you are not intending to renew your section membership, please advise registry@lawsociety.org.nz

There is no fee for the ordinary In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand (ILANZ) membership. If you renewed your premium ILANZ membership at the ILANZ conference, you will not be invoiced for this. You can find information about premium memberships benefits on the ILANZ website.

Check your information is up-to-date

Renewal is a good time to let us know if your information is still current.

Go to the ‘Personal Details’ screen in Registry to update your:

  • email address
  • phone number
  • address


Go to the ‘Statistics’ screen in Registry to update your:

  • practising areas
  • languages


Make sure you tick the box at the top to show this information on the Public Register. This will help people find you on our website.

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