Practice by a barrister and solicitor on own account is governed by s30 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 (“the Act”), regulations 12-15 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Practice Rules) Regulations 2008, (“the Practice Rules”) and the Trust Account Regulations 2008, made under the Act.
You must be qualified to practise on own account as a barrister and solicitor if you:
If you wish to practise on own account as a barrister and solicitor, the Law Society must be satisfied that you are a suitable person to do so, having regard to:
A free webinar is available from NZLS CLE that provides information about practising on your own account. It covers topics such as:
The webinar may be useful if you are considering your options but unsure of the process or if you meet the criteria. You can access the webinar on the NZLS CLE website.