The New Zealand Law Society has announced that there will be no increase in practising fees and levies for the 2019/20 year.
The peak body for the legal profession said that the amounts recommended by its council have already been approved by Minister of Justice Andrew Little. The fees and levies will apply to all practising certificates renewed or issued for the year, beginning 1 July.
The practising fee is $1,040. Applicants will also pay $130 to fund the Legal Complaints Review Office and $22 to fund the New Zealand Council of Legal Education.
A contribution of $380 will also be collected from lawyers who practise on their own account, to fund the Law Society’s Inspectorate. A contribution of $320 to the Lawyers’ Fidelity Fund will also be collected from lawyers who practise on their own account and also operate a trust account.
Renewal of practising certificates must be completed by 30 June. Lawyers who have not renewed by the start of July are not authorised to practice without making a new application, the Law Society said.