Press Release – New Zealand Law Society
Wellington has New Zealand’s highest proportion of lawyers, with one for every 84 inhabitants, according to a Snapshot of the Profession released today. This was well ahead of the next most-lawyered locations, Queenstown (one per 185) and Warkworth (one per 234).
In its annual Snapshot, the Law Society also says the “typical” NZ lawyer is male and has the first name John.
“If the number of women in the legal profession continues to grow at the current rate, our typical lawyer will change sex in 2019,” the Snapshot says.
The typical lawyer is aged 38, works in Auckland in a law firm with one to three partners or directors, is a non-smoker and is likely to retire at the age of 68.
On 1 February there were 12,224 lawyers who hold a current practising certificate. Of these, 43% were located in the Auckland urban area and a further 19% in Wellington city. Just over 500 lawyers holding a New Zealand practising certificate were based overseas.
The lowest proportion of lawyers to inhabitants was in Kawerau (one lawyer per 3,126 people), followed by Huntly (one per 2,292) and Tokoroa (one per 1,735).
Overall, New Zealand has one lawyer for every 362 people.
The Law Society says the most noticeable trend over the past two decades has been the rise in the proportion of women who are admitted to the legal profession.
While women still comprise only 46% of all lawyers, they make up 62% of lawyers admitted to the profession annually.
The Snapshot will be published tomorrow in LawTalk. A copy of the Snapshot is available here: http://www.lawsociety.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/76258/Snapshot-2014-WEB.pdf