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The concept of law firm incorporation was introduced with the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 (LCA).
As soon as an incorporated law firm is formed, Regulation 16 of the LCA (Lawyers: Practice Rules) Regulations 2008 requires that the Law Society is advised of:
Every subsequent change of name, directors or shareholders must also be notified as soon as practicable. If the Law Society requests further information about the firm’s structure, directors or shareholders, this must be provided promptly.
The incorporated law firm structure is also available to barristers.
The LCA defines ‘misconduct’ and ‘unsatisfactory conduct’. These provisions apply to incorporated law firms (or former incorporated law firms) in the same way as to other lawyers. Any orders a standards committee can make against an individual lawyer may also be made against an incorporated law firm.
Incorporated law firms are referenced throughout the LCA and associated regulations. The more important of these are:
More information on incorporating your law firm is available in the NZLS CLE books Incorporating Your Law Firm – What you need to know (Grice, Haynes and Thompson), June 2007; and Incorporating Your Law Firm – Working Through the Process (Grice, Haynes and Thompson), October 2008.
To order these, contact NZLS CLE: www.lawyerseducation.co.nz