FAQ's

This page provides answers to common questions about the NZBA or its activites. If you need further information, please contact us.

Membership

Questions about NZBA membership

I am a NZBA member. How do I create or update my "Find a Barrister" public profile listing?

Login using your email as your username and a password.  If you do not know your password, click on Request a new password and you will receive an email with instructions on how to create a new password. 

Under Bio on the left side menu you can add the details you would like to have publically displayed in your Find a Barrister listing. Choose the edit button to update the details.  In the first screen you will be asked to make the details public, add your email address, invited to upload your photo and describe your level of experience.

Choose About Me to add a short introductory paragraph. 

Under Contact Info you may add your contact details. 

Under CV you can upload a CV. 

If you want to edit your areas of practice, qualifications, or the regions in which you practice, you will find these under Additional Profile Information.  Remember to click on the edit button to make the changes and click save when you have finished creating the profile information.

Please note, the above information is in addition to the information we hold which contains your membership information that remains confidential to NZBA.

NOTE: If you do not want your mobile phone number or physical address publically visible, do not include these details in your bio . 

I am a NZBA member. How do I update/change my details?

Login to your member dashboard using your email as your username and enter your password.  Edit your membership details as required. 

How do I become a member of the NZBA?

To join the Association, either click on Join the NZBA blue box on the Home page or select Become a Member from the Membership menu above.  Select the appropriate membership type (full or associate) and the category of membership, which is based on your experience level.  The system will guide you through creating a profile (webfriend) and will send you a password.  From there you can follow the online instruction to apply for membership. 

Full Membership and some Associate Member categories will be approved and granted within a couple of days. Some Associate Member applications require approval by the Council which is done at its next quarterly meeting. If you need information about membership, please phone the NZBA Administrator on (09) 303 4515 between 9am - 3pm to discuss your options. 

Events and Training

Registering for events

How do I see my CPD points?

Your profile will show the CPD points you have earned from 1 April 2017.  CPD records for previous periods can be obtained by contacting the Administrator at NZBA.  Click here with your CPD request.

How do I register for an event?

Click on the event.  Log in to ensure you are charged membership pricing.  Purchase tickets by following the instructions. You must complete the fields marked with an asterisk.

Legal Profession

Questions about lawyers and legal practice

I am a barrister or lawyer from overseas and would like to come and work in New Zealand.

Lawyers from other jurisdictions wanting to come to New Zealand to work will need to apply through the NZLS.  Click here for a PDF of useful information relating to working and living in New Zealand. 

I am not happy with my lawyer and would like to make a complaint.

The New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) is responsible for regulating lawyers (including barristers) who practise law in New Zealand. It operates the Lawyers Complaints Service. The Service handles all complaints about:

  • Lawyers or former lawyers;
  • Incorporated law firms or former incorporated law firms;
  • People who are not lawyers but who are or were an employee of a lawyer or an incorporated law firm.

Complaints about former lawyers/incorporated law firms can only be made if the conduct complained about occurred when the person concerned was a lawyer.

Click here to be directed to the NZLS Complaints Service.

Why is there an option to search for a barrister by gender?

While the NZBA fully supports equality and diversity, we recognise that some issues are sensitive and the client may prefer to discuss it with a barrister of a particular gender.

How do I find a lawyer or barrister?

On our home page banner, there is a search box for you to Find a Barrister.  If you know the name of the barrister you want, type it in and press enter.  If you do not have a particular barrister in mind, you can search without a name and filter by region and/or practice area. Choose Advanced Search and select the appropriate filter options.   For example, you can look for all commercial barristers in Christchurch. If you can't find anyone in the field you are looking at, take out the location and see if you can find someone nearby.  Most barristers are happy to travel to represent clients in other locations.

If you are looking for a solicitor (not a barrister), follow this link to the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) Find a Lawyer list.

What is a barrister?

Many lawyers in New Zealand practise as solicitors (also known as barristers and solicitors) and work in law firms, companies or for government departments. A barrister is someone who practises at the Independent Bar. They are specialist litigators or advisors. The members of the NZBA are barristers.