Every year for 40 years we highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession; completely unbiased legal referrals from the best attorneys in the world.

The 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in New Zealand recognizes the professional excellence of more than 550 lawyers in 63 practice areas, including 55 “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. For this 13th Edition, Best Lawyers honored approximately 3.8% of practicing lawyers in New Zealand*. “Lawyer of the Year” honors are awarded annually to only one lawyer per practice area in each region with extremely high overall feedback from their peers, making it an exceptional distinguishment.

Lawyers who are nominated for consideration are voted on by currently recognized Best Lawyers working in the same practice area and located in the same geographic region. Our awards and recognitions are based purely on the feedback we receive from these top lawyers. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo a thorough verification process to make sure they are currently still in private practice. Only then can these top lawyers be recognized by Best Lawyers.

Publication Statistics

Here are highlights from the 2022 13th Edition of The Best Lawyers in New Zealand:

  • 564 Lawyers Recognized
  • 153 Firms with listed lawyers
  • 63 Practice Areas

Top 4 metro areas (by number of listed lawyers):

  • Auckland (393)
  • Wellington (135)
  • Christchurch (33)
  • Nelson (1)

Top 10 practice areas (by number of listed lawyers):

  • Corporate Law (78)
  • Litigation (65)
  • Intellectual Property Law (63)
  • Banking and Finance Law (47)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law (46)
  • Labor and Employment Law (39)
  • Real Estate Law (34) 
  • Capital Markets Law (26) 
  • Insolvency and Reorganization Law (26)
  • Construction Law (25)

Top 10 most searched practice areas in New Zealand in 2020 on bestlawyers.com:

  • Labor and Employment
  • Law Health Care Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Real Estate Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Family Law
  • Insolvency and Reorganization Law

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*Based on information published by the New Zealand Law Society.