As the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession globally, Best Lawyers® is pleased to announce the release of the 14th edition of The Best Lawyers in New Zealand™.

Best Lawyers lists have used a Purely Peer Review™ methodology for more than 40 years and are the preeminent guide to the legal profession. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Lawyers are the best resource to provide feedback on the caliber of work performed by their peers.

New Zealand 2023 Statistics

The 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in New Zealand recognizes the professional excellence of 598 lawyers in 72 practice areas. The honorees recognized in The Best Lawyers in New Zealand have, on average, been in practice for more than nine years.

In addition to historic individual lawyer recognition, 61 lawyers were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” honorees. “Lawyer of the Year” awards are bestowed to only lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region.

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. Lawyers are not required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo a thorough verification process to make sure they are currently still in private practice. Only then can Best Lawyers recognize these top lawyers.

Publication Statistics

Here are the highlights from the 2023 14th edition of The Best Lawyers in New Zealand:

  • 598 Listed Lawyers
  • 72 Practice Areas
  • 61 “Lawyer of the Year” Honorees
  • 4 Metropolitan Areas
  • Auckland is the Metropolitan Area with the Most Listed Lawyers

Top 10 practice areas by number of recognized lawyers in New Zealand:

  1. Labor and Employment Law
  2. Health Care Law
  3. Litigation
  4. Intellectual Property Law
  5. Corporate Law
  6. Real Estate Law
  7. Banking and Finance Law
  8. Construction Law
  9. Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  10. Capital Markets Law / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Top 10 most searched practice areas in New Zealand in 2021 on

  1. Litigation
  2. Construction Law
  3. Arbitration and Mediation
  4. Mergers and Acquisition Law
  5. Corporate Law
  6. Medical Malpractice Litigation
  7. Real Estate Law
  8. Banking and Finance
  9. Labor and Employment
  10. Criminal Defense

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