Conveyancing Practice in New Zealand
Conveyancers specialise in the legal process to transfer the ownership of property from one person or entity to another, and have specific training and skills in all areas relating to the sale and purchase of real estate and related transactions.
The Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 came into force on 1 August 2008. This allowed for the establishment of a new conveyancing profession in New Zealand, where only qualified and skilled persons may apply to the NZ Society of Conveyancers to become registered as a Conveyancer.
Conveyancing Practitioners are governed by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 and the rules and regulations made under that Act. Only a Registered Conveyancer, as approved by the NZ Society of Conveyancers may describe themselves as a Conveyancing Practitioner or Registered Conveyancer.
The following conveyancer registration options are available:
Registered Conveyancer – is a person who has successfully completed the Diploma in Conveyancing or successfully applied through the NZ Society of Conveyancers under an Equivalency Assessment. A Registered Conveyancer may only work under the supervision of another practitioner or firm.
Licensed Conveyancing Practitioner – a Registered Conveyancer who successfully applies through the NZ Society of Conveyancers to obtain a Practising Certificate.
Licensed Conveyancing Practitioner who practice on their own account – a Licensed Conveyancing Practitioner who successfully applies through the NZ Society of Conveyancers to practice on their own account.