Legal eagles: Business clients' ongoing demand for law services has boosted industry revenue

The Legal Services in New Zealand market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2013 - 2018
Annual Growth
2018 - 2023

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Legal Service industry has performed relatively well over the past five years. This has been due to steady growth in demand for a range of legal services from clients and downstream markets, and due to some pricing growth as wages have grown. A high portion of industry revenue comes from commercial law services and legal assistance provided in relation to property matters. In contrast, industry revenue generated through criminal and family law is relatively low.

Over the five years through 2017-18, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 2.5% to reach $3.5 billion, including growth of 3.1% in the current year...

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Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Legal Services industry is in the mature stage of its economic life cycle. The industry has a long history and is well established across the country. Industry employment has continued to increase at a steady rate, including over the past five years. Further, a large and growing number of legal operators have been providing important and valuable services to many businesses, households, government entities and other organisations over this time. As a result, demand for legal services tends to be high and steady from year to year, driving steady revenue increases.

Industry value added, which is the industry's contribution to national GDP, is projected to increase at an annualised 2.5% over the decade through 2022-23. This is slightly lower than expected 2.8% G..

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Additional Insights for the Legal Services Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Legal Services Industry are

  • Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate
  • Access to a highly skilled workforce
  • Providing client confidentiality
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of businesses and Population in the Legal Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Legal Services in New Zealand Industry?

    Industry organisations provide a range of legal services to clients, including commercial, property, personal injury, family, intellectual property and criminal law services. These services include legal representation and advice, and the preparation of legal documents.

    Industry Products
    Commercial law services
    Property law services
    Other law services
    Personal injury legal services
    Family law services
    Intellectual property law services
    Industrial relations law services
    Criminal law services
    Industry Activities
    Providing commercial law services
    Providing property law services
    Providing personal injury law services
    Providing family law services
    Providing intellectual property law services
    Providing industrial relations law services
    Providing criminal law services
    Providing other legal services
    Providing solicitor, lawyer, barrister and notary services

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of businesses
  • Population
  • Total capital expenditure
  • Business confidence index
  • Dwelling commencements

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profit
  • Industry growth drivers
  • Rising competition
  • Enterprises and employment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Moderate revenue gains
  • Opportunities and threats
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Legal Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Legal Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Construction in New Zealand
  • Real Estate Services in New Zealand
  • Banking in New Zealand
  • Consumers in New Zealand

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer and Computer Peripheral Wholesaling in New Zealand
  • Legal Services in New Zealand
  • Real Estate Services in New Zealand

  • Products & Services
  • Commercial law services
  • Property law services
  • Other law services
  • Personal injury legal services
  • Family law services
  • Intellectual property law services
  • Industrial relations law services
  • Criminal law services
  • Chart: Legal Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Banking, finance and insurance firms
  • Property operators and developers
  • Governments and regulators
  • Households
  • Other sectors and clients
  • Health and technology firms
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Legal Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Rent
  • Purchases, depreciation and utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Legal Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Legal Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Legal Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Legal Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A lawyer that specialises in representing clients in court.
  • Conveyancing
  • Legal work carried out for the transfer real estate and property ownership.
  • In-House Counsel
  • A lawyer or legal specialist employed by a company or government agency to provide legal advice and services to management.
  • Solicitor
  • A lawyer that represents clients in a range of legal matters. Solicitors generally brief barristers when complex advocacy work is required.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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