Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006

22 Misleading descriptions

(1)

A person commits an offence who holds himself or herself, or any other person, out (whether directly or indirectly) as providing legal services, or as being entitled, qualified, able, or willing to provide legal services, under the description of lawyer or any of the terms specified in subparagraphs (ii) to (viii) of section 21(1)(b), if it would be an offence against section 21 for that person or, as the case may be, that other person to provide legal services under that description.

(2)

A person commits an offence who uses or permits to be used in connection with that person’s name or business or with the name under which that person carries on business any words, letters, or symbols that the person intends to cause, or are reasonably likely to cause, anyone else to believe that the first-mentioned person or any other person—

(a)

is a lawyer; or

(b)

holds any type of admission, enrolment, or practising certificate under this Act,—

unless the first-mentioned person or, as the case requires, that other person is a lawyer or is admitted or enrolled or holds that practising certificate.

(3)

A person commits an offence who uses or permits to be used any words, letters, or symbols that the person intends to cause, or are reasonably likely to cause, anyone else to believe that the first-mentioned person or any other person possesses a qualification in law or any branch of the law or possesses special expertise in any branch of the law, unless the first-mentioned person or, as the case requires, that other person holds that qualification or possesses that special expertise.

(4)

This section is subject to the exceptions set out in sections 25(2) and 27.

Compare: 1995 No 95 s 10