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Waikato-Bay of Plenty Tops Legal Aid Rich List

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Lawyers At Top Of Legal Aid 'Rich List'

LawFuel - The Law Jobs and Legal NewsWire - Figures obtained under the Official Information Act reveal lawyers in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty region receive some of the highest payouts under the scheme as any other region in New Zealand. published the Legal Aid list on its website, which shows that the top receipients for the final six month period of 2007 was Rangitauira & Co with over $800,000, followed by Te Nahu Law with over $540,000.
The total 'top 10' firms for the region took over $3.8 million, compared to Canterbury, which took only $1.7 million for the same period.
The top 10 earners for the region (for the six months period) were:
1. Rangitauira & Co $811,000
2. Te Nahu Law $547,000
3. Lance & Lawson $440,000
4. Davys Burton $405,000
5. Gowing & Co $380,000
6. Harold Edward $296,000
7. Roger Laybourn $263,000
8. Bill Nabney $228,000
9. Ngapo-Lipscombe Law $228,000
10. Craig Tuck $219,000

1 July - 31 December 2007 1 July 2006 - 31 June 2007

1. Sonja M Cooper 1,580.674.66 1. Kensington Swan 2.257,600.16
2. Kensington Swan 1,367,406.97 2. Charl Hirschfeld 1.492.187.16
3. Charl Hirschfeld 1,325,830.54 3. Sonja Cooper
4. Rainey Collins 1,094,351.26 4. Rainey Collins 990,966.53
5. Rangitauira & Co 811,085.68 5. Powell Webber 846,434.10
6. Wackrow Williams 653,254.73 6. Rangitauira & Co 806,726.64
7. Darrell Naden 628,978 7. G J King 805,280.05
8. Shane Tait 627,224.20 8. Corban Revell 803,801.47
9. G J King 618,206.02 9. John Miller 745,450.88
10. McCaw Lewis 613,502.55 10. Wackrow Williams 672,352.98

Top Five (18 month period until 31 December 2007, rounded to nearest 1000)

1.Kensington Swan $3,625,000
2.Sonja M Cooper $2,865,000
3.Charl Hirschfeld $2,818,000
4.Rainey Collins $2,080,000
5.Rangitauira & Co $1,618,000

The full legal aid list of payments may be seen at

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