The recession is starting to hit the legal profession, with firms big and small letting employees go.
The Lawfuel job site says a significant number of executives involved in conveyancing work, in particular, have been made redundant.
Ex-pats returning home because of the financial crisis overseas, are warned they will face a very tight market in New Zealand.
Law Society president John Marshall agrees that times are tough and he does not expect the situation to improve for at least a year.
But he says there should be more insolvency and debt recovery work for lawyers, when businesses start to fail.