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Property Law Section

The New Zealand Law Society’s Property Law Section represents almost 1500 of New Zealand’s property lawyers. The Section provides services and support for its members in the development and practice of property law in New Zealand.

Property law

As a Law Society section, the Property Law Section recognises the special nature of property work, ranging from commercial and residential conveyancing to rural property, Maori land, resource management, retirement villages, wills and trusts, leases, construction and contract law.


The section supports and assists in the professional development of property lawyers through its best practice guidelines, dissemination of topical information, and through its e-dealing consultancy service. The section is also active in property law reform activities via its contribution to the Law Society’s law reform work. 

The Section has a number of objectives, including:

  • encouraging discussion and debate on property law issues and promoting best practice;
  • establishing and maintaining contact with business and government about issues relevant to property lawyers;
  • promoting opportunities for property lawyers to improve and maintain their professional skills and to gain expertise in marketing their services;
  • promoting the value and services of property lawyers to the public;
  • promoting the interests of the public in property transactions; and
  • providing easy access to property lawyers.

Membership and structure

The Property Law Section was established in 2000 and currently has over 1450 members.

The Executive Committee, consisting of 9 elected members, is responsible for the management and overall governance of the section. There are four active technical committees and numerous working parties working on specific projects.

Law Society staff provide secretarial and administrative support to the Committees and groups.

Membership benefits and activities

The Property Law Section provides information on changes and developments in property law, and publishes a quarterly magazine, The Property Lawyer, dedicated to relevant issues and written for lawyers. The Section’s website has a members-only area with membership services, best practice guidelines and other information. Use of the ‘Property Law Section member firm’ brand is available to qualifying members.

Find a property lawyer

The Property Law Section provides a “Find a Property Lawyer” service. Members of the public can search for a section member who specialises in a particular area of law, and who is located in their region.

Further information

The Section’s website is located at Inquiries can be emailed to or phone (04) 463 2966.


Download the Property Law Section factsheet (PDF, 107.4 KB).

Last updated on the 15th July 2013