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Property Law Section

The New Zealand Law Society’s Property Law Section represents almost 1,500 of New Zealand’s property lawyers and provides support to them in the development and practice of property law in New Zealand.

The section’s website is www.propertylawyers.org.nz. Inquiries can be emailed to property@lawsociety.org.nz

About property law

Over 4,000 New Zealand lawyers carry out some property work. Property work includes commercial and residential conveyancing, rural property and Māori land matters, resource management, retirement villages, wills and trusts construction, contract law and much more.

Objectives

The Property Law Section recognises the special nature of property law practice. The Section represents and supports its members in their work and professional development and is active in relevant law reform activities.

Objectives of the Section include:

  • promote opportunities for property lawyers to improve and maintain their professional skills;
  • aid members to market their services;
  • encourage discussion and debate on property law issues and to promote best practice;
  • establish and maintain contact with business and government about issues relevant to property lawyers;
  • promote the interests of the public in property transactions;
  • provide easy access to property lawyers.

Membership and structure

The Property Law Section was established in 2000 and now has almost 1,500 members. Practising property lawyers may apply to become full members of the Section. Associate membership is available to others who have an interest in or work in property law. Legal Executives are encouraged to become associate members.

The Section is governed by an elected executive committee of practising lawyers who volunteer their time. There are several technical committees who advise on specific practice matters and working groups are formed as required. Law Society staff provide secretarial and administrative support to the Section.

Membership benefits and activities

The Property Law Section offers membership of a national body focused on property law. It provides regular information on changes and developments in property law, and publishes a quarterly journal, The Property Lawyer.

The members-only area of the Section website contains best practice guidelines and other resources for practitioners as well as information on the Section’s accreditation scheme and branding opportunities.

The section administers an e-dealing consultancy service, providing email support to members and non-members using the e-dealing system.

More information about membership and joining the Property Law Section is available. 

Find a property lawyer

The Property Law Section provides a public website service called 'Find a Property Lawyer'. This enables the searcher to find a local lawyer belonging to the Section who specialises in a particular area of property law.

Find a Property Lawyer is located at www.propertylawyers.org.nz/public/find-a-lawyer.

Last updated on the 1st October 2014