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Interested in Property Law Reform? Now is your chance to get involved

Call for applications

The Property Law Section takes a keen interest in law reform and contributes to the Law Society’s submissions on property law reforms – this is a key part of our engagement with government, on behalf of the profession. The Section is establishing a dedicated Property Law Reform Panel to support this work, and is calling for applications from lawyers interested in serving on the Panel.

Applications must be received by Friday 16 March 2018.

As property practitioners will know, there is a steady stream of legislative change impacting on their areas of practice and clients – and now there is an opportunity to get involved in the profession’s efforts to shape those reforms. The New Zealand Law Society and Property Law Section actively monitor and comment on proposed property law reforms, on behalf of the profession and in the public interest, and we’re looking for property lawyers interested in contributing to this work.

The Property Law Section is calling for applications from lawyers with expertise and experience in all areas of property law, to serve on a newly created Property Law Reform Panel. The Panel will support the Section’s and Law Society’s reputation for producing high quality, impartial and considered submissions on a wide range of issues affecting property law and practice.

Appointment to the Panel is a great way to get involved and have your say on property law reform issues. It is also an excellent basis for professional development as well as collegiality and networking.

The Property Law Section wants to hear from lawyers who are willing to volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of the profession and the wider community, and who have experience in various areas of property law, including:

  • Land Transfer Act/residential conveyancing
  • Unit Titles
  • Trusts
  • Wills, estate administration, enduring powers of attorney, etc
  • Māori land law, marine and coastal area legislation
  • Compliance issues impacting property practitioners – e.g. AML/CFT, bright-line reforms
  • Residential/commercial tenancy law
  • Building/construction (including seismic, weathertightness etc issues)
  • Resource management, local government, property development, subdivision, and the like.

Download the PLS Law Reform Panel’s terms of reference.

Role descriptions

Download an overview of the Property Law Section’s law reform work.

To apply

Apply online to join the PLS Law Reform Panel, by 5pm Friday 16 March 2018. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via email. Application forms and information packs can also be requested from

The Panel will be appointed by the Property Law Section’s Executive Committee in April. Appointments will be for a two-year term.

Applications close at 5pm Friday 16 March 2018.

Last updated on the 14th December 2017