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For more information, email ILANZ, or phone the ILANZ co-ordinator on (4) 463 2991. ILANZ can also be contacted via its website


As a Law Society Section, the In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand (ILANZ) recognises the distinct interests and needs of lawyers who provide professional services to their organisations.

Key ILANZ goals are to:

  • meet the needs of in-house lawyers by providing members with resources and networks to better serve their organisations;
  • promote the value of in-house lawyers and demonstrate their multi-faceted roles;
  • provide leadership to those providing in-house legal services;
  • offer up-to-date information on national and international trends in the provision of in-house legal service;
  • identify and develop professional development opportunities;
  • act as the voice and public face of in-house lawyers in New Zealand; and
  • provide collegial events and supports for in-house lawyers.


ILANZ governance is through the ILANZ committee, which is led by a 5-member Executive Committee, consisting of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Executive Officer. ILANZ ’s executive office and administrative support are based at the New Zealand Law Society’s National Office in Wellington.

Membership Benefits and Activities

Practising in-house lawyers who are members of the New Zealand Law Society qualify for full ILANZ membership. There are two categories of full membership: ordinary and premium. Ordinary ILANZ members pay no fee to belong and receive the monthly In-house Insider newsletter and they may attend events, vote in ILANZ elections and stand for committee election.

ILANZ premium members pay a fee and are entitled to other benefits as well as those available to ordinary members. Premium membership enables access to the ILANZ-Bell Gully Essential Guide to In-House Practice, which is an online practice guide specifically developed for New Zealand in-house lawyers. Premium members also get preferential registration and discounts at ILANZ events. This includes a substantial discount at ILANZ ’s signature event, its annual 2-day conference held in May each year with more than 300 delegates. ILANZ offers associate membership to people with an interest in and affiliation with in-house legal practice.

ILANZ provides guidance, templates and advice about the Continuing Professional Development scheme and welcomes individual queries from all members on how in-house lawyers can ensure compliance with the scheme and on any other aspect of in-house practice. While in-house lawyers are concentrated in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, there are a number of members throughout the rest of the country. ILANZ has established satellite networks in regional areas and in different practice areas to align with members’ geographic spread and interests. If you are interested in joining or starting a satellite network in your area, please contact ILANZ .


Recognising the affinities between in-house counsel worldwide, ILANZ has co-founded In-house Counsel Worldwide (ICW) with ACLA (Australian Corporate Lawyers Association), CCCA (Canadian Corporate Counsel Association), the C&I Group (England and Wales), CLASA (Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa), HKCCA (Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association), MCCA (Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association) and SCCA (Singapore Corporate Counsel Association). ILANZ can provide resources and contacts in each of these jurisdictions.

Last updated on the 1st December 2018