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Property Law Section

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.


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 has around 1,500 current 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 and expertise, supported by the Property Law Section Manager. There are several technical committees who advise on specific practice matters and working groups are formed as required. Law Society staff provide administrative support to the Section.

Membership benefits and activities

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

Contact the Section

Please email us or call us on 04  889 4466.

Last updated on the 13th May 2020