The Law Reform Committee oversees all of the Law Society’s law reform work. The LRC reviews bills before Parliament, as well as government and Law Commission law reform proposals.
Committee members draft the Law Society’s submissions on bills and discussion papers, with assistance from NZLS specialist committees and the Family Law and Property Law Sections.
The Law Society is an important participant in New Zealand law reform, and has a reputation for making a careful and impartial contribution to law reform, the administration of justice and the rule of law.
The Law Reform Committee supports the Law Society in fulfilling its statutory function under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006, to assist and promote law reform “for the purpose of upholding the rule of law and facilitating the administration of justice in New Zealand”.
The LRC coordinates and oversees all NZLS submissions, based on input from NZLS specialist committees and Sections, as well as interested members and branch committees.
The LRC comprises members with a passion for law reform:
The convenors of the NZLS specialist committees and chairs of the Property Law and Family Law Sections also sit on the LRC.
The LRC convenor is Tim Stephens. Tim is a barrister at Stout Street Chambers in Wellington, practising in the areas of commercial, regulatory and public law. He been in practice since 1995, including time at a leading litigation firm in London, was a partner at Simpson Grierson 2006 to 2016, and joined the independent bar in 2017.
The past 18 months have been exceptionally busy for NZLS law reform. The LRC played a central role in finalising NZLS submissions on a diverse range of reform proposals, such as submissions on: