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Property Law Reform Panel

One of the Law Society's most valued roles is to provide an informed, reasoned and representative voice for lawyers and for the public on bills as they are introduced to Parliament and considered by select committees.

The justification for this role is set out under s65 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006:

(e) to assist and promote, for the purpose of upholding the rule of law and facilitating the administration of justice in New Zealand, the reform of the law.

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 has established a dedicated Property Law Reform Panel to support this work.

As property practitioners will know, there is a steady stream of legislative change impacting on their areas of practice and clients. 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.

The Property Law Section has appointed lawyers with expertise and experience in all areas of property law, to serve on the Property Law Reform Panel. The Panel supports 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.

Lawyers volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of the profession and the wider community, and 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, etc

A number of Property Law Section subcommittees and working groups whose activities have centered mainly or solely around property law reform have had their functions subsumed into the Property Law Reform Panel and they have now been disestablished. Their members’ expertise and experience of their members’ is acknowledged and greatly appreciated. Property Law Section members will continue to be invited to comment on law reform matters, through the Section’s e-bulletins and NZLS LawPoints.

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

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

More information on the Law Society's Law Reform committees can be found here.

Last updated on the 10th January 2020