ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

What is ILANZ?

The In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand (ILANZ) is a section of the New Zealand Law Society. Previously called the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ), it was established in 1987 to meet the professional needs of in-house lawyers, including practice-sharing, networking and professional development. It recognises the distinct interests and needs of lawyers providing professional services to their employers and provides leadership, support and relevant membership benefits to its members.

ILANZ has approximately 2,620 members who are New Zealand lawyers working in corporate, government and other organisations, rather than in private practice.  The ILANZ Committee is elected by members at its annual conference.

We seek to:

  • serve the needs of in-house lawyers by providing members with the resources and the networks that are needed to better serve their organisations
  • promote the value of in-house lawyers and demonstrate their multi-faceted roles
  • promote the objectives of, and operate as, a section of the New Zealand Law Society
  • provide leadership to those providing in-house legal services
  • provide and encourage professional networking opportunities
  • act as the voice and public face of in-house lawyers
  • identify and develop professional development opportunities
  • offer up-to-date information on national and international trends in the provision of in-house legal service


ILANZ also has, and leverages from, alliances with Corporate Counsel organisations around the world, including a formal International Co-operation Agreement with:

Australian Corporate Lawyers Association

Canadian Corporate Counsel Association

Commerce and Industry Group (England and Wales)

In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa

Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association

Institut des Juristes d’Enterprise (IJE) (Belgium)

Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association

Singapore Corporate Counsel Association


ILANZ also has informal alliances with other organisations including:

ACC - Association of Corporate Counsel

IBA - International Bar Association