ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

ILANZ Awards 2019

ILANZ is pleased to announce its 2019 In-house Lawyer Awards - nominations are now closed.

Six awards will be presented on Friday, 10 May 2019 at the Niche Recruitment Gala Dinner, Dunedin Town Hall.

To see the finalists, please follow this link.

The awards recognise leadership, excellence in the provision of legal services, and the valuable contribution that in-house lawyers make to both the legal profession and the wider community. The judging panels include senior in-house lawyers, so the winners have the honour of being recognised by their peers as excelling in their field.

Many lawyers and legal teams contribute quietly and effectively to their organisation or the community so they may not be willing to put their own names forward. ILANZ encourages you to nominate these outstanding individuals or teams.

Award Categories

GreenwoodRochePrivate Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year

The 2019 ILANZ Private Sector In-house Lawyer of the Year (includes state owned enterprises and mixed ownership models) may be awarded to a lawyer who has made a valuable contribution to their private sector organisation and the legal profession through:

  • Leadership and excellence in the provision of legal services aligned to the organisation’s strategic goals.
  • Effective team management (where appropriate) or management of external advisers.
  • Innovation, best practice and influence across the business.
  • Contribution to or participation in initiatives that have benefited the legal team, organisation or wider industry.

The winner will receive $5,000 to be spent on development activities or initiatives that will help them develop their career.

 

Public Sector In-house Lawyer of the Year

The 2019 ILANZ Public Sector In-house Lawyer of the Year may be awarded to a lawyer who has made a valuable contribution to their public sector organisation and the legal profession through:

  • Leadership and excellence in the provision of legal services aligned to the organisation’s strategic goals.
  • Effective team management (where appropriate) or management of external advisers.
  • Innovation, best practice and contribution to wider organisation.
  • Contribution to or participation in initiatives that have benefited the legal team, organisation or wider public service.

The winner will receive $5,000 to be spent on development activities for them and/or their team.

MAS3Young In-house Lawyer of the Year

The 2019 ILANZ Young In-house Lawyer of the Year may be awarded to a lawyer who has demonstrated their potential as a leading member of the In-house legal profession in New Zealand through:

  • Excellence in the provision of legal services that have significantly contributed to their organisation’s performance;
  • Evidence of continued learning ability and capacity to develop knowledge of areas of law beyond those previously practiced;
  • Leadership potential.
  • Contribution to or participation in initiatives that have benefited the legal team and/or wider organisation.

The winner will receive a scholarship package with a value of NZ$5,000 to be spent on development activities or initiatives that will help them develop their career.

Nominees for the Young In-house Lawyer of the Year must have worked in an In-house counsel role for less than 5 years as at 30 March 2019, and it should be no more than 10 years since their first date of admission as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand or their original country of admission. 

 

Chapman tripp logoIn-house Legal Team (private or public, large or small) of the Year Award

The 2019 In-house Legal Team of the Year Award may be awarded to an In-house legal team that has made a valuable contribution to their organisation and the legal profession through:

  • Leadership and excellence in the provision of legal services aligned to the organisation’s strategic goals.
  • Demonstrated effective teamwork and management of relationships (internal stakeholders and external advisors)
  • Innovation and best practice.
  • Contribution to or participation in initiatives that have benefited the legal team and/or wider organisation.

The winning team will receive $5,000 to be spent on development activities or initiatives for their team.

 

AUT Law SchoolAUT Law School Community Contribution Award

The 2019 Community Contribution Award may be awarded to an In-house lawyer or legal team who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession or to the community beyond their “day job” or to an in-house team.  Many lawyers voluntarily support community activities, legal and otherwise, such as:

  • Assisting with Community Law Centres.
  • Lobbying on behalf of interest groups.
  • Helping not-for-profits with their legal work.
  • Volunteering for charities.
  • Supporting the arts.
  • Involvement with cultural, sports and youth groups.

The winner will have NZ$4,000 paid to their chosen cause and will receive NZ$1,000 to be spent on development activities or initiatives that will help them develop their career.

 

 Artemis2Artemis Executive Recruitment In-house Innovation Award

The 2019 ILANZ In-house Innovation Award may be awarded to an in-house lawyer or in-house legal team that made a valuable contribution to their organisation and the legal profession through:

  • Excellence in innovation in the delivery of in-house legal services; this could be innovation in connection with a specific project, or a broader innovation initiative relating to culture, people, technology or process. 

The winner will receive NZ$5,000 to be spent on development activities or initiatives that will help them develop their career.

 

Eligibility

All lawyers employed or engaged by organisations in an in-house capacity and holding a current NZLS practicing certificate are eligible for the 2019 Awards. 

The 2019 award period runs from May 2018 to April 2019. Activities started prior to May 2018 can be included in nominations as long they continued into the award period.

There are specific eligibility criteria for some awards.

Members of the judging panels and the ILANZ Executive Committee members are not eligible for consideration in the individual award categories.

Nominations

Nominations close Friday 5 April 2019. ILANZ encourages nominations from leaders within industry, government academia, the not-for-profit sector and other organisations who work closely with their in-house lawyers and recognise the value they provide. Nominations from private practitioners who work closely with in-house lawyers are also encouraged. In-house lawyers may nominate other in-house lawyers or may nominate themselves. 

Nominees will be shortlisted on the basis of the information provided on the nomination form and finalists will be published on the ILANZ website during the week preceding the presentation of the awards. The nominators of the short-listed candidates may be contacted by a member of the Awards Committee to discuss the nomination and asked to provide additional supporting information for the judges if considered necessary.

Judging

The Public Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year award will be judged by a panel comprising the ILANZ President Sian Wingate, the ILANZ Patron Sir Ian Barker and a General Counsel or Head of Legal from the public sector.

The Private Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year award will be judged by a panel comprising the ILANZ President Sian Wingate, the ILANZ Patron Sir Ian Barker and a General Counsel or Head of Legal from the private sector.

The Young Corporate Lawyer of the Year award will be judged by a panel comprising the ILANZ President Sian Wingate, the ILANZ Patron Sir Ian Barker and a sponsorship representative.

The In-house Team of the Year award will be judged by a panel comprising the ILANZ President Sian Wingate, the ILANZ Patron Sir Ian Barker and a sponsorship representative.

The Community Contribution award will be judged by a panel comprising the ILANZ President Sian Wingate, the ILANZ Patron Sir Ian Barker and a community representative.

The In-house Innovation award will be judged by a panel comprising the ILANZ President Sian Wingate, the ILANZ Patron Sir Ian Barker and a sponsorship representative.