ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

From the President April 2019

From the President April 2019


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I hope everyone had a well-deserved couple of long weekends this month. It’s getting chillier and for those of you heading down south for our conference in Dunedin, I strongly recommend you pack a warm coat!!

So, what has your ILANZ team been up to this month?

Did someone mention a conference? Yes, it’s that time of the year again and Gabrielle and Tiffany are in full preparation mode. They put in a huge effort on your behalf, thank you to them. There will be plenty to learn with an amazing programme of relevant and bang on topic sessions.

A recurring positive comment we receive each year is how valuable the attendees find the ILANZ conference for engaging with their fellow in-house community. Your committee will be on hand to help this along as well as the wonderful satellite ILANZ network from Dunedin. You’ll know who they are. They have their own special t-shirts!

Share the learning

I will, as always, release a series of ‘conference condensed’ blog posts for those of you unable to attend so you can be sure to share the learning. Just keep an eye on our LinkedIn page or our website.

ILANZ Awards. I was privileged to be on the judging panel this year with our ILANZ Patron Sir Ian Barker and a variety of guest judges. It was hard to select finalists. I literally wanted every single submission to receive an award!

It was an absolute delight to view the submissions from our dedicated, engaged and passionate community. There were videos, photos, stories and outstanding letters of recommendation. All are wonderful examples of just how seriously in-house lawyers take their role as a custodian, trusted advisor and all-round helpful person. Ka Pai to you all and good luck if you are a finalist.

Shared Services Rules

We keep a close eye on any regulatory matters that may impact on our in-house members. Grant Adam has reviewed the latest solicitor general guidance on the shared services rule in relation to our government lawyer members. Thank you to Grant for his work in that space.

New NZLS President. I attended the presidential dinner mid-month to farewell Kathryn Beck and to welcome Tiana Epati. She is an inspiring leader and I really look forward to chatting with her more at our conference next week. We’re thrilled she is coming along to meet you all. If you haven’t yet viewed her video, I highly recommend you do. Click here to view.

New NZLS chief executive

I also met Helen Morgan Banda. She brings a fresh perspective to NZLS and knows her stuff. She led the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners for 6 years through similar issues that we currently face in the legal profession around mental wellbeing, succession planning, mentoring our junior lawyers and keeping ourselves relevant in the current workplace environment. I’ll be sure to keep her updated about ILANZ issues and initiatives on your behalf.

Thanks for reading, I love contributing to our community on your behalf and aim to get out and about a bit more this year to meet with you all in person.