ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

From the President June/July 2019

From the President June/July 2019

By SIAN WINGATE ILANZ COMMITTEE PRESIDENT| 1 July 2019

1 Sian Wingate smallKia ora koutou

Winter has finally arrived. Saturday morning sports are becoming a bit chillier to watch from the sidelines for me here in Taranaki. However, a brisk start to the morning definitely wakes me up! I hope you’re all keeping warm and healthy wherever you’re based.  

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

It’s been a quieter month in terms of events but there is lots of work still going on behind the scenes.

ILANZ getting more recognition

One of the objectives of ILANZ is to gain more recognition as a ‘go to’ organisation for commentary, information and advice on the in-house legal practice type in NZ.

To help to achieve this, from November 2019 ILANZ will have a chapter in the ‘Stepping Up Foundation for Practising on Own Account’ course materials. This is the mandatory course that all sole practitioners, partners or directors of law firms and barristers sole must complete before applying to practise on their own account.

I have authored the chapter with help from our community. Sir Ian Barker, our patron, has offered his viewpoint of the evolution of the in-house lawyer across his 60-year career. Other contributors have given me invaluable help. Thank you to Hayley Evans at Wellington City Council, Caroline Sigley from Bayer, John Buick-Constable from New Zealand Government Procurement and Property at MBIE, Helen Mackay from Juno Legal, Stephen Mullins from LOD and Prue Tyler and Kate Watt from Shift Advisory for offering their thoughts on some key themes. By asking for help, I have been able to pull together a summary of the in-house profession as it exists today, outline what in-house teams look for in their external legal providers and how the profession is evolving to include alternative in-house practice models.

Conference Condensed blog

Apologies, the first blog was not released a week after the last Insider as promised. My wee ones have kept me very busy with winter ailments on a recurring loop all month. So, to make up for it, here is a double blog-edition!

Committee meeting June 2019

The ILANZ committee now meets every quarter face to face. This way we can spend a morning working through regulatory matters for attention, plan events and discuss tactical initiatives.

At our kanohi ki te kanohi on 13 June we continued to develop planning for a cultural competency workshop that we believe could benefit our members. These are facilitated workshops aimed at increasing cultural competence. The purpose of these workshops is to equip attendees with the tools and confidence to encourage productive conversations about race and assist in day-to-day interactions in the workplace and beyond.

Thanks for reading and please remember that we’re always open to any questions, requests for assistance or a general chat. I’m at ilanz.president@lawsociety.org.nz .

Nga mihi nui

Sian